Meeting with a faculty mentor

All physics students are assigned a physics faculty mentor in order to guide their academic progress while pursuing a major in physics. Students must meet with their assigned faculty mentor at least once a semester, prior to registering for classes. Faculty mentors provide guidance on physics major coursework, research opportunities, and career paths. Assignments by last name are intended for initial visits. Students are encouraged to work with the same faculty mentor over the course of their academic career, when feasible.

Students should prepare for a meeting with a faculty mentor by knowing their current schedule and their plans for the future. Students should bring a mentoring form, and should visit faculty mentors during their office hours.

Note: During the summer, faculty mentors do not hold weekly office hours. Please email your mentor for assistance.

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: A-B)

Paul Romatschke Portrait

Paul Romatschke

Associate Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: A-B)
Office Hours: Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m . • Office: DUAN D137 • Research Interests: Cold Dense Matter, Relativistic Viscous Hydrodynamics, Non-Abelian Plasma Instabilities, Nonlinear Gravity among other topics. Selected Publications: A. Kurkela, P. Romatschke, A. Vuorinen and B. Wu, Looking inside neutron stars: Microscopic calculations confront observations (2010). A. Kurkela, P. Romatschke and A. Vuorinen, Cold Quark Matter, Phys.Rev.D81:105021 (2010). Eduardo S. Fraga, Paul Romatschke, The Role of...

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: C-E)

Oliver DeWolfe Portrait

Oliver DeWolfe

Associate Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: C-E)
Office Hours: Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. • Office: DUAN F327 • Research Interests: I am interested in string theory and supergravity, their applications to other phenomena via holography, particle physics, cosmology and quantum field theory. String theory is a leading candidate for a theory of quantum gravity, and also provides a framework for the unification of the forces of nature. It has both "direct" applications, by which one...

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: F-H)

Michael Calkins Portrait

Michael Calkins

Assistant Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: F-H)
Office Hours: Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. • Office: DUAN F727 • Research Interests: My research interests can be broadly classified as geophysical and astrophysical fluid dynamics (GAFD). Some of the problems in which I’m interested are the generation of planetary magnetic fields via the inductive action of turbulent motions, and the physics of fluid motion in planetary atmospheres. Research in GAFD requires an interdisciplinary approach that draws on...

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: I-L)

Joseph MacLennan Portrait

Joseph MacLennan

Professor Attendant Rank • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: I-L)
Office Hours: Monday 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. • Office: DUAN F513 • Background: Joseph Maclennan received his B.Sc.(Hons.) in Physics and Electronics from Rhodes University, South Africa, in 1980, and his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Colorado in 1988. He then spent five years in the Physical Chemistry Department at the University of Mainz in Germany, the first two as a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow. In 1994 he...

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: M-P)

Katherine Perkins Portrait

Katherine Perkins

Associate Professor Attendant Rank • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: M-P)
Office Hours: Monday 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.; Thursday 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. • Office: DUAN F1027 • Research Interests: Kathy is Director of the PhET Interactive Simulations Project and Director of CU’s Science Education Initiative. She is also an Associate Professor Attendant Rank in Physics, specializing in PER. Her work in science education research has focused on: pedagogically-effective design and use of interactive simulations; sustainable course reform; students' beliefs about...

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: Q-T)

Dmitry Reznik Portrait

Dmitry Reznik

Associate Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: Q-T)
Office Hours: Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. • Office: DUAN F625 • Research Interests: Professor Reznik's research focuses on using neutron, x-ray, and Raman scattering to investigate the physics of correlated electrons and electron-phonon coupling in perovskite oxides (including high Tc supercondcutors, manganites, etc.) and other exotic materials. The group of Prof. Reznik investigates complex solids by neutron, x-ray and Raman scattering. Of particular interest are exotic magnetic phases,...

PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: U-Z)

Shijie Zhong Portrait

Shijie Zhong

Professor • PHYS Faculty Mentor (Student's Last Name: U-Z)
Office Hours: Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. • Office: DUAN F713 • Research Interests: Our research interests have been primarily in understanding the physical processes that control the evolution of terrestrial planets (Earth, Moon, Mars, ...). Modern space exploration has provided high resolution gravity and topography data about many planets. Other observational techniques including seismology and in-situ sampling have revealed the structure and composition of planetary interiors (primarily for...