David Zach

David Zach

Undergraduate Academic Advisor


1140 Physics Research Building (Physics) / 4012 McPherson Chemical Laboratory (Astronomy)
191 W Woodruff Avenue / 140 W 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210

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Office Hours

Summer 2021 Schedule:

No Drop-in Advising and Express Advising in the summer - they will resume in Autumn semester.

30-minute appointments are available on weekdays between 9:00am and 4:30pm US Eastern Time.

Appointments can be scheduled through OnCourse at

Areas of Expertise

  • Academic Advising, Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics


  • B.S. in Mathematics - Kent State University, 2011
  • M.A. in Mathematics - The Pennsylvania State University, 2013

I am an Academic Advisor for the Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. Currently, I work with all Astronomy & Astrophysics majors and minors, all Physics majors who have not yet taken Physics 2095 and 2300, and all double majors between Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics. I am also one of two advisors for the Planetary Science certificate.

I have been advising at The Ohio State University since 2019. Formerly, I taught mathematics courses and was an academic advisor for pre-health and science students at Penn State University. In my free time, I enjoy singing with the Columbus Symphony Chorus and playing board games with my husband and friends.

Summer 2021 Advising Schedule:

All advising appointments will be held through CarmenZoom until further notice due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Instructions on how to access Zoom can be found below. David can be contacted in the following ways:

  • By email at Emails will be read and responded to during regular business hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm US Eastern Time, with the exception of university holidays.
  • Drop-in Advising: Drop-in Advising is for quick questions that students anticipate will take 10 minutes or fewer to discuss. No appointment is necessary - just stop by if you have a question!
    • There is no Drop-in Advising in the summer. Drop-ins will resume in Autumn semester.
  • Express Advising: Express Advising sessions are additional drop-ins that will be offered during times of the semester when there is high demand for academic advising. No appointment is necessary.
    • There is no Express Advising in the summer. Express Advising will resume in Autumn semester
  • 30-minute Appointments: In general, I am available for appointments between 9:00am and 4:30pm US Eastern Time on weekdays where the university is open. All appointments must be scheduled through the university's scheduling and notes system, OnCourse. Appointments can be scheduled through my personal advising link (PAL):

    Notes on scheduling an appointment in OnCourse:
    • Choose "Physics Advising Office" for the location.
    • For the "Service", choose the reason why you would like to make an appointment. For now, I am not offering in-person appointments, so please be sure to choose a service that lists "(phone/remote)" at the end
      • If I am not currently your assigned advisor, but you would like to discuss adding a Physics major or minor, then you will need to select "Explore/Declare a Major" or "Explore/Declare a Minor" for the service.
    • Appointments must be scheduled at least 12 hours in advance.
    • If you require an appointment time outside of my normal working hours or if you are not currently an active student in OnCourse, please email me to set up an appointment.
    • A video tutorial on how to schedule an appointment in OnCourse can be found here:


CarmenZoom Instructions:

You must sign in with your OSU credentials to access my Zoom meeting room. The room can be accessed either through a Zoom app, a web browser (with plug-in), or by phone:

Before clicking the link below, make sure you are authenticated with your OSU credentials using Single Sign-On (SSO):

If accessing Zoom from a web browser:

  1. Go to
  2. Click "SIGN IN" and log in with your OSU credentials
  3. Click the link below to join or click "Join Meeting" and enter the Meeting ID and Password manually

If accessing Zoom from a computer or mobile app:

  1. Open the Zoom app
  2. Click "Sign In" (do NOT click "Join Meeting")
  3. Click "Sign in with SSO" (do NOT enter your email and password)
  4. type in "osu" so that the domain name reads: and click Continue
  5. You should be redirected to an OSU login page. Enter your OSU credentials and sign in
  6. Click the link below to join or click "Join Meeting" and enter the Meeting ID and Password manually

The following URL will open the Zoom meeting room via the browser plug-in or app
Meeting ID: 478 334 1073
Password: 423474

Or, you can call into the meeting using a phone: +1 646-876-9923 (works best from the Eastern US), then use the Meeting ID and password listed above
If you are not in the Eastern US, you can find your local number to use to call here: