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If you are not sure who to contact for your situation, you're welcome to send an email to physics@osu.edu and we will point you in the right direction.

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Students with questions about Physics 1200-1201 or Physics 1250-1251 should contact Dr. Raju Nandyala (the Physics 1200-1201 course manager) or Dr. Michael Ziegler (Physics 1250-1251 course manager).  The physics major advisors only work with 2000 level+ physics courses so they are unable to answer questions about the introductory courses.  

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Mr. David Zach

Academic Advisor 
Email: zach.11@osu.edu
Offices: 1140 Physics Research Building; 4012 McPherson Lab
Advises:

  • All Astronomy & Astrophysics majors (College of Arts and Sciences), including those who are double majoring in Physics
  • All first year Physics majors (College of Arts and Sciences)
  • Continuing Physics majors who have not completed or enrolled in Physics 2095

Spring 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 zach.11@osu.edu. 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!

    To access my drop-ins, please follow the CarmenZoom instructions found on my staff page: https://physics.osu.edu/people/zach.11. When you enter, you will be placed into a virtual waiting room, and I will meet with students individually in the order in which they arrived, as I would with in-person drop-ins.

    For Spring semester (January 11-April 30, 2021), drop-ins will be held on Tuesdays at 10:00am-12:00pm noon, US Eastern Time
     
  • Express Advising: Express Advising sessions will be offered during times of the semester when there is high demand for academic advising. Express Advising will work similar to virtual drop-in hours in that students will log in to Zoom using the instructions found here: https://physics.osu.edu/people/zach.11 and I will meet with them one-on-one. No appointment is necessary. Spring 2021 Express Advising sessions are scheduled for:
    • Friday March 26: 9-10am; 3-4pm
    • Friday April 2: 9-10am; 3-4pm
    • Thursday April 8: 9-10am; 3-4pm
    • Friday April 9: 9-10am; 3-4pm
  • 30-minute Appointments: In general, I am available for appointments between 8:30am and 4:30pm US Eastern Time on weekdays where the university is open, unless I have another obligation or meeting. You may schedule an appointment with me in one of the following ways:
    • Assigned Advisees: Appointments for any assigned advisees can be scheduled through OnCourse at https://go.osu.edu/oncourse.
      • Choose "Physics Advising Office" for the location, and
      • Choose "Phone/Remote Appointment" for the appointment reason.
      • Appointments must be scheduled at least 12 hours in advance
    • Prospective Majors and Minors: If you are not an assigned advisee but are looking to add a Physics major or minor, please email me to set up an appointment.

CarmenZoom Instructions:

Instructions on how to access David's Zoom room for appointments, drop-ins, and express advising can be found on his staff page: https://physics.osu.edu/people/zach.11 

 

Ms. Lindsey Thaler

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Email: thaler.21@osu.edu 
Office: 1142 Physics Research Building
Advises:

  • All Engineering Physics majors (College of Engineering)
  • Continuing OSU Physics majors (College of Arts and Sciences) who are taking Physics 2095 or higher and who are not double-majoring in Astronomy (First-year OSU Physics majors and those who are majoring or double-majoring in Astronomy & Astrophysics will work with David Zach)
  • Students pursuing the Physics minor

Spring 2021 availability:

  • By email at thaler.21@osu.edu. Emails will be read during regular business hours - Monday-Friday 8am-5pm EST
  • Express Advising: Express advising sessions will be offered when there is high demand for academic advising. Express advising will work similar to virtual walk-in hours in that students will log in to Zoom using this link and will be "seen" one-by-one by Lindsey. No appointment necessary. Spring 2021 express advising sessions are scheduled for:
    • Friday March 26: 9-10am; 3-4pm
    • Friday April 2: 9-10am; 3-4pm
    • Thursday April 8: 9-10am; 3-4pm
    • Friday April 9: 9-10am; 3-4pm
  • Appointments can be scheduled through go.osu.edu/oncourse. Choose “phone/remote” as the appointment reason. Please leave a note indicating what you’re planning to discuss. The meeting will take place by voice chat or video chat through Carmen Zoom. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face meetings are not currently an option.

Guidance on how to access Zoom can be found on this page: https://u.osu.edu/oncourse/covid-19-and-oncourse

 

Mr. Zach and Ms. Thaler can help students with questions about the following:

  • Undergraduate physics courses at the 2,000 level and above
  • Physics major requirements
  • Arts and Sciences General Education requirements
  • Petitions (late-add, over 18 hours, reinstatement, etc.)
  • Degree Audit Reports
  • Grade forgiveness policy
  • Scheduling difficulties
  • Getting involved in research and internships
  • General information about graduate school
  • Information about full-time employment
  • Physics and General GRE
  • And more

Students with questions about physics transfer credit should contact Dr. Mike Ziegler.


Dr. Thomas Humanic

Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies
Office: 2144 Physics Research Building
Email: humanic.1@osu.edu
Phone: (614) 247-8950

Dr. Humanic can help students with the following:

  • Questions about undergraduate physics courses at the 2,000 level and above
  • In depth questions about research
  • In depth questions about graduate school
  • Problems or concerns with physics classes
  • Physics GRE questions
  • And more

To meet with Dr. Humanic, please email him at humanic.1@osu.edu to schedule an appointment.  

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Ms. Lindsey Thaler

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Email: thaler.21@osu.edu 
Office: 1142 Physics Research Building
Advises

  • All Engineering Physics majors (College of Engineering)
  • Continuing OSU Physics majors (College of Arts and Sciences) who are taking Physics 2300 or higher and who are not double-majoring in Astronomy (First year OSU Physics majors and those who are majoring or double-majoring in Astronomy will work with David Zach)
  • Students pursuing the Physics minor

Spring 2021 availability:

  • By email at thaler.21@osu.edu. Emails will be read during regular business hours - Monday-Friday 8am-5pm EST
  • Express Advising: Express advising sessions will be offered when there is high demand for academic advising. Express advising will work similar to virtual walk-in hours in that students will log in to Zoom using this link and will be "seen" one-by-one by Lindsey. No appointment necessary. Spring 2021 express advising sessions are scheduled for:
    • Friday March 26: 9-10am; 3-4pm
    • Friday April 2: 9-10am; 3-4pm
    • Thursday April 8: 9-10am; 3-4pm
    • Friday April 9: 9-10am; 3-4pm
  • Appointments can be scheduled through go.osu.edu/oncourse. Choose “phone/remote” as the appointment reason. Please leave a note indicating what you’re planning to discuss. The meeting will take place by voice chat or video chat through Carmen Zoom. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face meetings are not currently an option.

Guidance on how to access Zoom can be found on this page: https://u.osu.edu/oncourse/covid-19-and-oncourse

 

Ms. Thaler can help students with questions about the following:

  • Undergraduate physics courses at the 2,000 level and above
  • Engineering Physics major requirements
  • College of Engineering General Education requirements 
  • Petitions (late-add, over 18 hours, reinstatement, etc.)
  • Degree Audit Reports
  • Grade forgiveness policy
  • Scheduling difficulties
  • Getting involved in research and internships
  • General information about graduate school
  • Information about full-time employment
  • Physics and General GRE
  • And more

Students with questions about physics transfer credit should contact Dr. Mike Ziegler.


Dr. Thomas Humanic

Vice Chair for Undergraduate Studies
Office: 2144 Physics Research Building
Email: humanic.1@osu.edu
Phone: (614) 247-8950

Dr. Humanic can help students with the following:

  • Questions about undergraduate physics courses at the 2,000 level and above
  • In depth questions about research
  • In depth questions about graduate school
  • Problems or concerns with physics classes
  • Physics GRE questions
  • And more

To meet with Dr. Humanic, please email him at humanic.1@osu.edu to schedule an appointment.  

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If you're interested in enrolling in the physics minor program or if you have questions, please contact Lindsey Thaler at thaler.21@osu.edu.

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Engineering Physics majors with questions about the engineering honors program can contact Mr. Michael Knisely at knisely.33@osu.edu. Additional information about the College of Engineering honors program can be found at advising.engineering.osu.edu/current-students/honors-engineering

Arts and Sciences Physics majors with questions about the Arts and Sciences honors program can schedule an appointment with Dr. Joanna Spanos by calling (614) 292-5104 or by going to the Arts and Sciences honors counseling office in room 3180 Smith Lab. 

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If you're interested in graduating with research distinction, or if you're interested in getting more information about the process, please contact the following person based on your program:

Honors Physics Majors: Please schedule an appointment with Ms. Rachel Steele by calling (614) 292-5104 or by going to the Arts and Sciences honors counseling office in room 3180 Smith Lab.

Non-Honors Physics Majors: Please schedule an appointment with Mr. Ed Quinn by calling the Arts and Sciences Advising Office at (614) 292-6961

Honors and Non-honors Engineering Physics Majors: Please contact Mr. Mike Knisley at knisley.33@osu.edu.

Please note that the rules and processes for research distinction are handled at the college level (not the department level), so the physics advisors are unable to answer questions about research distinction.