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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 majors, 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

Autumn 2020 Advising Schedule:

All 30-minute appointments and drop-ins 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.

  • Drop-in Advising: Wednesdays 8:30-10:30am EST; Thursdays 1-3pm EST August 24 through December 11. Drop-in hours are for quick questions that students anticipate will take 10 minutes or fewer to discuss. To access my drop-ins, please follow the CarmenZoom Instructions below. When you enter, you will be placed into a "Waiting Room", and I will pull students into the actual meeting one at a time in the order in which you arrived, as I would with in-person drop-ins.
  • 30-minute Appointments: Appointments for any assigned advisees can be scheduled through OnCourse at go.osu.edu/oncourse. Choose "Physics Advising Office" for the location, and "Phone/Remote Appointment" for the appointment reason. A confirmation email with instructions on how to join the Zoom room will be sent to your OSU email.

CarmenZoom Instructions:

Instructions on how to access David's Zoom room for appointments or drop-ins 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 will work with David Zach)
  • Students pursuing the Physics minor

Autumn 2020 availability:

  • By email at thaler.21@osu.edu. Emails will be read Monday-Friday 8am-4pm.
  • Virtual Walk-in Hours: Tuesdays 1-3pm; Thursdays 10am-noon EST via Carmen Zoom
  • 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

Autumn 2020 availability, beginning August 25th:

  • By email at thaler.21@osu.edu. Emails will be read Monday-Friday 8am-4pm.
  • Virtual Walk-in Hours: Tuesdays 1-3pm; Thursdays 10am-noon EST via Carmen Zoom
  • 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 instant message or voice 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.