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Advising & Student Services

The Physics Department is proud to have an outstanding Student Services Team.  They are here to assist you in any way possible.

Notice:  As of March 9, 2020, our advising office operations have moved online. Advisors are available via virtual drop-in advising using Zoom.

Paula Newcomer and Margot Nims are our Physics major undergraduate advisors. Their drop-in advising hours are listed below. No appointment necessary!

Paula Newcomer Margot Nims

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
9:30 - 11:30 & 1:30 - 3:30
(206) 543-3862

Join Paula on Zoom

Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday
9:30 - 11:30 & 1:30 - 3:30
(206) 543-2772

Join Margot on Zoom

Email for undergraduate advising questions outside of drop-in hours.

Office closures and/or revised drop-in hours are ALWAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE

The Google sign-in sheet for Zoom drop-in advising will open a few minutes before the start of each day.  Advisors will either email a response to your question (ex. a request for an add code) or will email you a link for a Zoom advising session. Please provide as much information as possible on the google sign-in sheet so we may best assist you.

Access the Physics Drop-In Sign in Sheet here

Download the Standard UW Zoom desktop or phone app here:

Prof. Olmstead (Undergraduate Faculty Advisor) is available at  To schedule an advising appointment with Prof. Olmstead, please sign up at  She will email you a Zoom invitation.

During her drop-in hours, Zoom to 206 685 3031 and you will be added to her waiting room.  If you have been waiting more than 15 minutes, please send her an email at

Physics Student Services

Margot Nims and Paula Newcomer are our Undergraduate Academic Counselors and can help you with most issues facing undergraduates.  They can assist with registration holds, distribution of majors course add codes, application to major question or applying for graduation.  

Catherine Provost is the Graduate Academic Counselor, and meets with undergraduates by appointment.  We recommend that undergraduates considering graduate school consult with Catherine early in the application process.   Catherine also distributes add codes to undergraduates who wish to take graduate-level courses and have faculty and department approval.

Prof. Olmstead is the Undergraduate Faculty Advisor, and can help you with issues that require faculty input or perspective.  You must meet with Prof. Olmstead to attempt a particular course for a third time, to register for a graduate course, or to request a substitution of a physics degree requirement.  Prof. Olmstead also reviews transfer or Study Abroad courses for their equivalency to UW Physics courses.

Amy Glenz is the Student Services Program Assistant.  If you aren’t sure whom you should see, Amy can point you in the right direction.

Susan Miller is the Introductory Sequence Program Coordinator.  She can help you register for Physics 11x or 12x or pick up 1xx exams after the date when they were returned in class.

Notice:  As of March 9, our advising office operations have moved online.