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Advising & Student Services

The Physics Department is proud to have an outstanding Student Services Team.  We are here to assist you!

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

During summer quarter our Undergraduate Advisor is available via email or Zoom appointment scheduling at:

Summer 2020 Advising Hours: 9am to 4pm, Monday - Friday (Office closures are ALWAYS SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

Download the Standard UW Zoom desktop or phone app here:

Prof. Olmstead (Undergraduate Faculty Advisor) is available at  Submit an appointment request at:  A Zoom invitation will be emailed to you.

If you cannot make regularly scheduled hours, or have an issue that will take less than 15 minutes, email for an appointment.

Physics Student Services

Margot Nims and Paula Newcomer, our Undergraduate Academic Counselors can help you with most issues facing undergraduates.  They can assist with registration holds, add code distribution, major application questions or graduation applications. 

Catherine Provost, Graduate Academic Counselor, also meets with undergraduates.  Undergraduates considering graduate study are encouraged meet with her early in the application process.  Catherine provides graduate course add codes to undergraduates who have faculty and department pre-approval.

Prof. Olmstead, Undergraduate Faculty Advisor can help with issues that require faculty input or perspective.  You must meet with Prof. Olmstead to attempt a course for a third time, to register for a graduate course, or to request a substitution of a physics degree requirement.  Prof. Olmstead reviews ≥ 200-level Transfer and Study Abroad courses for UW Physics course equivalency.

Amy Glenz, Program Assistant, can point you in the right direction if you're unsure who to see.

Susan Miller, Program Coordinator, can help you register for Physics 1xx courses or pick up returned 1xx exams.