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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.  Contact information for Student Services Staff is at the bottom of this page.

Undergraduates:  To make an advising appointment or view available Drop-In hours for Margot Nims, Catherine Provost, or Prof. Olmstead, please use the

Schedule an Advising Appointment

NOTE:  You may make an appointment up to 7 days in advance.  Available hours for the next two weeks are updated each Friday.

Whom to contact:

Margot Nims is the Undergraduate Academic Counselor, and can help you with most issues facing undergraduates.  You must meet with Margot to fill out the paperwork to declare a major or to apply for graduation, preferably by appointment.  Margot also distributes add codes for undergraduate courses at the 200-level and above and can help you lift a registration hold.

Catherine Provost is the Graduate Academic Counselor, and meets with undergraduates by appointment.  It is recommended that undergraduates considering graduate school consult with Catherine early in the application process.   Catherine also distributes add codes for undergraduates who wish to take graduate-level courses.

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 petition to declare a major, 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.

Paula Newcomer is the Student Services Program Assistant.  If you aren’t sure whom you should see, Paula 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.

Prof. DenNijs is the Graduate Faculty Coordinator for the Ph.D. program.

Prof. Karch is the Graduate Faculty Advisor for the Ph.D. program..

Prof. Wilkes is the Faculty Coordinator for the Professional Masters in Physics.

Student Services Contact Information

Undergraduate Advisor​ Graduate Advisor​ Program Assistant​
​Margot Nims
margot@phys.washington.edu
206-543-2772
Office: C139A
Catherine Provost
cuala@uw.edu
206-543-2488
Office:  C139B​
Paula Newcomer
newcomer@uw.edu
206-543-3862
Office: C139​

For information about Physics 11x or 12x series see:

Program Coordinator
​Susan Miller
206-543-4982
Office:  C136
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