Advising

Welcome to Undergraduate Advising in Mathematics

Working closely with a professional academic advisor is the best way to stay on track toward graduation. Math advisors work with students to discuss course selection, registration, major requirements, transfer credits, and important resources on campus to increase student success and retention. Math majors have a robust advising team invested in their learning. In addition to an academic advisor, students have faculty advisors for UHP, math major with an actuarial science specialization, and upper-division course planning.

*Due to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, all advising sessions are moving from a face-to-face to an online format until further notice. Students can choose to communicate with their math advisor via virtual Zoom meeting, email, or possibly Google Hangout (chat). Follow the same instructions below on who to contact to set up an online appointment in the interim.

Schedule an appointment with an advisor

Follow the instructions below to schedule an advising appointment during fall and spring semesters. Faculty advisors are not available during Winter break or Summer session. The departmental advisor is available year-round for appointments and via email.

UHP students should email to schedule an appointment with Gregg Musiker, math faculty UHP advisor.

Students following the actuarial science specialization should email ugrad@math.umn.edu to schedule an appointment with  either Aileen Lyle or Doreen Vescelius.

Students wanting to meet with a faculty advisor should email ugrad@math.umn.edu to schedule an appointment with Arnab Sen, Dmitriy Bilyk, Markus Keel, or Helena Zarin.

Students wanting to meet with math's departmental advisor, Kate Lewis, should follow this link to schedule a 30-minute appointment: math.appointments.umn.edu.

Advising questions can be directed to the departmental advisor, Kate Lewis, at lewisk@umn.edu.

A 30-minute appointment is ideal for:

When sending an email be sure to include your first and last name, your student ID number, and a brief explanation about your question or concern. Also indicate in your email if you are a UHP student or if you are interested in pursuing the Actuarial Science specialization so we may put you in contact with the appropriate advisor. Appointment slots fill quickly, especially during peak times during the semester. As a result, scheduling appointments in advance is encouraged. Please note that same-day appointments will not be scheduled.

Students wanting to add the math minor and have completed the prerequisites, should email lewisk@umn.edu expressing their desire to add the math minor.

Prepare for an appointment
  • Look at your 4-year plan and make a tentative list of courses you plan to take next semester.
  • Review your APAS report and write down any questions about graduation requirements.
  • Think about how classes are going and how you're doing with life on campus.
  • Write down any ideas you have about research, internships, &/or study abroad.

Drop-in Advising

Drop-in hours are great for addressing quick (10-15 minute) questions or concerns related to math, as well as minor declarations. We do not review student records during drop-ins; questions related to completing your math major requirements will be referred to an appointment. You do not need an appointment for drop-in advising. Advising is done on a first-come, first serve basis with Kate Lewis, Academic Advisor for the School of Mathematics. **Virtual drop-in appointments will be available soon.** Please stop back for updates.

*NOTE: Permission to register for closed courses is not done in either a drop-in or face-to-face advising session. Click on this link to view qualifications students must meet to gain permission and process to request permission.

Summer 2020 Drop-in Hours for the Week of:

There will be no drop-in hours this week. Please email lewisk@umn.edu with any advising questions.

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