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 ugrad@math.umn.edu 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, Gregg Musiker, Helena Zarin, or Christine Berkesch.

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.

An advising appointment is not necessary to add the Math minor. Steps to add the Math minor: 

  1. Complete the prerequisites
  2. Email lewisk@umn.edu stating you would like 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.
  • Reflect on your experiences with remote learning. How has the shift affected your time management? Feelings of isolation? What additional tools or resources do you need to be successful in this new environment?
  • Write down any ideas you have about research, internships, &/or study abroad.

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

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