Communications between the various components of the Institute are critical to the quality of our undergraduate program. This is particularly true at a very large urban university such as the University of Minnesota. It is easy to feel disconnected from the academic program, having little in the way of a university experience other than showing up for class lectures now and then. Several facets of the Institute can facilitate closer ties between the student and the Institute. These are:
Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS) - Dr. Terry J. Jones
The DUGS is responsible for academic advising for all Astrophysics majors. When entering CSE at the University you are assigned to a team of freshman for advising out of room 128 in Lind Hall. This team may, or may not, have the Astrophysics DUGS as the faculty member of the team. None-the-less, feel encouraged to seek information and advice from the DUGS at any time. By your sophomore year, YOU MUST use the Astrophysics DUGS as your academic advisor.
Every student in CSE is provided with an e-mail address and access to e-mail. All Astrophysics majors are expected to be able to be contacted by e-mail. Feel free to contact faculty and other students the same way. E-mail training takes place as part of your freshman orientation. If you miss out on this for some reason, contact another Astrophysics major or the DUGS and get on line!
Undergraduate Programs Bulletin Board
This bulletin board is located outside of room 355. It contains important information for Astrophysics majors. Information about summer research fellowships, University programs, changes in the academic program, etc. will be posted on this board.
Glass Case (Outside Room 356)
There is a glass case on the wall just above the photocopy machine outside of rm 356. This case is the location of job notices for employment in the Institute. Any job for undergraduates will be posted there.
Computer Room 469B
This is the Institute computing room. Although we do not as a rule give out keys to this room to undergraduates, there is usually someone in the room who can let you in. This room contains 3 Unix workstations as well as a Windows machine. Many undergraduates who are actively involved in astrophysics research use the computing facilities in this room. Also, several academic courses will make use of these computing facilities. There are also several Unix workstations and PC's in the IR Lab.