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A graduate of Utah State University with a degree in Physical Sciences Education, Cyri also has minors in physics and chemistry teaching. She is currently working on a Masters of Public Administration degree at the U. Originally from Idaho, she returned to Utah after living in the Midwest and teaching middle school science and engineering in Arizona. She loves camping, sports, Wonder Woman, and her dog, Roka.  Cyri is excited for the opportunity to work with students in Physics & Astronomy at the University of Utah.

Cyri Dixon 
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(801) 587-0650 



John Belz, Ph.D.
(801) 585-9620 

Professor John Belz is the Director of Undergraduate Studies. In this role, he also has the opportunity to meet with current and prospective students to discuss degree programs and opportunities in the Department.


For information specific to the Honors Program, please use the contact info below.


Anil Seth, Ph.D. 462 INSCC (801) 585-7793 

Professor Anil Seth is the Department of Physics and Astronomy's liaison to the Honors College. He can help you with finding research opportunities and is the person who will approve your Honors Thesis. Please meet with Prof Seth to discuss how Honors works with Physics Astronomy.


What Can Your Advisor Help You With?

Academic advisors are here to help you make the most of your experience at the University of Utah.  Please meet with your advisor once per semester, or at least once per year, to discuss progress toward your degree and any concerns you may have. This will allow you to know more about course availability and pre-requisites (which are strongly enforced). It is crucial that you work closely with your advisor to graduate without delay.  If you are a transfer student, you are encouraged to meet with the department advisor early in your academic career, even prior to admission to the University of Utah.

Academic Advisors are available for:

  • Declaring a physics major or minor, or declaring an astronomy minor.
  • Explaining University graduation requirements, including general education, bachelor’s degree and course requirements for physics.
  • Developing an educational plan that includes scheduling, timing and using the DARS and GPS systems.
  • Connecting with University, College, and departmental opportunities and resources.
  • Evaluating physics transfer credits.
  • Navigating the system from admissions to graduation and everything in between.
  • Discussing anything regarding your education at the U of U.

For general questions please e-mail 

Pre-Medical Pre-Law Advising

Students in physics desiring to enter the fields of medicine (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, osteopathy, optometry, etc.) or law are encouraged to meet with the Pre-professional advisors at the Academic Advising Center.

The Academic Advising Center Pre-professional advisors offer advising and application aids such as mock interviews, editing personal statements, and sending letters of recommendation. On this site you will find answers to a variety of questions you may have about prerequisite courses, extracurricular experiences, and the application process. You can schedule an appointment directly through the Academic Advising Center website.

Students in physics interested in entering the field of medicine are also encouraged to meet with Professor Richard Ingebretsen ( ) to review application materials.


Last Updated: 8/12/19