David Zach

David Zach

David Zach

Undergraduate Academic Advisor


(614) 292-1358

4012 McPherson Laboratory (Astronomy) / 1140 Physics Research Building (Physics)

Office Hours

Spring 2021 Schedule:
Drop-in Advising:
Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm noon ET

Express Advising:
During weeks with high demand for advising and major university deadlines, additional drop-in hours will be added. Details can be found to the right.

Appointments for any assigned advisees can be made through OnCourse at https://go.osu.edu/oncourse
If you are not an assigned advisee, but are looking to switch to a Physics major, please email to set up an appointment.

Areas of Expertise

  • Academic Advising, Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics


  • B.S. in Mathematics - Kent State University, 2011
  • M.A. in Mathematics - The Pennsylvania State University, 2013

I am an Academic Advisor for the Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics majors in the College of Arts and Sciences. Currently, I work with all Astronomy & Astrophysics majors, Physics majors who have not yet taken Physics 2095, and all double majors between Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics. I have been advising at The Ohio State University since 2019. Formerly, I taught mathematics courses and was an academic advisor for pre-health and science students at Penn State University. In my free time, I enjoy singing with the Columbus Symphony Chorus and playing board games with my husband and friends.

Spring 2021 Advising Schedule:

All advising appointments will be held through CarmenZoom until further notice due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Instructions on how to access Zoom can be found below. David can be contacted in the following ways:

  • By email at zach.11@osu.edu. Emails will be read and responded to during regular business hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm US Eastern Time, with the exception of university holidays.
  • Drop-in Advising: Drop-in Advising is for quick questions that students anticipate will take 10 minutes or fewer to discuss. No appointment is necessary - just stop by if you have a question!

    To access my drop-ins, please follow the CarmenZoom instructions found on my staff page: https://astronomy.osu.edu/people/zach.11. When you enter, you will be placed into a virtual waiting room, and I will meet with students individually in the order in which they arrived, as I would with in-person drop-ins.

    For Spring semester (January 11-April 30, 2021), drop-ins will be held on Tuesdays at 10:00am-12:00pm noon, US Eastern Time
    Note: drop-ins are cancelled for Tuesday, February 23 only.
    Note: for the week of April 19, drop-ins are moved from Tuesday, April 20 to Thursday, April 22 (same time).
  • Express Advising: Express Advising sessions will be offered during times of the semester when there is high demand for academic advising. Express Advising will work similar to virtual drop-in hours in that students will log in to Zoom using the instructions found here: https://astronomy.osu.edu/people/zach.11 and I will meet with them one-on-one. No appointment is necessary. Spring 2021 Express Advising sessions are scheduled for:
    • 1st week of the semester (January 11-15): 9:00-10:00am; 3:00-4:00pm EST
    • 2nd Friday of the semester (Friday, January 22): 3:00-4:30pm EST
    • 4th Friday of the semester (Friday, February 5): 3:00-4:30pm EST
    • Autumn Registration and Withdrawal Dates:
      • Friday, March 26: 9:00-10:00am; 3:00-4:00pm EDT
      • Friday, April 2: 9:00-10:00am; 3:00-4:00pm EDT
      • Thursday, April 8: 9:00-10:00am; 3:00-4:00pm EDT
      • Friday, April 9: 9:00-10:00am; 3:00-4:00pm EDT
  • 30-minute Appointments: In general, I am available for appointments between 8:30am and 4:30pm US Eastern Time on weekdays where the university is open. You may schedule an appointment with me in one of the following ways:
    • Assigned Advisees: Appointments for any assigned advisees can be scheduled through OnCourse at https://go.osu.edu/oncourse.
      • Choose "Astronomy and Astrophysics Advising Office" for the location, and
      • Choose "Phone/Remote Appointment" for the appointment reason.
      • Appointments must be scheduled at least 12 hours in advance
    • Prospective Majors and Minors: If you are not an assigned advisee but are looking to add an Astronomy & Astrophysics major or minor, please email me to set up an appointment.


CarmenZoom Instructions:

You must sign in with your OSU credentials to access my Zoom meeting room. The room can be accessed either through a Zoom app, a web browser (with plug-in), or by phone:

Before clicking the link below, make sure you are authenticated with your OSU credentials using Single Sign-On (SSO):

If accessing Zoom from a web browser:

  1. Go to https://zoom.osu.edu
  2. Click "SIGN IN" and log in with your OSU credentials
  3. Click the link below to join or click "Join Meeting" and enter the Meeting ID and Password manually

If accessing Zoom from a computer or mobile app:

  1. Open the Zoom app
  2. Click "Sign In" (do NOT click "Join Meeting")
  3. Click "Sign in with SSO" (do NOT enter your email and password)
  4. type in "osu" so that the domain name reads: osu.zoom.us and click Continue
  5. You should be redirected to an OSU login page. Enter your OSU credentials and sign in
  6. Click the link below to join or click "Join Meeting" and enter the Meeting ID and Password manually

The following URL will open the Zoom meeting room via the browser plug-in or app https://osu.zoom.us/j/4783341073?pwd=SlcxWnRzMEZaTXkvbW1nTk5hU3dOQT09
Meeting ID: 478 334 1073
Password: 423474

Or, you can call into the meeting using a phone: +1 646-876-9923 (works best from the Eastern US)
If you are not in the Eastern US, you can find your local number to use to call here: https://osu.zoom.us/u/adOMw9OaA0
Then use the Meeting ID and password listed above.

Additional guidance on how to access Zoom can be found on this page: https://u.osu.edu/oncourse/covid-19-and-oncourse/

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