Advising Updates

Doug Pellatz
Doug Pellatz

Hello Math Majors,

As we enter the final week of classes for the Spring 2019 semester, I hope your semester has been as successful as you have hoped to this point. With the approach of final exam week and many projects coming do, please make sure that you are taking care of yourself. Staying up most of the night or all night to cram for a final exam is not only unhealthy, but normally it is a less than successful study approach. If you have been struggling with time management throughout the semester, please come visit me. We can walk through your schedule for the last two weeks of the semester, and I can try to help you setup a schedule to manage your time.

Final exams are always stressful, so here are a few tips that will hopefully make things go better for you. First, always double check the time and location of your final exam on the course syllabus. If this information isn't on the syllabus, ask the instructor for details about the final exam immediately. Second, always give yourself plenty of time to reach your final exam location on time, and always bring backup materials to your final exam (extra pens/pencils, calculators/batteries, etc.). Personally, I learned this lesson the hard way by not leaving early enough for one of my own final exams. Lastly, always give yourself time for a last minute bathroom break before the final exam starts. Needing to use the bathroom 15 minutes into the exam due to that extra coffee/soda/tea that you drank is never a good situation.

I marked one year in the Math Department earlier this month, and I hope that I have gotten to know many of you or at least met you once in that time. If we haven't met, please don't hesitate to contact me or to stop by my office. Good luck with your summer plans and congratulations to our graduating seniors!


For those of you who weren't able to make it to the Math Club event about the new Math major options, you can access a copy of my PowerPoint presentation here.

If you have time, a video showcasing Primarily Math @ UNL has been selected as one of 16 semi-finalists in NSF's video competition called "We Are Mathematics". The public is now invited to vote for their favorite entry, with the winner receiving the "People's Choice Award". I encourage you to follow the link below to view the entries (or at least some of them) and vote for your favorite (hint: Primarily Math).


Doug's Advising Hours for the Spring 2019 Semester
Appointments every week day from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Walk-ins only from 1:00-3:30 pm on Thursdays.

I will also continue to be available during the summer with my advising hours mainly being by appointment only.

Dr. Radu's Advising Hours for the Spring 2019 Semester
Mondays 10:30 am to 12:00 noon in 211 Avery Hall

You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Radu by emailing her at