Welcome from the Physics Department Head

Amit ChakrabartiWelcome to the official web site of the Department of Physics at Kansas State University. The department has 30 permanent faculty, 13 postdoctoral fellows, 66 graduate students (almost all of them pursuing a PhD degree in physics), and 88 undergraduate physics majors and minors. We are a dedicated group of people striving for excellence in physics research and teaching as evidenced in our departmental mission statement.

Our faculty conducts research in atomic, molecular and optical physics, in condensed, soft and biological matter physics, in cosmology and high-energy physics, and in physics education.  You can read about our department ranking against our peer institutions and a summary of our faculty and student achievements on our Achievements page.

Our undergraduate students receive personal attention from the faculty. Research experience as an undergraduate plays a major role in the education and training of our physics majors. Our students have opportunities to participate in research beginning as early as their first year. They get first-hand experience working as a scientist throughout their careers at K-State. Graduating students consistently comment that their research experience as an undergraduate was one of the most meaningful experiences as students at K-State. Undergraduate research experience has been instrumental in many of our students winning prestigious national fellowships. The department also offers research experiences for undergraduates from colleges around the country in the summer.

Our graduate students typically start their research after their first year and almost all will receive research assistantships during their tenure. The department offers excellent infrastructure in electronic shops and machine shops as well as computational and office staff support. Students have ample opportunities to participate in off-site experiments and attend national and international conferences. Many of our students finish their PhDs about a year less than the national average.

We are located in Manhattan which is a medium-sized college town in the rolling Flint Hills of eastern Kansas surrounded by the famous tall grass prairie. The university offers exciting cultural and sports opportunities while students can enjoy the low cost of living.

Please take your time to peruse this website. If you are interested in majoring in physics as an undergraduate or pursuing a graduate degree in physics with us or just want to visit, please contact us at (785) 532-6786 or at graduate@phys.ksu.edu. If you are an alumnus or friend of the Physics department, I would love to hear from you directly; please send me an e-mail at amitc@phys.ksu.edu. You can also find us on Facebook.


Amit Chakrabarti

William & Joan Porter Professor and Head 

This Week in Physics

Monday, November 17

Physics Club Chili Feed Fundraiser, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., CW 119

Nuts & Bolts, 1:30 p.m., CW 119

PER Group Meeting with David Hammer, Tufts University, 2:30 p.m., CW 119

Colloquium by David Hammer, Tufts University (Teaching Physics as a Pursuit), 4:30 p.m., CW 102

Wednesday, November 19

AMO Seminar by Isaac Ghebregziabher, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Compact, narrow-band and high-brightness laser-driven X-rays), 1:30 p.m., CW 144 

Friday, November 21

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 p.m., CW 220

CMS Seminar by Anna Zemlyanova, KSU Math (Curvature-dependent surface tension in modeling of fracture), 1:30 p.m., CW 119  

Recent Achievements 

Chakrabarti, Donnelly, Phillips present at National Dance Education Organization conference

Physics Major Kevin Carr member of winning student team tackling computer programming problems for prizes

Physics professor earns Commerce Bank Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award

Video highlights 2014 NSF REU Program in Physics at Kansas State University

Brett DePaola appears in the new SCIENCE 2034 podcast, Building a Better Atomic Clock

More Highlights from KSU Physics


2014 Newsletter