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Department of Physics

The Department of Physics at Kansas State University is built around 30 highly productive faculty members whose research expertise here at K-State and world-class facilities such as Fermi National Lab, CERN, DESY (German Electron Synchrotron), SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab  provides students a wide variety of research experiences.

These faculty members include

  • 10 American Physical Society Fellows,
  • two American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows, and
  • two Carnegie Foundation CASE National Professors of the Year.

Junior faculty members have won National Science Foundation's (NSF) CAREER awards and DOE Outstanding Junior Investigator awards.

See what else our department has to brag about!

Read a welcome letter from our department head.

Earn a degree in Physics at K-State


The highly-rigorous undergraduate program prepares graduates to be competitive in top graduate programs or for employment. The programs can lead to the Bachelor of Science or Arts degree, as well as a various dual majors and minors.


The graduate program provides research opportunities in numerous fields including

This PhD program blends demanding coursework with cutting-edge research to prepare graduates for jobs in academia, industry, and government labs.

Our programs emphasize core academic competency and research excellence.

Contact us for more information about our programs

This Week

Monday, April 23

HEP Seminar (Going Around the Table: Reports from Grad Students on their Research), 11:30 am, CW 119

Nuts & Bolts, 1:30 pm, CW 119

PER Group Meeting with Katie Hinko, Michigan State Univ., 2:30 pm, CW 119

Colloquium by Katie Hinko, Michigan State Univ. (Characterizing the Impact on Participants in Informal Physics Learning Environments), 4:15 pm, CW 102

Wednesday, April 25

AMO Seminar by Shashank Pathak, KSU AMO Physics (XUV-assisted high harmonic generation), 1:30 pm, CW 144/145

Friday, April 27

CMS Seminar by Gobind Basnet, KSU CMS Physics (Stochastic Heating at an Electrochemical Interface) and Ramesh Giri, KSU CMS Physics (Approximating Scattering Patterns from Holograms using Huygen's Principle), 1:30 pm, CW 119

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 pm, CW 220 

Astro/Cosmo Group, 3:30 pm, CW 119 


Physics/Math undergraduate major among three students who receive Goldwater honorable mentions

Physics staff members recognized for years of service

Physics Major Benjamin Archibeque among Kansas State University students, alumni  who receive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships 

KSU promotes 82 faculty members, 47 receive tenure including Bret Flanders and Yurii Maravin

Arts and Sciences associate dean visits Capitol Hill

Ratra to speak at Fort Hays State University's Science Cafe on April 10

Princeton scientist presenting Peterson lecture on questions surrounding origin of our universe - POSTPONED TO OCTOBER 29 

K-State physics research team publishes work on digital holography

Kristan Corwin named associate dean for research in College of Arts and Sciences

Senior physics major Sarah Peterson among students receiving OURCI spring 2018 research award

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