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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, December 2

Nuts & Bolts, 1:30 pm, CW 119

PER Seminar by Jeremy Smith, KSUPER (Alignment between introductory physics teaching and contributions to The Physics Teacher), 2:30 pm, CW 119

Colloquium by Mustapha Ishak, UT-Dallas (The Acceleration of the Cosmos and Tests of Gravity at Large-Scales in the Universe ) 4:30 pm, CW 102

Wednesday, December 4

AMO Seminar by Bethany Jochim, AMO (Importance of one- and two-photon transitions in strong-field dissociation of NO^2+) and Anbu Venkatachalam, AMO (State-selective pump-probe studies on small molecules with single-harmonic XUV pulses), 1:30 pm, CW 144/145

Thursday, December 5

PhD Defense by Jason (Jianxiong) Li, AMO, (Spatiotemporally resolved photoemission from plasmonic nanoparticles), 10 am, CW 119

Cosmology Club, 3:30 pm, CW 220

Friday, December 6

CMS Seminar by Matt Berg, CMS (Aerosol Studies with Digital Holography), 1:30 pm, CW 119

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 pm, CW 220

Cosmology Group Meeting, 3:30 pm, CW 119


Spotlight on the Kansas State University QuarkNet Center

Undergraduate Blaine Fry receives poster award for international conference

K-State Professor Receives International Award for Lasting Contributions to Physics Education 

Alumni Startup Reaches Final Round of American Made Solar Prize Competition

Physics Major McLoud Accepts USAF Commission

Alumnae Jackie Spears named interim CEO and dean of K-State Olathe

Bolton appointed to High Energy Physics Advisory Panel 

More Highlights from KSU Physics