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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.

Read a welcome letter from our Department Head - Amit Chakrabarti.

See what else our department has to brag about!

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, February 8

Nuts & Bolts Hour, 1:30 pm, CW 119 

PER Group Meeting with J.T. Laverty, Michigan State Univ., 2:30 pm, CW 119 

Colloquium by J.T. Laverty, Michigan State Univ., (Preparing Higher Education for the Next Generation of Physics Students), 4:30 pm, CW 102

Tuesday, February 9

Teaching Session by  J.T. Laverty, Michigan State Univ., 11:00 am, CW 119 

Astro/Cosmo Club, 4:00 pm, CW 119 


Wednesday, February 10

AMO Seminar by Adam Summers, K-State Physics AMO (Studying Ultrafast Laser Interactions in Nanosystems using photons ranging from 800nm to 800eV), 1:30 pm, CW 144 

Oral Exam by Yubaraj Malakar, K-State Physics AMO (Imaging Ultrafast Molecular Dynamics Driven by Strong Laser Fields) 2:30 pm, CW 119

Friday, February 12

HEP Seminar by Lado Samushia, K-State Physics HEP (What I do in the DESI Experiment), 10:30 am, CW 119

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 pm, CW 220 

Upcoming Events 

Dr. Glenn Horton-Smith to present the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics Lecture Series describing Neutrinos: The Best-Understood "Ghost Particle" in Nature on Monday, February 22 at 4:30 pm in CW 102

Nobel Prize Lecture 

Recent News  

Manhattan High School Student Explores Growing Nanowires with K-State Physics Faculty Member

Amit Chakrabarti to serve as interim dean of College of Arts & Sciences

Wildcat Watch student-produced videos explain science 

Scholarly boost: Office of Undergraduate Research & Creative Inquiry awards spring grants to Physics Majors

Physics Alum and K-State Polytechnic names physics professor Richard Zajac (PhD ' 97) winner of Marchbanks Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence

Alumni Wins Perfect Pitch Contest

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