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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, October 12

DOE Review, CW 119

PER Discussion led by Dina Zohrabi Alaee and Raiya Ebini, K-SUPER (Discussion of "Resources, Framing, and Transfer" paper), 2:30 pm, CW 220

Tuesday,  October 13

DOE Review, CW 119

Wednesday,  October 14

AMO Seminar by Xiang Lii, K-State Physics AMO (Charge Transfer and Nuclear Dynamics Upon Inner-shell Multiple Ionization of Iodomethane), 1:30 pm, CW 145

Friday, October 16

AstroCosmo Hour, 12:30 pm, CW 119

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 pm, CW 220


Upcoming Events

Neff Lecture

Nobel Laureate Astrophysicist Adam Riess to Speak at K-State on October 27


Recent News & Achievements 

Physics major selected as one of six student research ambassadors

Ultra-fast lasers 'spark' this undergraduate physics researcher

K-State physicist to lead project at Large Hadron Collider at CERN

Research featured in Physics Today Online column

Physics Undergraduates Selected for College of Arts & Sciences Research Awards

Physics faculty member granted membership in European Space Agency Consortium

Physics Alum selected to teach at USMA in West Point

Faculty member recognized with K-State's most prestigious teaching award

Kansas State University Physics student receives Goldwater scholarship

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