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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.

Sincerely,

Amit Chakrabarti

William & Joan Porter Professor and Head 

This Week in Physics

Monday, April 27

PhD Defense by Mikhail Makouski, K-State HEP (A Measurement of Top Quark Pair and Photon Production Cross Section with CMS Detector), 9:00 am, CW 119

Nuts & Bolts, 1:30 pm, CW 119

PER Seminar by Bahar Modir, K-SUPER (The Role of Visual Cueing and Display Design on Student Attention and Problem Solving in Physics), 2:30 pm, CW 119

Peterson Lecture by Michael Brooks, Author & Journalist (Welcome to Wonderland: Making sense of life in a quantum universe), 4:30 pm, Hemisphere Room, Hale Library

Tuesday, April 28

PhD Defense by Will Heinson, K-State CMS (Fractal Soot Aggregates in Aerosols: Shape and growth kinetics), 8:30 am, CW 119

Wednesday, April 29

AMO Seminar by Derrek Wilson, K-State AMO (Two methods towards the realization of strong field sub-cycle pulses), 2:30 pm, CW 145

Thursday, April 30

Astro/Cosmo Hour, 1:30 pm, CW 119

PULSAR Operators, 1:30 pm, CW 220

Optical Society of America, 2:30 pm, CW 220

Friday, May 1

Condensed Matter Seminar by Jeroen Roelofs, K-State Biology (Proteasome-specific chaperones and their role in efficient assembly of the proteasome), 1:30 pm, CW 119

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 pm, CW 220 

HEP Seminar by Abdollah Mohammadi, K-State HEP (TBA), 2:30 pm, CW 119

Recent News & Achievements 

Recent physics article highlighted in prestigious Nature Photonics journal

Kansas State University Physics student receives Goldwater scholarship

Physics announces 2014-15 awardees of graduate student departmental teaching and research awards

Department Releases 2015 Newsletter

Physics faculty organize Faraday discussion meeting

Physics professor quoted in article

In memory of Chander P. Bhalla

Undergraduate physics researcher earns inaugural research grant

University nominates physics major Joshua Nelson for Goldwater Scholarship

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

More Highlights from KSU Physics