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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, October 17

Nuts & Bolts, 1:30 pm, CW 119

PER Seminar by Bahar Modir, KSUPER (Continuation of a discussion on a framework for understanding students' solving differential equations in Electricity and Magnetism)2:30 pm, Anderson 10

Colloquium by Anil Pahwa, K-State Electrical & Computer Engineering (Challenges of Meeting Electricity Needs of the Growing World Population with Renewable Energy), 4:30 pm, CW 102 

Tuesday, October 18

HEP Seminar by Dr. Heng-Ye Liao, Max Planck Institute for Physics, Munich (The Search for Neutrinoless Double Beta Decay with Germanium Detectors: GERDA and Beyond), 1:30 pm, CW 119 

Wednesday, October 19

AMO Seminar by Jason Li, K-State AMO (Retrieving plasmonic near-field information from streaked photoemission spectra of metallic nanospheres), 1:30 pm, CW 144/145

Astro/Cosmo Club, 3:30 pm, CW 119

Thursday, October 20

Al Rankin Retirement Reception, 3:00 pm, CW 119  

Friday, October 21

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 pm, CW 220

HEP Seminar by Dr. Kres Neeley, University of Kentucky (A First Experimental Limit on the Relative Rates of Muon Capture on Deuterium from the Quartet and Doublet Hyperfine Spin States of the $\mu d$ Atom), 3:30 pm, CW 119 


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Growing gold: Researchers develop gold nanowires for biomedical procedures

Physics Department Members Named Distinguished Researchers

Physics Graduate Student Wins Best Poster Award

Meet Bethany Jochim: Physics doctoral student studies laser-molecule interactions 

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