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Department of Physics

Peer Comparison in Terms of Research Funding


The best source of information about the relative ranking of physics departments is the National Science Foundation's list of external support for research funding. The list provides data on the amount of support provided from external sources. The funding from external sources is particularly useful because these funds are based on peer-reviewed grant application and, thus, represent a view of our Department as compared to other physics departments in the eyes of our peers. The most recent data which NSF has released are from 2012 for 477 Universities.

On funding for physics for research, Kansas State University ranks:

  • 2nd among Regent designated peer institutions (includes North Carolina State, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Colorado State and Oregon State)
  • 3rd in Big 12 (includes Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Kansas, Texas Tech, Baylor and Texas Christian)

While K-State's Department of Physics ranks quite well by any standards, it is important to note that NSF does not correct for size of faculty. For a graph that shows where we stand in research funding per faculty member, see the Bragging Rights section.