Peer Comparison in Terms of Research Funding
With only 27 permanent faculty members, we receive competitive external funding of about $7.0 million each year. As the graph below shows, we do extremely well in terms of federally funded research per faculty when compared to our peers. The funding data on this graph comes from National Science Foundation report for the 2011 research funding and the number of faculty data is taken from AIP 2012 Graduate Programs book and the Graduate Shoppers website. The "projected funding" for K-State Physics is totally hypothetical --- it is the hypothetical funding we would have had at our 2011 rate of procuring extramural funding with the same number of faculty members as one of our much bigger peers say, North Carolina State.
Summary of Faculty Awards
Many of our faculty have received national and local awards and have collaborations with laboratories and institutes abroad as well as nationally. Physics faculty includes two Carnegie National Professor of the year winners, nine Fellows of American Physical Society (APS) and one of American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS), five winners of outstanding junior investigator awards (given by NSF and DOE), five University Distinguished Professors and four winners of K-State's Presidential Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching. K-State has won more High Energy Physics Outstanding Junior Investigator (OJI) awards from the Department of Energy (DOE) than any other US institution from 1994 when the High Energy Physics program began at K-State to 2008, when the DOE program changed from OJI to Early Career.
Summary of Student Awards
In last 15 years or so, 10 physics majors and one physics minor have won the Goldwater scholarship. In addition, one of our students has won the Rhodes scholarship, one has won the Clare Booth Luce scholarship, three have won NSF Graduate Fellowships, and one student was a finalist for the Apker award of the American Institute of Physics for demonstrating exceptional potential for scientific research. In addition, our undergraduates regularly publish papers in refereed journals.