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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, September 26

Nuts & Bolts, 1:30 pm, CW 119

Colloquium by Glenn Horton-Smith, K-State High Energy Physics Towards the Biggest, Most Intense Neutrino Experiments Ever), 4:30 pm, CW 102 

Wednesday, September 28

Physics Scholarship Luncheon, 12:00 pm, K-State Union Cottonwood Room

AMO Seminar by Jan Tross, K-State AMO Physics (A Self-referencing Attosecond Interferometer for the Study of Complex Dipoles), 1:30 pm, CW 144/145

Astro/Cosmo Club, 3:30 pm, CW 119

Friday, September 30

CMS Seminar by Bruce Law, K-State CMS Physics (Soft Matter Surface Physics), 1:30 pm, CW 119 

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 pm, CW 220


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

Physics graduate research assistant Utuq Ablikim awarded fellowship 

J.R. Macdonald Lab receives nearly $8 million DOE grant renewal 

Nebraska student travels to Kansas State University to conduct summer research in AMO Physics 

Latin American Center of Physics (CLAF) promotes scientific exchange with Kansas State University 

Kansas Physics and Physical Science Teachers "Model the Unseen" in their lesson planning with the assistance of Kansas NSF EPSCoR AMO Researchers 

Rudenko & Rolles collaborate on new X-ray method that allows scientists to probe molecular explosions 

Researchers invent, patent new class of lasers 

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