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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 25

Nuts & Bolts, 1:30 pm, CW 119

PER Seminar by Scott Tanona, K-State Philosophy (Public Values and the Ethics of Science Communication) , 2:30 pm, CW 119

Colloquium by Peter G Schunemann, BAE Systems (Advances in nonlinear optical crystals for the mid-infrared), 4:30 pm, CW 102 

Tuesday, September 26

Colloquium by Bret Flanders, K-State CMS (Radio Frequency Electrochemical Crystallization—Crystal Growth One Atom at a Time 4:30 pm, CW 102 

Wednesday, September 27

HEP Seminar by David Pearson, K-State Cosmology (TBA), 1:30 pm, CW 119

Friday, September 29

Condensed Matter Seminar by Matt Berg, K-State Physics CMS (TBA), 1:30 pm, CW 119

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 pm, CW 220


Fulbright Canada scholar studies why students become scientists

Physics Neff Lecture by Michael Ranney highlighting climate change understanding now available online

Graduate Research Assistant Nandana Weliweriya Liyanage named a K-State Alumni Association 2017 International Student Scholar 

NSF grant funds university study of professional development tool for physicists

Physics Graduate Student Invited as Featured Speaker at Department of Defense Meeting

University researchers contribute to DUNE, the world's biggest neutrino experiment

College of Arts and Sciences names interim associate dean for research

Physicists create 'molecular black hole' using ultra-intense X-ray pulses

Kansas State University student from Overland Park a 2017 Cargill Global Scholar

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