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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 15

Meet and Greet with Kevin Knabe, Vescent Photonics (Topics discussed will involve low noise electronics, laser stabilization, and miro-optic packaging for next generation optical clocks), 9:30 am, CW 119

Physics Undergrad Pizza Lunch with Gabriela González, Louisiana State Univ., 12:00 pm, CW 119

Nuts & Bolts, 1:30 pm, CW 119

PER Seminar by Eleanor Sayre, K-SUPER (Developing Personas), 2:30 pm, CW 119

Colloquium by Gabriela González, Louisiana State Univ. (Gravitational Waves Astronomy), 4:15 pm, CW 102

Tuesday, October 16

Neff Lecture by Gabriela González, Louisiana State Univ. (Einstein, Gravitational Waves, Black Holes & Other Matters), 4:15 pm, Umberger 105 

Friday, October 19

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 pm, CW 220

Astro/Cosmo Group, 3:30 pm, CW 119

 Gonzalez Neff Lecture


Philosophy and physics awarded NSF grant to improve responsible conduct of research training

Physicist, author Sylvester Gates speaks at K-State

Physics faculty member conducts field school in Rwanda

Jackie  (BS '69, MS '72) Spears named acting associate dean for academic affairs at K-State Olathe

Prof Tim Bolton serves as co-editor on Interim Design Report for construction of gigantic particle detector modules involving more than 1,000 scientists from 32 countries

Summers awarded Laser Technology, Engineering and Applications Scholarship

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