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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, August 22

Nuts & Bolts, 1:30 pm, CW 119

PER Seminar - Organizational Meeting2:30 pm, CW 119

Colloquium by Artem Rudenko, K-State AMO (Ultrafast and intense light-matter interactions: From 8 microns to 8 kiloelectronvolt) , 4:30 pm, CW 102

Tuesday, August 23

AMO Seminar by Joseph Murphy, SUNY Buffalo (Time-Resolved Spectroscopy of Magnetic ZnTe/ZnSe QDs and CdSe/CdS Nanoplatelets), 2:30 pm, CW 119

Wednesday, August 24

HEP Seminar - Organizational Meeting, 1:30 pm, CW 119

Astro/Cosmo Club, 3:30 pm, CW 119 

Thursday, August 25

AMO Seminar by Kyle Bowen, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (An Introduction to Nondipole Effects in Photoelectron Angular Distributions, with an Emphasis on Chiral Molecules), 2:30 pm, CW 119 

Undergraduate Ice Cream Social, 4:00 pm, CW 119 

Friday, August 26

Condensed Matter Seminar - Organizational Meeting, 1:30 pm, CW 119

DOE Faculty Meeting, 1:30 pm, CW 220



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

Department's 2016 Newsletter Now Available Online

Researchers invent, patent new class of lasers

Physics professors awarded supplement to National Science Foundation grant

Physics Outstanding Graduate Student Awardees Named 

University selects faculty member as distinguished professor

K-State Physics Graduate Students Participate in Congressional Visits Day

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