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Philip S. Baringer

Primary office:
6008C Malott Hall


Professional Background

1999-present: Professor, University of Kansas
1994-1995: Visiting Associate Professor, University of Michigan
1993-1999: Associate Professor, University of Kansas
1988-1993: Assistant Professor, University of Kansas
1985-1988: Research Associate, Purdue University
1985: Research Associate, Indiana University


1985: Ph.D., Physics, Indiana University
1981: M.S., Physics, Indiana University
1979: B.S., Physics, Indiana University


I have been involved in efforts to flip the introductory physics classes, especially the first semester of the calculus-based sequence. I also team-teach a class that uses science fiction and non-fiction works to explore the effects of science and technology on society.

Teaching Interests

  • Physics
  • Introductory physics
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Science and technology


My research interest is in experimental particle physics (also known as high energy physics). I am a member of the CMS collaboration, which is an international group that is operating an experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider. I have been studying ways in which the top quark is produced for some time, starting with earlier work I did with the D0 collaboration at Fermilab. Now that the Higgs boson has been found, I am looking at ways in which the Higgs particle interacts with the top quark.

Research Interests

  • Experimental particle physics
  • High energy physics
  • Hadron collider physics


I am very interested in communicating science to a general audience. I am on the board of Kansas Citizens for Science and am past president of KU's Sigma Xi chapter. I am also the lead faculty mentor for KU's QuarkNet center that connects our particle physics research group with area high school physics teachers and students.

Selected Awards & Honors

  • 2003: Steeples Award for Service to Kansans
  • 2003-2004: Kemper Award for Teachng Excellence
  • 1997: Department Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • 2000-2001: CTE Excellence in Teaching Award, chosen by the Graduate students in Physics & Astronomy

Department Communications
Paper of the Week

Baldenegro Barrera, Baringer, Bean, Boren, Bowen, Bylinkin, Isidori, Khalil, King, Krintiras, Kropivnitskaya, Lindsey, Majumder, Mcbrayer, Minafra, Murray, Rogan, Royon, Sanders, Schmitz, Tapia Takaki, Wilson & CMS Collaboration

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