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Understanding the Universe Starts Here

The KU Department of Physics & Astronomy is a bridge to understanding the world, educating future physicists and astronomers, unearthing new scientific discoveries, and challenging the perception of the Universe. Through the commitment that faculty, students, and staff have to transformational education and interdisciplinary research, "Understanding the Universe Starts Here," at the KU Department of Physics & Astronomy.

Undergraduate research in Engineering Physics

Undergraduate Program

Discover information about earning a degree in physics, astronomy, and more!

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Graduate Program

Information about the Graduate Program - including degrees options, resources, and more!

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Department Testimonials

A video from department faculty, students, and staff. See why they chose KU Physics & Astronomy!

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Professor Hui Zhao's laser lab

KU Physics & Astronomy Research

Our Research

KU Physics & Astronomy News

Graduate Student Appreciation Week

In honor of our graduate students and in recognition of Graduate Student Appreciation Week, the department will be hosti

Physics & Astronomy Department - Annual Award Winners

Please visit this link (PDF) for information about the 2021 award winners.

KU Physics & Astronomy REU

Applications are open now and due by March 15th! For more information and to apply, you can visit the REU website.