Philip S. Baringer

Philip Baringer
  • Professor Emeritus
  • Physics & Astronomy

Contact Info

Call Me:
Malott Hall, room 6008C
1251 Wescoe Hall Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66045


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


PhD in Physics, Indiana, 1985
MS in Physics, Indiana, 1981
BS in Physics, Indiana, 1979


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 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

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


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.