About the Department
The department of physics at Korea University was founded in a temporary refugee building within the city of Daegu in 1952 during the Korean War. Since it's birth, the Physics department had overcome many struggles before settling at its current location in the Korea University Asan Science Hall in 1996. The Asan Science Hall was a gift donated by Jung Ju-Young, founder of the Hyundai corporation. At its new location, the department has experienced a rapid period of growth culminating in a world-class education and research environment, with an infrastructure geared toward supporting a diverse department that includes full high-speed internet access and full multimedia enabled classrooms, just to name a few. Through the pursuit of education at the highest international levels of excellence, our graduates have played pivotal roles in academic, industrial, and government roles for the past 60 years. Thanks to the efforts of many, our department was awarded the prestigious "Initiative for global leaders in physics" in the second stage of the Brain Korea 21 (BK21) program in 2006.
At the turn of the century, the department set out to increase the departments research quality and productivity by hiring distinguished new faculty members, and providing them with state-of-the-art research facilities. The Korea detector laboratory and institute for nano-science were established to act as the core centers for particle and condensed matter physics, respectively.
Currently, the physics department holds numerous prestigious grants from the Korean government, including one as an "Institute for focused topic" and one through the Creative Research Initiative. Furthermore, we host four national research laboratories and one space research laboratory.
In addition to government research and education grants, the physics department supports undergraduate and graduate students through its own funding sources such as the Baek-Woon fellowship and Physics Alumni fellowship. The department also provides generous startup funds for new faculty members from the SK Research fund.
At present, the department consists of 24 faculty members who are passionate about educating future physicists and global leaders via both classroom instruction and a vibrant, interactive laboratory program. Through systematic education, our students gain a creative eye for understanding nature and gain valuable problem-solving skills needed for tackling the challenges of today and tomorrow. We are constantly making efforts to broaden students knowledge through a laboratory program designed to expose them to the various physics disciplines, and regular departmental colloquia focused on inviting speakers at the forefront of research from both Korea and beyond.