Western Kentucky University has strong focus on applied research, service and problem-solving in support of quality of life, and improvement of education at all levels. The university has always fostered undergraduate research as one of the major educational elements for our students. The Applied Physics Institute is the perfect place for integrated research and educational activities.
The API provides research experiences for students and postdoctoral scientists. Increasing student engagement in applied research, API provides hands-on training in real life projects using novel experimental techniques in various disciplines such as Condensed Matter Physics, Nanoscience, Nuclear and Atomic Physics, Computational Physics, and others. API student researchers actively participate in national and local conferences. In addition to research training during the semester, our students gain research experiences in summer as the full-time research assistants.
The institute promotes student success, and prepares students to be productive citizens. Identifying and integrating contemporary real world issues as part of their learning, students develop awareness of their opportunities as responsible citizens living and working in a global society. API engages students with communities other than their own as part of their university experience. Students develop their capacity to apply knowledge and training to address relevant concerns. Multidisciplinary nature of the institute's activities and projects broadens student's exposure to diversity of peoples, ideas and cultures.