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Dept of Physics

Karen E. Daniels

Associate Professor

Office: 258C Riddick Hall
Lab: 229-234 Riddick Hall
Phone: (919) 513-7921
Fax: (919) 515-6538
Email: kdaniel {at} ncsu.edu

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Mailing address:
Dept. of Physics
Box 8202
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695

Office Hours (Spring 2014): Wed 2-3:30pm, or by appointment


A.B. Physics Dartmouth College, 1994
Ph.D. Physics Cornell University, 2002
Postdoc Duke University, 2002-2005
Asst. Professor of Physics, NCSU, 2005-2011
Assoc. Professor of Physics, NCSU, 2011-present


NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award, 2007
Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, 2011
NC State Faculty Scholar, 2014-18


Course Registration

Prior to our meeting during the course registration period, please prepare a list of what courses you intend to take for at least the next semester. You should confirm that these courses are in fact being offered during the semester in question and that you have already satisfied the prerequisites. You can either use the "Plan of Work" feature on MyPack Portal, email me the list, or bring it written out.


Career Guidance

What do physics majors do after graduation? Here are some links to information which looks beyond the "grad school in physics" option.

Looking for a science-related summer/campus job?

Instructions for Recommendation Letters

So that I can effectively advocate for you, please follow the instructions below.

  1. Make sure that I know enough information about you to write an effective letter. These can be either hard copy or email if I don't know them already:

    • your legal name (if it's not what I call you), year, major(s)
    • a copy of your transcript (printout from MyPack Portal is fine)
    • a copy of your personal statement (or other application materials)
    • what classes did you take from me?
    • any special academic awards/accomplishments?
    • any special non-academic awards/accomplishments (particularly if relevent to the mission of the program)?
    • how does the program fit into your long-term goals?
    • any other pertinent information about yourself which I might be able to address
  2. Make sure that I have enough information about about the program to be able to write an effective letter. These can be either hard copy or email:

    • list of all programs with deadlines and instructions (web vs. paper, whether I should mail or give to you)
    • information about what the program cares about (i.e "scholarship for scientists with artistic ability and red hair" or "PhD program in applied beekeeping" if it's not obvious from the title of the program)
    • for paper submission: all required paper forms and pre-addressed envelopes (no stamps required, I can give you official NCSU envelopes)
  3. Please send email reminders as the deadlines approach, and I will send you email confirmation as I submit materials to the programs. (Online applications will probably send this confirmation directly.)

  4. Finally, please keep me posted about whether you were successful in your applicaton(s), and what your experiences were with a particular program. This will help me to advise future students looking for similar opportunties.

Good luck!


Recent Courses

HON292A/297: Entropy and Chaos: Order and Disorder in the Universe F08 F10
Media Blog

PY205: Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (Matter and Interactions) S06, F06, S08, S09
Media Blog S09

PY208: Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (Matter and Interactions and SCALE-UP) F07, S10, S13, F13

PY413: Thermal Physics S14

PY722: Statistical Physics II F09 F12


  • K. E. Daniels. "Student Blogging about Physics." The Physics Teacher. 48: 366-7 (Sept 2010) [PDF]

Introductory Fluids

In connection with the Matter & Interactions curriculum, I wrote an appendix which covers fluid statics and dynamics in language consistent with the rest of the course.

Link to PDF

Instructors: I also have a set of WebAssign-coded problems and buoyancy lab which I'd be happy to share if you email me.


  • Squish! Not-so-Solid Science 50-minute workshop suitable for 5th-8th grade students [Link to PDF]

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