Philip Baringer, Ph.D., brings over 25 years of teaching and research experience to the University Honors Program. He is a professor of Physics & Astronomy and has received numerous awards for his teaching, including the Department Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence and the University Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Excellence in Teaching Award, which is chosen by Graduate students studying Physics & Astronomy. Baringer’s research focuses on experimental particle physics, particularly the production of the top quark. He is a member of the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) collaboration, an international group that is operating an experiment at the European Organization for Nuclear Research’s Large Hadron Collider. Baringer believes in the importance of communicating science to a general audience. He is the lead faculty member of the University of Kansas QuarkNet center, which connects the University’s particle physics research group with local high school physics teachers and students. He has also received the Steeples Award for Service to Kansans, an award that recognizes faculty members for sharing their teaching and research with the people of Kansas.