Above: Eugenie Mielczarek, founding professor of
George Mason University’s Physics Department

Funding Opportunity

The George Mason University Department of Physics and Astronomy is honoring the pioneering professor who founded the department with a memorial scholarship in her name.

The Eugenie V. Mielczarek Scholarship Endowment recognizes the trailblazer who made lasting contributions as Mason’s first female physicist, while playing a pivotal role in paving the way for other women to follow in a field where they are typically underrepresented. More affectionately known as “Jeannie,” Mielczarek spent 35 years at Mason before retiring in 1999.

The memorial scholarship endowment establishes a merit-based scholarship available to Mason students who are current or aspiring physics majors. A preference for selection will be given to female applicants.

The scholarship was initiated by the Mielczarek family along with faculty and staff from the Department of Physics and Astronomy. The scholarship will be available to students beginning fall 2018.

For more information about the scholarship, please contact either Audrey Kelaher at or Evan Del Duke at
from the College of Science Development Office.