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The Andrzej Zieminski Fellowship

This fellowship has been established in memory of Professor Andrzej Zieminski to recognize outstanding students that have been admitted to pursue a PhD degree the Department of Physics at Indiana University.

The fellowship will be given to an outstanding candidate for graduate study, with graduate students conducting research in elementary particle physics receiving first preference.

Application Deadline: The priority date is December 1st. Applications submitted after these dates will be considered if the fellowship is still available.


Andrzej ZieminskiBorn October 15, 1945 in Warsaw, Poland, Andrzej immigrated to the United States in 1980 and lived in College Park, Maryland, before moving to Bloomington in 1982. Before that, he was a professor at the University of Warsaw, from which he graduated in 1968.

Andrzej taught physics at Indiana University, where his research focused on elementary particle physics. Under Andrzej's leadership, Indiana University joined a large international research project at the Fermi National Laboratory near Chicago in 1985. The greatest achievement of the D-Zero experiment was the landmark 1995 discovery of the Top quark, a fundamental building block of nature, that helped scientists understand the forces of the universe.

Andrzej loved life and he loved people. He enjoyed world travel, mountains, opera, and world history, and was passionate about politics, both in his home country and in his adopted country. He climbed Mount Rainier in Washington State to celebrate his 40th birthday, and on his 50th birthday he accepted his son's invitation to travel to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. During his 62 years, Andrzej travelled to every continent except Antarctica, and was a frequent visitor to New York City, where he enjoyed performances, often standing, at the Metropolitan Opera.

He is survived by his wife, Daria, who was with him since adolescence; son Nick; daughter-in-law Alexis; and grandchildren, Max and Anna.

To help establish a physics graduate student fellowship fund in Andrzej's name, donations may be made to the IU Foundation (memo to Andrzej Zieminski Fellowship) and sent c/o Dept. of Physics, Indiana University, Swain West 117, Bloomington, IN 47405. For further information contact Daria Zieminska at daria at