The family of Professor Pete Antoniewicz has established the Peter R. Antoniewicz Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Condensed Matter Physics in memory of Dr. Antoniewicz’s journey as a Physicist and his passionate dedication to teaching and mentoring students as a member of the Physics Faculty at UT Austin. Dr. Antoniewicz made a number of significant contributions to the field of Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics and was an active researcher, publishing dozens of papers as both sole author as well as in collaboration with many of his colleagues at UT. He published his most cited paper in 1980, “A Model for Electron- and Photon- Stimulated Desorption," in the Physical Review B; which has been cited over 400 times, including as recently as 2016. Dr. Antoniewicz’s later career focused on teaching and department matters; he served as Chair of the Undergraduate Committee and as the Undergraduate Advisor for many years, as Director of the Science Contest for the University Interscholastic League for over 30 years, and co-founded and administered the Saturday Teachers Workshop.

In recognition of Dr. Antoniewicz’s experience pursuing his graduate students while also supporting his wife and children, the family has established the Peter R. Antoniewicz Endowed Presidential Fellowship in Condensed Matter Physics to support graduate students working in the field of Condensed Matter Physics, with first preference among equal candidates given to support graduate students who are married.

This endowment will support, in perpetuity, the Department of Physics at the University of Texas at Austin.  The Department of Physics has set a goal of raising $200,000 in gifts and pledges for the Antoniewicz Fellowship; all pledges in support of this goal may be paid over a five-year window.

Learn more about this opportunity, download a pledge form, or make your gift online at

Questions? Please call JJ Mack at 512-232-1870 or email

To read more about the incredible life and career of Pete Antoniewicz, please visit the biography written by his friend and colleague Mel Oakes here.


Dr. Peter Antoniewicz and his wife Susan

Dr. Peter Antoniewicz and his wife Susan

"Pete encouraged me to be innovative in my own way, and supported me in exploring my own research program as a graduate student. As a person, Pete was a delightful human being; while many professors are somewhat stern and 'all business,' Pete made you feel comfortable talking with him."
Greg McFall, P.h.D. '97

"My dad taught me to value learning and be curious, to always do my best because that is reward enough, to sacrifice for your family, and he always demonstrated what it meant to be a great husband and father. He will always be my hero."
Adam Antoniewicz