AHEPA Educational Foundation Chairman George Vorkas on behalf of the Supreme President and the Mavroyannis Family are proud to announce the Constantine and Patricia Mavroyannis Scholarship recipients for 2023 are Georgios Fanaras of Tufts University, Emmanouil Kokkinis of University of Minnesota, and Alex Kyranos of University of California Santa Barbara. Each student will receive an award of $5,000 to support doctoral research in theoretical physics or physical chemistry for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Dr. Constantine and his wife, Patricia Mavroyannis, established the Constantine and Patricia Mavroyannis Scholarship in 2013 in order to provide financial support to Hellenic students pursuing PhD programs in theoretical physics or physical chemistry. Since its establishment, including this year’s recipients, Dr. and Mrs. Mavroyannis will have personally funded 30 scholarships to PhD students in these fields from the United States, Canada and Greece. The Mavroyannis Family would like to congratulate Georgios, Emmanouil, and Alex on their exceptional academic achievements in the fields of theoretical physics and physical chemistry.
About Georgios Fanaras: Georgios is in his third year studying physics and astronomy at Tufts University. His research area is topological defects in cosmology.
About Emmanouil Kokkinis: Emmanouil is in his second year studying theoretical physics at University of Minnesota. His research area is the interplay between superconductivity and bound-state formation.
About Alex Kyranos: Alex is in her second year studying chemistry at University of California Santa Barbara. She is currently researching LadA, a two-component flavin-dependent monooxygenase.
The Constantine and Patricia Mavroyannis Scholarship is open to graduate students who are either Greek or of Greek heritage and are enrolled in a PhD program in either theoretical physics or physical chemistry in the Faculty of Science at a North American university. The scholarship is in the amount of $5,000 and is awarded on an annual basis in the fall semester.
The purpose of the Constantine and Patricia Mavroyannis Scholarship is to recognize the importance of education – specifically, to reward and encourage educational achievement by Hellenes in the fields of physics and chemistry and thereby support Hellenic contribution to the global scientific community. The scholarship honors the life and accomplishments of Dr. Constantine Mavroyannis and his wife Patricia.
Dr. Constantine Mavroyannis, an immigrant from Greece, achieved the seemingly unachievable – earning postdoctoral fellowships to complete PhDs from both McGill University and Oxford University – each in less than two years. He then became a career theoretical physicist at the National Research Council of Canada, publishing 140 scientific papers and teaching post-graduate PhD students from around the globe, continuing post retirement as a Physicist Emeritus at NRC’s Steacie Institute for Molecular Sciences.