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Hubble Fellowship Program Selects Talented Young Astronomers for Studying Hubble Space Telescope Discoveries

Release date: Apr 3, 1991 12:00 AM (EST)

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) has selected 12 new scientists for the Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The awardees were selected from a pool of 115 highly-qualified candidates from 24 countries.

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Release date: Apr 3, 1991
Hubble Fellowship Program Selects Talented Young Astronomers for Studying Hubble Space Telescope Discoveries

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScl) has selected 12 new scientists for the Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The awardees were selected from a pool of 115 highly-qualified candidates from 24 countries.

Inaugurated in 1990, the Hubble Fellowship Program funds research opportunities for a significant fraction of the pool of approximately two hundred Ph.D. astronomers who graduate annually.

The program is a joint venture between NASA and STScl in cooperation with astronomical institutions throughout the United States. The Hubble Fellowship Program will help ensure that some of the best young scientific talent in astronomy and physics will be awarded an opportunity to conduct important research on challenging discoveries from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST), according to Dr. Riccardo Giacconi, STScI Director. There is an increasing need for skilled astronomers to conduct research and analysis on the data from NASA's space astrophysics programs of the 1990's and beyond, he explained.

The scientists selected for this program will have an opportunity to conduct HST-related research of their choice at participating astronomical institutions throughout the U.S. In order to avoid an excessive concentration of talent at any one astronomy institution, no more than two Fellows per year are approved for any one place. New Hubble Fellows are added each year, for three-year terms. Eventually, the program will support a pool of several dozen astronomers annually.

Candidates are selected each year through a review by a nine-member review panel composed of eminent scientists from U.S. institutions, which ranks them on the basis of merit (research proposal, publications, academic achievements), after which the STScl Director makes the final selection.

On completion of the Fellowship Program, they are expected to go on to professorships at major institutions. The Hubble Fellowship Program is expected to play an important role in expanding and strengthening the astronomy community.

Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for1991

Name Host Institution Marijn Franx Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Suzanne L. Hawley Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories Xiaohui Hui California Institute of Technology Christopher S. Kochanek University of California - Berkeley Konrad H. Kuijken Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Kenneth M. Lanzetta University of California - San Diego Patrick J. McCarthy Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington Heather L. Morrison Kitt Peak National Observatory Hans-Walter R. Rix Institute for Advanced Studies Sean G. Ryan University of Texas at Austin William D. Vacca University of California - Berkeley Dennis F. Zaritsky Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington