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

Release date: Jan 14, 1992 12:00 AM (EST)

The Space Telescope Science Institute (ST ScI) has selected 13 new scientists for the Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The awardees were selected from a pool of 115 highly-qualified candidates from 28 countries.

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Release date: Jan 14, 1992
Hubble Fellowship Program Selects Talented Young Astronomers for Studying Hubble Space Telescope Discoveries

The Space Telescope Science Institute (ST ScI) has selected 13 new scientists for the Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. The awardees were selected from a pool of 115 highly-qualified candidates from 28 countries.

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

The program is a joint venture between NASA and ST ScI 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, ST ScI 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."

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 one Fellow per year is 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 ST ScI Director makes 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 FELLOWS 1992

Matthew Bershady University of California, Santa Cruz Lick Observatory

Yong-Ik Byun Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii

Paul Green Center for Astrophysics

Andrea Ghez Steward Observatory

Puragra Guhathakurta Princeton

Donald R Garnett University of Minnesota

Coel Hellier University of Texas @ Austin

Jane Luu University of California, Berkeley

Steven R. Majewski OCIW

Frederic A. Rasio Institute for Advanced Study

Kenneth R. Sembach Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Sylvain Veilleux Kitt Peak

Donna S. Womble California Institute of Technology