Space Telescope Science Institute Announces the 2011 Hubble Fellows
The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) announces today the selection of 17 new candidates for the Hubble Fellowship Program. This is one of the three prestigious postdoctoral fellowship programs funded by NASA. The other programs are the Sagan and the Einstein Fellowships. STScI administers the Hubble Fellowship Program for NASA.
BALTIMORE -; A panel of experts from the astronomy and astrophysics research community was recently convened at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore to advise STScI Director Matt Mountain on the selection of 17 new candidates for the Hubble Fellowship Program. This is one of three prestigious postdoctoral fellowship programs funded by NASA; the others are the Sagan and the Einstein Fellowships. STScI administers the Hubble Fellowship Program for NASA.
"I am always astonished by the caliber of knowledge represented by the Hubble Fellows. This year is no different. The newly appointed Hubble Fellows represent the highest quality of new professionals in the astronomical community who will become the future leaders of our field," said Mountain.
"The Hubble Fellowship Program supports some of the most prominent and active young research scientists at a crucial point in their careers. Hubble Fellows are strongly represented among the leading scientists and educators of the coming generation, and the impact of this program on astronomy and astrophysics is impressive," added Ronald Allen, Head of the Hubble Fellowship Program at STScI.
Each fellowship provides support to the awardees for three years. The fellows may pursue their research at any host university or research center of their choosing in the United States and will begin their programs in the fall of 2011.
"Being a Hubble Fellow has been a dream of mine since I started studying astrophysics. It not only represents recognition of a lot of hard work, but it provides the freedom to follow one's own scientific instincts. When I was offered a 2011 Hubble fellowship, I nearly burst from excitement. I literally jumped up and down, stomping my feet; it's a good thing the rest of the department was in a meeting. I've spent the time since pinching myself, convincing myself that — nope! — I'm no longer dreaming," said Joshua Peek, one of the new Hubble Fellows from Columbia University in New York.
The 17 awardees of the Hubble Fellowship pursue research broadly related to NASA's Cosmic Origins Program. This program examines the origins of galaxies, stars, and planetary systems, and the evolution of these structures with cosmic time. Its space missions presently include the Herschel Space Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST), the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA), and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
Inaugurated in 1990, the Hubble Fellowship Program funds research opportunities for outstanding candidates selected in 2011 from more than 269 applicants. The program is a joint venture between NASA and STScI, in cooperation with astronomical institutions across the United States.
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