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Two IfA graduate students have won the prestigious NASA Hubble and Einstein Fellowships this year. Trent Dupuy has been offered a Hubble Fellowship, and Emily Levesque received an Einstein Fellowship offer. In addition, Henry Hsieh, who received a PhD from UH in 2007, has also been offered a Hubble Fellowship. This makes UH one of only two institutions whose graduates received two Hubble Fellowships this year. (The other one is Princeton.)
The Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports outstanding postdoctoral scientists whose research is related to NASA Cosmic Origins scientific goals as addressed by any of the following missions: the Herschel Space Observatory, launched by the European Space Agency last May with NASA participation; the Hubble Space Telescope; Hubble’s successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, which scheduled for launch in 2014; the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, an infrared telescope carried on a Boeing 747-SP aircraft; and the Spitzer Space Telescope, which is also observes in the infrared.
The Einstein Postdoctoral Fellowship program awards fellowships to recent PhDs in astronomy, physics, and related disciplines for research that is broadly related to the mission of the NASA Physics of the Cosmos program, which seeks to expand the knowledge of physics beyond General Relativity and quantum mechanics, and attempts to answer the question, "How does the Universe work?" The fellowships last from two to three years.
Graduate student Rita Mann has received a Plaskett Fellowship at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in British Columbia, Canada. The fellowship is awarded to an outstanding, recent doctoral graduate in astrophysics or a closely related discipline.