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Günther Hasinger

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From the Director

It is significant that for two years in a row, recent PhD recipients from IfA, H. Jabran Zahid and Brendan Bowler, have received the Robert J. Trumpler Award given by the Astronomical Society of the Pacific “to a recent recipient of the PhD degree in North America whose research is considered unusually important to astronomy.” In 2012 one of two Trumpler recipients was IfA alumna Emily Levesque.

Our students also win their share of awards given by the University of Hawai‘i and local organizations. In recent years, Andrew Mann, Bowler, Chris Beaumont, Zahid, BJ Fulton, and Chao-Ling Hung have all won UH excellence in research awards at the master’s or PhD levels. Scott Dahm (2004), Levesque (2009), and Beaumont (2012) won the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Scholar of the Year award.

Once our students graduate, they often receive prestigious fellowships to support their postdoctoral work. For example, Jeyhan Kartaltepe (PhD 2009), Trent Dupuy (PhD 2010), Levesque (PhD 2010), Steven Rodney (PhD 2010), and Sean Andrews (PhD 2007) all won Hubble Fellowships supported by NASA. These fellowships are open not only to US citizens, but any other English-speaking astronomers. Fellows receive a very competitive salary and a sizable research allowance that can be used at a US institution of the fellow’s choice for up to three years. The competition for these awards is tough.

In the long run, our alumni do well in astronomy, with 83 percent staying in the field. About 50 percent have jobs in astronomy research, while a third are astronomy faculty at institutions of higher learning.

We are very proud of our graduate students and alumni.


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