Chat Hull awarded fellowships to study astrophysics at UC Berkeley

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express

Penn Yan native Chat Hull has been awarded two fellowships that will support his enrollment in the Ph.D. program in astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley. 

In April Hull was informed by the National Science Foundation that he had been selected for a three-year Graduate Research Fellowship, one of 18 awarded nationwide this year to graduate students pursuing degrees in astronomy and astrophysics. 

He had earlier been told by the University of California that it had awarded him a two-year Chancellor’s Science Fellowship. Hull will begin his studies at Berkeley in August.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, Hull received a B.S. in physics with highest distinction in 2006.  His astronomy research experience included an internship at the University of Rochester during the summer of 2005, where he worked with physics and astronomy professor Dan Watson on data collected by the Spitzer Space Telescope. 

His research on Class 0 protostellar objects was included in two journal articles last year, one in Nature, and one in The Astrophysical Journal (see “Astronomy Research Is Published,” The Chronicle-Express, Sept. 26, 2007).

Hull spent most of 2007 teaching math, physics, and music at a high school in San Mateo Ixtatán, a Mayan town in the northwest highlands of Guatemala (see “A ‘Paseo’ in the Mayan Mountains,” The Chronicle-Express, Nov. 14, 2007). 

Since his return to the United States in November, Hull has been teaching AP and freshman physics at Woodberry Forest School, a boarding school in central Virginia where he was the valedictorian of the Class of 2002. 

He will spend most of June and July at home in Penn Yan before moving to California.