Bullitt Scholarships and Bullitt Awards for the Best Paper in Astronomy


Through a generous donation from the William Marshall Bullitt family, which
endowed the annual Bullitt Lectures in Astronomy, there are two annual awards
made to students in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy at the University of  Louisville.
Both of these awards are selected by a group of faculty in the department involved
in teaching or research in astronomy, and may also include other faculty members,
approved by the department faculty as a whole.

1) The Bullitt Scholarship - for undergraduates:  This is based on a student's academic record, including
both coursework and research, and also on interest and future goals with respect to astronomy.
It may be divided among two or more students.

2) The Best Paper in Astronomy Award - for graduate students and undergraduates This is
based on written piece of work which has been
a) submitted or published in a scholarly journal, or
b) presented at a conference, or
c) is in an advanced draft state, nearly ready to be submitted to a journal.
Published work which involves collaborations involving multiple students is allowed.

Details are as follows.

Bullitt Scholarships
Students can either be nominated by faculty or can apply on their own initiative.
They must supply.
1) a transcript of all of their university-level coursework up through the end of the last complete semester
    (an unofficial University version suffices),

2) a current curriculum vitae,
3) a half page to page writeup/essay on the student's interest in astronomy and career goals, plus a half page to a page
    summary of that student's research experience in astronomy (both former and on-going projects).  The research section
    should include any refer
ences for presented or published work. 
4) one or preferably two reference letters from research advisors, classroom teachers or other scientific mentors
5) a screenshot of their UL financial aid web page (to show status of met/unmet financial need as per Bullitt Fund conditions), and
6) a fully filled in application form ASCII  pdf

NOTE: Bullitt Scholarship awardees are expected to attend the Bullitt Lecture and all functions before and after it.

Bullitt Award for the Best Paper in Astronomy
Students can either be nominated by faculty or can apply on their own initiative.
They must supply:
1) a copy of their paper (electronic preferred)
2) information about where it is published or will be published (journal/conference series, volume, year, URL), if it is not a draft, and
3) an explanation of their role and the role of others on the paper both in the research work and the writing, if it is collaborative work.

NOTE: Best Paper awardees are expected to attend the Bullitt Lecture and all functions before and after it.

DEADLINES: This an currently an archival site.

Past Awards (please send corrections to G. Williger):

Bullitt Scholars

2001-02 - no award
2002-03 - Allison Gregg, Jeff Hay
2003-04 - no award
2004-05 - Nicholas Ivan Arnold
2005-06 - no award
2006-07 - Blakesley Burkhart, David Wesley Miller
2007-08 - Patrick McQuillen
2008-09 - Jamie Todd
2009-10 - Matt Nichols, Ryan Sanders
2010-11 - Mark Capece, Shannon MacKenzie
2011-12 - Jenna Lichtenberger
2012-13 - Jared Keown, Blake Pantoja
2013-14 - Bryan Enders, Eric Feil, David Warder
2014-15 - Breanna Ausbrooks, Brian Leist, Asha Nagaiya
2015-16 - Blaine Scinta
2016-17 - Nicholas Duong
2017-18 - Brianna Mills
2018-19 - Samir Kusmic
2019-20 - Shawn Knabel
2020-21 - Dominic Smith
2021-22 - Luke Reeves

Best Paper in Astronomy Award

2010-11 - Joe Burchett: Enhanced Public Outreach with Asteroseismology (unpublished manuscript)
2011-12 - Karen Collins, 5th author of 32, in Siverd et al. (2012): KELT-1b: A Strongly Irradiated, Highly Inflated, Short Period, 27 Jupiter-mass Companion... 2012, ApJ, 761, 123
2012-13 - Jeremy Hornbeck et al.: PDS 144: The First Confirmed Herbig Ae-Herbig Ae Wide Binary, 2012, ApJ, 744, 54
2013-14 - Karen Collins et al.: KELT-6b: A P~7.9 day Hot Saturn Transiting a Metal-Poor Star with a Long-Period Companion, arXiv:1308.2296, 2014, AJ, 147, 39
2014-15 - Asha Nagaiya, 4th author of 6, in Morrison et al. (2016), "Numerical Methods for solving the Hartree-Fock equations of diatomic molecules II", Communications in Computational Physics, 19, 632, doi:10.4208/cicp.101114.170615a
2015-16 - Jeremy Hornbeck, J. Swearingen, C. Grady, G. Williger and 17 co-authors (2016), "Panchromatic Imaging of a Transitional Disk: The Disk of GM~Aur in Optical and FUV Scattered Light", ApJ, 829, 65
2016-17 - Brian S. Leist, Nichols, Matthew T., Haberzettl, Lutz G., Williger, Gerard M. 2016, "Multi-wavelength Photometric Catalogs of Star-Forming Galaxies at z~2", poster, AAS Regional Meeting, Richmond KY, 9 April 2016
2017-18 - Samir Kusmic & Benne W. Holwerda 2017, "Measuring Sizes & Shapes of Galaxies" , poster, 231st AAS Meeting, 436.09, Washington DC, 8-12 Jan 2018
2017-18 - Brianna Mills, Heinz, S., Corrales, L., Williger, G.M. 2017, "Looking for Dust-Scattering Light Echoes" , poster, 231st AAS Meeting, 350.01, Washington DC, 8-12 Jan 2018, later published as Corrales, L., Mills, B.S., Heinz, S., Williger, G.M. 2019, "The X-Ray Variable Sky as Seen by MAXI", ApJ, 874, 155
2018-19 - Samir Kusmic, Holwerda, B.W., Bridge, J. 2019, "Morphological Parameters of Galaxies at z~8 in the BoRG and CANDELS Survey", poster, 233rd AAS Meeting, 144.10, Seattle WA, 7-11 Jan 2019, later published in Kusmic et al. (2019), Res. Notes of the AAS, 3, 134
2019-20 - Shawn Knabel, S., Steele, R., Holwerda, B., Bridge, J., Jacques, A., Hopkins, A., Bamford, S., Brown, M., Brough, S., Kelvin, L., Bilicki, M., Kielkopf, J., "Galaxy and Mass Assembly: A Comparison between Galaxy-Galaxy Lens Searches in KiDS/GAMA", AJ, 160, 223,
2020-21 - Emily Spicer, unpublished manuscript