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Applications for the 2018 Hessberg Award are now open!         

2018 Hesseberg application

Applications are due March 5th, 2018


Astronomy Camp students at Kitt Peak, AZ

The purpose of the Hessberg Award is to provide an opportunity for high school sophomores or juniors in the Capital District of New York to participate in a week-long research experience in astronomy at the Advanced Astronomy Camp in Tucson, Arizona.

Students are housed in the astronomers’ dormitories on Kitt Peak, near Tucson, and work with a variety of telescopes there.  They participate in various hands-on astronomical projects under the general supervision of astronomer Dr. Donald W. McCarthy, Jr. and his colleagues from Steward Observatory of the University of Arizona.  In addition, campers will attend lectures by local and visiting astronomers on current astronomical research. This Award will pay all registration and travel.

For more information about the program, check out: www.astronomycamp.org

“Astronomy camp was an experience like none other; I’ll never forget the extra-dark night sky visible from the mountain and the memories I made there. From noon to sunset, I got to expand my mind with hands on experiments and projects, ranging from the properties of liquid nitrogen to potential life on Mars. From sunset to sunrise, I got to use professional observatories to conduct real research that was personalized and exciting, and learned how to navigate the night sky like a seasoned pro. All the while, I worked with councilors who have personally impacted the scientific community, and made lasting connections with fellow campers from across the nation.”   – Sara Eberlin, 2017 Hessberg Award Winner



  • Sophomore or Junior in the current academic year
  • Attends high school in Albany, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady or Washington Counties
  • Must have completed Algebra II, Geometry or the equivalent
    Astronomy Camp does not presume, or require, a background in astronomy.

Nomination Procedure

Candidates must apply through their school, rather than by applying directly to the Dudley Observatory. There is no restriction on the number of nominees per high school.

Students and parents should complete the application materials linked above, and contact the school science teacher for a letter of recommendation.

Completed applications must be submitted by the science teacher or principal to the Dudley Observatory via mail or email.

Each nominee must submit:

  • A completed copy of the Hessberg Astronomy Award Application.
  • An essay of 1200-1500 words on an astronomy topic (see application)
  • A confidential letter of recommendation from a science or math teacher.

Past Hessberg Scholarship Winners

YearNameHigh School
2017Sara EberlinSaratoga Springs High School
2015Katya LeidigSaratoga Springs High School
2013Isza CeesayTroy High School
2012Hannah Peltz SmalleyDoane Stuart
2011Samantha ScibelliBurnt Hills Ballston Lake High School
2010Craig MaughanBurnt Hills Ballston Lake High School
2009Brennen O’DonnellHoosick Falls HS
2008Dan MancusoScotia-Glenville High School
2007Michael OrmsbeeBurnt Hills-Ballston Lake Senior High
2006Rebekah SokolAlbany Academy for Girls
2004John QiShaker High School
2003Katherine HartmanGuilderland High School
2003Danielle McMullenBroadalbin-Perth High School
2002Annie BarneyAcademy of the Holy Names
2002Caroline FeinbergAlbany Academy for Girls
2001Uyanga ChuluunbaatarRensselaer High School
2001Elise StefanikAlbany Academy for Girls
2000Ben HerbertSaratoga Springs Senior High School
1999J. Cramer SilkworthMaple Hill High School
1999Tyler CallahanHoosick Falls Central School
1998Molly E. HarroSchuylerville Central School
1998Timothy MoscaShaker High School
1997Casey KirkpatrickJohnstown High School
1997Kirstin MilksShaker High School
1996Annette GrajnyBethlehem High School
1996Daniel MurphyChristian Brothers Academy
1995Elizabeth WaterhouseShaker High School


Renaissance Quarterly

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Renaissance Quarterly is the leading international and interdisciplinary journal of Renaissance studies, encouraging connections between different scholarly approaches to bring together material spanning the period from 1300 to 1650.  The official journal of The Renaissance Society of America, the journal publishes international scholarship from diverse disciplines such as art history; architecture; book history; classical tradition; comparative literature; English, French, Germanic, Hispanic, and Italian literature; Hebraica; history; humanism; legal and political thought; religion; medicine and science; paleography and manuscript tradition; musicology; and many, many more.

Coverage: 1967-2015 (Vol. 20, No. 1 - Vol. 68, No. 4)

Moving Wall: 3 years (What is the moving wall?)

The "moving wall" represents the time period between the last issue available in JSTOR and the most recently published issue of a journal. Moving walls are generally represented in years. In rare instances, a publisher has elected to have a "zero" moving wall, so their current issues are available in JSTOR shortly after publication.
Note: In calculating the moving wall, the current year is not counted.
For example, if the current year is 2008 and a journal has a 5 year moving wall, articles from the year 2002 are available.

Terms Related to the Moving Wall
Fixed walls: Journals with no new volumes being added to the archive.
Absorbed: Journals that are combined with another title.
Complete: Journals that are no longer published or that have been combined with another title.

ISSN: 00344338

EISSN: 19350236

Subjects: Language & Literature, History, History, Art & Art History, Humanities, Arts

Collections: Arts & Sciences I Collection, JSTOR Essential Collection, Language & Literature Collection


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