Kevin W. Paulisse, a Hope College junior from Grandville, has received a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for the 1998-99 academic year.
The scholarships were awarded by the Board of
Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and
Excellence in Education Foundation to 316 undergraduate
sophomores and juniors for the 1998-99 academic year. The
Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic
merit from a field of 1,186 mathematics, science and
engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of
colleges and universities nationwide.
"He's an exceptional student, both in the
classroom and in the research laboratory," said Dr. William
F. Polik, associate professor of chemistry, with whom
Paulisse has conducted research since 1996. "The qualities
of Kevin that impress me the most are his independence; his
hard-driving work ethic; his depth of analysis--to
understand a question from a fundamental viewpoint; and his
prolific rate of accomplishment."
"Kevin took Organic Chemistry as a freshman--very
few freshmen do that, most take General Chemistry--and was
the top student in his class," he said. "And he has been
the top student in every chemistry class that he's taken
Paulisse is a chemistry and mathematics dual
major. He received the college's Organic Chemistry Book
Award in the spring of 1996 for his performance in Organic
Chemistry. He has received one of only 23 Pfizer
Fellowships awarded nationwide in chemistry by Pfizer Inc.
of Groton, Conn., an award that will support him as he
conducts research at Hope full-time with Polik this summer.
He and Polik have also written "Discus," a
computer program for hosting discussion on the World Wide
Web. Originally developed for use at Hope, the application
has been adopted by more than 550 other institutions.
Paulisse has worked in the department of chemistry
as a teaching assistant and homework grader, and also works
for the college's office of Computing and Information
Technology. His activities include intramural sports and
playing tuba in Hope's pep band.
He is the son of Marilyn Paulisse of Grandville
and the late Wayne Paulisse, and is a 1995 graduate of Grand
Rapids Christian High School.
The Goldwater Scholarships provide up to $7,500
per year to help cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and
room and board.
Paulisse is one of 11 students native to Michigan-
-some are attending out-of-state schools--to receive one of
the scholarships. In addition to Hope, the Michigan
institutions to have students honored are Eastern Michigan
University, Michigan State University and the University of
Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Of the students selected, 183 of the scholars are
men, 133 are women and virtually all intend to obtain a
Ph.D. as their degree objective. A total of 19 are
mathematics majors, 215 are science majors, 20 are majoring
in engineering, and 62 have dual majors in a variety of
mathematics, science, engineering and computer disciplines.
The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed
agency established by Public Law 99-661 on Nov. 14, 1986.
The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater
was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to
pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural
sciences and engineering.
The foundation, now in its 10th year, has to date
awarded 2,407 scholarships worth approximately $25 million.
The trustees plan to award about 300 scholarships for the
1999-2000 academic year.