Andrew Huisman of Zeeland Receives
Posted March 31, 2003
HOLLAND -- Andrew Huisman, a Hope College junior
from Zeeland, has received a prestigious Goldwater
Scholarship for the 2003-04 academic year.
It is the sixth time in seven years that at least
one Hope student has received one of the scholarships.
The scholarships were awarded by the Board of
Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and
Excellence in Education Foundation to 300 undergraduate
sophomores and juniors. The Goldwater Scholars were
selected on the basis of merit from a field of 1,093
mathematics, science and engineering students who were
nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities
The scholarships are for one or two years,
depending on the recipient's year in school, and cover the
cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a
maximum of $7,500 per year.
Huisman is a chemistry major and physics minor.
He hopes to go on to earn a doctorate in physical chemistry
and then teach chemistry and perform independent research at
a college or university.
He has been conducting research for the past two
years with Dr. Graham Peaslee, associate professor of
chemistry and geological/environmental sciences, working on
a new technique for detecting trace metals in the watershed.
"He's done a marvelous job," Peaslee said. "The
results of his work will certainly be publishable but might
even be patentable, they're so good. That's very unusual
for an undergraduate."
Huisman noted that he has appreciated both the
opportunity to investigate an original question and the
interdisciplinary character of the work, which involves
multiple areas of science. "I really enjoy coming up with
something innovative that combines some disciplines in ways
that people haven't used before," he said.
Last year, Huisman received a Beckman Scholar
Award to support his research at Hope from the summer of
2002 through the forthcoming summer. He is one of only six
Beckman Scholars nationwide chosen to speak during the Fifth
Annual Beckman Scholars Symposium that will be held in
California in July; some 54 scholars will be attending.
He is active with the college's chemistry club,
and has been volunteering with the science camp program for
elementary-age children. He is on the Hope College Mellon
Grant Committee for Integrating Technology into the
His activities have also included the college
orchestra, Symphonette and college chorus, serving as an
orientation assistant as a sophomore, and serving as a
moraler for the college's Nykerk Cup competition as both a
freshman and sophomore. He spent the fall of 2002 studying
at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia,
living in King's College where his activities included crew
(rowing) and directing the King's College Chorus for the
Cultural Intercollegiate Cup Competition.
Huisman is the son of Thomas and Bonnie Huisman of
Zeeland. He is a 2000 graduate of Zeeland High School.
Two previous Hope Goldwater Scholarship
recipients, who received their awards in 2001, are currently
seniors: Lee Kiessel of Suttons Bay, a physics and
mathematics major who also conducts research with Peaslee;
and Jody Murray of Grant, a biology major.
Of the students selected for awards this year, 161
are men and 139 are women, and virtually all intend to
obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. A total of 31 are
mathematics majors, 210 are science majors, 45 are majoring
in engineering and 12 are computer science-related majors.
Many 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 in its 15-year history has awarded
3,962 scholarships worth approximately $39 million. The
trustees plan to award about 300 scholarships for the 2004-
05 academic year.
The other schools in Michigan with students chosen
for 2003-04 scholarships are Michigan State University in
East Lansing, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor,
Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and West Shore
Community College in Scottville.