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Senior Kevin Paulisse Receives
"National Defense" Fellowship

Posted April 22, 1999

          HOLLAND -- Hope College senior Kevin Paulisse of
  Grandville continues to receive recognition for his
  excellence as a student.
          He is one of only 96 students nationwide to
  receive a "National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate
  Fellowship" for graduate work.  The fellowships pay tuition
  and fees and a stipend of approximately $19,000 per year for
  three years for students pursuing doctorates in the
  sciences.
          Earlier this spring, Paulisse was one of 900
  students nationwide to receive a Graduate Fellowship from
  the National Science Foundation (NSF), which also supports
  doctoral studies in the sciences.
          He has accepted the National Defense Science and
  Engineering Graduate Fellowship, since recipients may not
  choose both.  A chemistry and mathematics major, he plans to
  pursue a doctorate in physical chemistry at the University
  of Wisconsin-Madison.
          "Kevin is not only exceptional in the classroom,
  but he's truly a star in undergraduate research," said Dr.
  William F. Polik, associate professor of chemistry, with
  whom Paulisse has conducted research since 1996.
          "One strong point is the depth of his analysis in
  understanding a problem fundamentally," he said.  "His
  thorough approach to every problem he's looked at has been
  very impressive."
          "In addition to solving fundamental problems, he
  looks for practical applications in his work," Polik said.
          One practical application that Paulisse and Polik
  have created together falls outside of chemistry research
  specifically, although it is an outgrowth of their interest
  in fostering discussion in their discipline.  They have co-
  written "Discus," a computer program for hosting discussion
  on the World Wide Web.  There are more than 5,000
  installations on the Internet of the program, which was
  originally developed for use at Hope.
          Paulisse and Polik have conducted research
  together during both the school year and summer.  Their work
  uses computational chemistry computer programs to predict
  properties of molecules, and comparing the predicted
  properties to the results that are obtained through
  experiment.  Their experiment uses a laser to study how
  molecules interact with light.
          In the summer of 1998, Paulisse held one of only
  23 Pfizer fellowships awarded nationwide in chemistry by
  Pfizer Inc. of Groton, Conn., in support of summer research.
  In the spring of 1998, he received one of only 316 Goldwater
  Scholarships awarded nationwide in support of undergraduate
  students for the 1998-99 school year based on academic
  merit.
          Paulisse was recently named to the college's
  chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and has consistently been named
  to Hope's dean's list.  In the spring of 1998 he received
  the college's Junior Chemistry Journal Award, and he
  received the college's Organic Chemistry Book Award in the
  spring of 1996 for his performance in Organic Chemistry.
          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.
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