For stimulating the study in mathematics at Dutch universities the Stieltjes Institute has established in 2001 six Stieltjes Propedeuseprijzen Wiskunde (Stieltjes Propedeuse Prizes Mathematics) for the best first year students at the general universities. These prizes consist of a certificate, a sculpture of a falcon and an amount of 500 Euro.
On the recommendation of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities) at Haarlem the prizes 2002 have been awarded to:
Pieter J. Bruin (University of Leiden)
Bart van den Dries (Utrecht University)
Wouter J. Peyrot (university of Amsterdam)
Jeroen R. Sijsling (University of Groningen)
Bart J. Slingerland (Free University of Amsterdam)
On November 28, 2002, during a meeting in the Hodshon House in Haarlem, the seat of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen, they received the prizes from the Chairman of the Education Committee and the Secretary of the Stieltjes Institute.
During this meeting also the two CIVI Propedeuseprijzen Wiskunde for the best first year students at the technical universities were presented to:
Matthijs W. Bijl (University of Twente)
Paulien van Slingerland (Delft University of Technology).