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 1.000 Dutch Guilders.
On the recommendation of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities) at Haarlem the prizes 2001 have been awarded to:
Willem M.J. Peeters (University of Nijmegen),
Jan Tuitman (University of Groningen),
Allard C. Veldman (University of Leiden),
I. Maaike Verloop (Utrecht University),
David Visser (Free University Amsterdam),
Philip Y.C. Yau (University of Amsterdam).
On November 30, 2001, 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 and the Director of the Stieltjes Institute.
During this meeting also the three CIVI Propedeuseprijzen Wiskunde for the best first year students at the technical universities were presented to:
Jan Maas (Delft University of Technology),
Sanne T. Smit (University of Twente),
Stefan H.M. van Zwam (Eindhoven University of Technology).