Randy Van Peursem
Science support services professional
Randy Van Peursem

Randy Van Peursem offers students the science support they need to succeed and models the encouragement and love of Christ.

Tutor mentor

Van Peursem manages more than 70 student science tutors and also advises first-year science majors. Many alumni say he played a huge role in helping to prepare them for medical school.


Van Peursem has dealt with severe allergic reactions and dysautonomia throughout his life but chooses to see this as a gift from God to help recognize symptoms in other family members and people in the community.

Servant’s heart

In 2009, Van Peursem received Northwestern’s Staff Inspirational Service Award after being nominated by numerous students and faculty. His patience and encouragement when tutoring students goes above and beyond to help them succeed.

Christ model

One student said, “He encourages excellence in not just academics, but he inspires us to live life to the fullest. In spite of difficult health problems, Randy still selflessly serves students, placing our needs over how he feels. He models what true Christ-like service looks like.”

Star Wars collector

Since 1993, Van Peursem has been collecting Star Wars and Lord of the Rings dioramas—with over 6,000 action figures already displayed in his basement. Many students bring friends over to experience the nostalgia.

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