Nicolas Johnston


The BHP Billiton Awards and then Intel ISEF in Los Angeles gave me the opportunity to meet some amazing people and see how they study, work, think and live.

Nicolas was a finalist in the 2011 awards for his project about the effects of violent media, such as video games, on physiological and psychological aggression levels in teenage boys. Nicolas was 16 years old when he participated in the awards.

The BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards gave Nicolas the opportunity to attend Intel ISEF in Los Angeles. This was another fantastic experience, and made him want to study further in the USA.

After enrolling at Sydney University in 2013, Nicolas was awarded a scholarship to attend Duke University in North Carolina, where he is now majoring in political science and international studies.

Nicolas recently traveled to Mongolia as part of his university scholarship Summer of Exploration. He spent eight weeks riding across the Mongolian Steppes meeting the people, understanding the culture and taking in the amazing landscape.

After he graduates, Nicolas hopes to work in the area of international security and counter-terrorism.

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