Otago Boys' High School pupil William Pelet has won a trip
to Melbourne for the Youth Australian and New Zealand
Association for the Advancement of Science programme. Photo
by Linda Robertson.
William Pelet is a self-confessed ''nerd'' when it comes
It is not an image the 17-year-old Otago Boys' High School
pupil fosters, but when he talks about his recent selection
for one of Australasia's most prestigious residential science
programmes, it is hard for him to hide his excitement.
''I am proud to want to be a scientist. I know that might
sound nerdy to some, but to me it sounds like the only
logical occupation for me.''
William has been selected by the Royal Society of New Zealand
to attend the Youth Australian and New Zealand Association
for the Advancement of Science programme in Melbourne for a
week during July.
As part of his selection, he was also awarded the Talented
School Students' Travel Award, administered by the Royal
Society of New Zealand and funded by the Ministry of
Business, Innovation and Employment.
The monetary award will pay for his flights to the science
He is one of six New Zealand secondary school pupils who have
been selected to join 40 Australian counterparts, to learn
about the latest science research.
They will visit Monash University, RMIT University, which is
an Australian technology university, the Walter and Eliza
Hall Institute for Medical Research, and also Synchrotron.
He will receive behind-the-scenes tours, lectures with
leading scientists, and see hands-on research and cutting
William said he was looking forward to meeting other pupils
and scientists who shared his passion for science and
''You look around you and science has a lot of the answers to
the questions you have. It's fascinating.
''This is an opportunity to see what life as a research
scientist would be like. We're also going into Australia's
top science training facilities and getting hands-on
experience of university life.''
William wants to study law, chemistry and physics at the
University of Otago next year, and has already passed NCEA
Levels 1 and 2 with excellence.
He said science was a broad field with many career paths, and
to date, he had not decided which one to follow.
However, he was certain the trip would help him make the