Nikhil Buduma got three biology textbooks for his birthday and he couldn't be happier.
Unlike many other 18-year-olds, Nikhil doesn't get his thrills from playing video games or watching television. He says it's making new discoveries and solving old problems in science that keep him entertained. It also keeps the Bellarmine College Preparatory senior very busy these days.
Nikhil recently captained his school's team to the national finals of the Department of Energy's Science Bowl. In another competition, the Biology Olympiad, Nikhil scored the highest results in the country, beating out more than 7,000 other participants. He's also qualified for a national chemistry competition, as well as the state debate championship.
And then there's that little side project he's been working on, to improve the pertussis vaccine for infants.
Watch Garvin Thomas' profile of Nikhil above.