On Sept. 8, Nicholas Johnson 2015 was presented the Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award from Princeton University, where he now in his Senior year. The university issued the following announcement of his achievement:
"The Class of 1939 Princeton Scholar Award, which is awarded each year to the undergraduate who, at the end of junior year, has achieved the highest academic standing for all preceding college work at the University, is shared by Nicholas Johnson and Grace Sommers.
"Johnson, of Outremont, Quebec, is a graduate of Selwyn House School and attended Marianopolis College, both in Westmount, Quebec. He is an operations research and financial engineering concentrator and is pursuing certificates in statistics and machine learning, applied and computational mathematics, and applications of computing.
"Johnson is a member of Whitman College, where he is a residential college adviser. He serves as a writing fellow at Princeton’s Writing Center, editor of Tortoise: A Journal of Writing Pedagogy and president of Princeton’s chapter of Tau Beta Pi. He is a member of the Princeton chapter of Engineers Without Borders and served as its co-president in 2018.
"This past summer, Johnson worked as a software engineer in machine learning at Google’s California headquarters. He previously interned at Oxford University’s Integrative Computational Biology and Machine Learning Group, developing and implementing a novel optimization technique under the supervision of Aleksandr Sahakyan, principal investigator and group head. He presented the project at Princeton’s inaugural Day of Optimization in October 2018 and at the 25th Conference of African American Researchers in the Mathematical Sciences in June 2019, where his project was recognized with the Angela E. Grant Poster Award for Best Modeling.
"Johnson has interned at Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms, and he participated in Whitman’s exchange program with Morningside College at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in March 2017.
“We are proud of these exemplary scholars and pleased to celebrate their academic success,” said Dean of the College Jill Dolan. “These students have achieved quite a lot academically while also contributing broadly to the Princeton community. They set a vital example for their peers across campus, not just with their abundance of extra courses and numerous A+ grades, but by the range of their intellectual and co-curricular interests. My colleagues and I are pleased with their accomplishments and proud of their commitments.”
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