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Thor Solvason

1975

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Bio

I am a High School Student studying at a magnet school, and I have huge dreams, and I plan to do something to change the world someday. I am taking advanced classes and am involved in many STEM-based extracurricular activities hoping to be accepted into one of the top universities, but no matter where I go I will make a difference. Some of the activities that I have worked on are having a Lead role on NASA's Human Exploration Rover Challenge, a Lead role on my school's VEX v5 Robotics Team, and (unofficial) Student Body Officer role of Secretary. I am a part of my school's Leadership Program and do everything that I can to help with all of the planning, setting up, running, and tearing down events throughout the school. I have taken many College level classes; between AP and Dual Credit my Weighted GPA is 5.173, and I am continuing to take more advanced classes senior year. "Why Not Change The World" -RPI

Education

Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology

High School
2018 - 2022

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

    Doctoral degree program (PhD, MD, JD, etc.)

  • Majors of interest:

    • Physics
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    • Electrical, Electronics, and Communications Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Mechatronics, Robotics, and Automation Engineering
    • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Physics

    • Dream career goals:

      Professor/Researcher

      Sports

      Lacrosse

      Club
      2013 – 20185 years

      Awards

      • My Team won a championship and got 2nd place multiple times

      Arts

      • Academy of Arts, Careers, and Technology

        Metalwork
        Sheet Metal Roses, Key Ring Holder, Toolbox
        2018 – 2019

      Public services

      • Volunteering

        Stem & Buds NV — I was a Mentor (I was helping to teach and help the middle schoolers as they work on a science or engineering project
        2021 – 2021
      • Volunteering

        Grace Church — Babysitter
        2016 – Present

      Future Interests

      Advocacy

      Volunteering

      Philanthropy

      Entrepreneurship

      Learner Calculus Scholarship
      To me, Math and Physics are very similar. I have not yet decided quite what I want to study, however, I do know that right now, I love Physics. I also love engineering, but at least for now, I am leaning towards physics. I love learning how the world works, and over the past two years, I have loved learning how to (approximately) predict the behavior of simple objects and systems. And none of this would be possible without math. This love started in freshman year when I read Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. It was a fascinating book and it covered some of the biggest concepts in physics in such an appealing way. And since then, I have had a strong desire to learn, and more recently, that has become a desire to discover. If I do decide to study physics, I want to pursue and receive a Ph.D., and I hope to one day have a job at a top university, where I can work with some of the most esteemed scientists in the world, spending my time debating various ideas and concepts. I know that it is not technically technology, but I want to “create” information. Yes, I know that information cannot be created or destroyed, but it can be discovered, and when it is discovered, it needs to be deciphered. There’s a saying that Math is the language of the universe, but I would disagree; Math is the cipher of the universe, without math, we cannot even begin to comprehend anything about our universe. I am currently reading Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series, and I found a particular page in the first book inspiring. Simplified, it was an esteemed politician talking to a group of scientists who devoted their lives to creating an encyclopedia of all knowledge (50,000 years in the future). He says, “you have invariably relied on authority or the past--never on yourselves… a conditioned reflex that shunts aside the independence of your mind whenever it is a question of facing authority. There seems no doubt in your mind that the Emperor is more powerful than you are, or Hari Seldon wiser. And that's wrong, don't you see?” I found this speech incredibly inspiring, even though past physicists have discovered so many things, we have to keep moving forward, there is so much that we do not know, and we can’t be afraid to contradict the great minds in the past. It is a difficult mental barrier to overcome, but is also very doable. This is my future—I have been accepted into the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Dual Degree BS/MS program, and through it, I will revolutionize the way we think, make discoveries, and share them in a captivating way with the world, inspiring others to do the same.
      Learner.com Algebra Scholarship
      To me, Math and Physics are very similar. I have not yet decided quite what I want to study, however, I do know that right now, I love Physics. I also love engineering, but at least for now, I am leaning towards physics. I love learning how the world works, and over the past two years, I have loved learning how to (approximately) predict the behavior of simple objects and systems. And none of this would be possible without math. This love started in freshman year when I read Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. It was a fascinating book and it covered some of the biggest concepts in physics in such an appealing way. And since then, I have had a strong desire to learn, and more recently, that has become a desire to discover. If I do decide to study physics, I want to pursue and receive a Ph.D., and I hope to one day have a job at a top university, where I can work with some of the most esteemed scientists in the world, spending my time debating various ideas and concepts. I know that it is not technically technology, but I want to “create” information. Yes, I know that information cannot be created or destroyed, but it can be discovered, and when it is discovered, it needs to be deciphered. There’s a saying that Math is the language of the universe, but I would disagree; Math is the cipher of the universe, without math, we cannot even begin to comprehend anything about our universe. I am currently reading Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series, and I found a particular page in the first book inspiring. Simplified, it was an esteemed politician talking to a group of scientists who devoted their lives to creating an encyclopedia of all knowledge (50,000 years in the future). He says, “you have invariably relied on authority or the past--never on yourselves… a conditioned reflex that shunts aside the independence of your mind whenever it is a question of facing authority. There seems no doubt in your mind that the Emperor is more powerful than you are, or Hari Seldon wiser. And that's wrong, don't you see?” I found this speech incredibly inspiring, even though past physicists have discovered so many things, we have to keep moving forward, there is so much that we do not know, and we can’t be afraid to contradict the great minds in the past. It is a difficult mental barrier to overcome, but is also very doable. This is my future—I have been accepted into the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Dual Degree BS/MS program, and through it, I will revolutionize the way we think, make discoveries, and share them in a captivating way with the world, inspiring others to do the same.
      Anthony Jordan Clark Memorial Scholarship
      I have been accepted to the Rochester Institute of Technology, I haven’t definitively decided that it is where I want to go, but if I can afford it then that would be my dream. I also have not yet decided quite what I want to study, however I do know that right now, I love Physics. I also love engineering, but at least for now, I am leaning towards physics. I love learning how the world works, and over the past two years, I have loved learning how to (approximately) predict the behavior of simple objects and systems. This love started in freshman year when I read Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. It was a fascinating book and it covered some of the biggest concepts in physics in such an appealing way. And since then, I have had a strong desire to learn, and more recently, that has become a desire to discover. If I do decide to study physics, I want to pursue and receive a PhD, and I hope to one day have a job at a top university, where I can work with some of the most esteemed scientists in the world, spending my time debating various ideas and concepts. I know that it is not technically technology, but I want to “create” information. Yes, I know that information cannot be created or destroyed, but it can be discovered, and when it is discovered it needs to be deciphered. I want to be able to decipher this universe, and I want to be able to share it with the world. I am currently reading Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series, and I found a particular page in the first book inspiring. Simplified, it was an esteemed politician talking to a group of scientists who devoted their lives to creating an encyclopedia of all knowledge (50,000 years in the future). He says, “you have invariably relied on authority or the past--never on yourselves… a conditioned reflex that shunts aside the independence of your mind whenever it is a question of facing authority. There seems no doubt in your mind that the Emperor is more powerful than you are, or Hari Seldon wiser. And that's wrong, don't you see?” I found this speech incredibly inspiring, even though past physicists have discovered so many things, we have to keep moving forward, there is so much that we do not know, and we can’t be afraid to contradict the great minds in the past. It is a difficult mental barrier to overcome, but is also very doable. This is my future—I have been accepted into the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Dual Degree BS/MS program, and through it, I will revolutionize the way we think, make discoveries, and share them in a captivating way with the world, inspiring others to do the same.
      Bold Success Scholarship
      I have been accepted to the Rochester Institute of Technology. I will probably go there, but I have not yet decided quite what I want to study. I love learning how the world works, and over the past two years in Physics, I have loved learning how to (approximately) predict the behavior of simple objects and systems. I have a strong desire to learn, and more recently, that has become a desire to discover. I want to pursue and receive a Ph.D., and I hope to one day have a job at a top university, where I can work with some of the most esteemed scientists in the world, spending my time debating various ideas and concepts. I am currently reading Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series, and I found a particular page in the first book inspiring. He says, “you have invariably relied on authority or the past--never on yourselves… a conditioned reflex that shunts aside the independence of your mind whenever it is a question of facing authority. There seems no doubt in your mind that the Emperor is more powerful than you are, or Hari Seldon wiser. And that's wrong, don't you see?” I found this speech incredibly inspiring. Even though past physicists have discovered so many things, we have to keep moving forward, there is so much that we do not know, and we can’t be afraid to contradict the great minds in the past. It is a difficult mental barrier to overcome, but is also very doable. This is my future—I have been accepted into the Rochester Institute of Technology’s Dual Degree BS/MS program, and through it, I will revolutionize the way we think, make discoveries, and share them in a captivating way with the world, inspiring others to do the same.
      Bold Make Your Mark Scholarship
      I'm not sure what I want to study, but right now, I love Physics and I love learning how the world works. This started in freshman year when I read Stephen Hawking’s "A Brief History of Time". It was a fascinating book and it covered some of the biggest concepts in physics in such an appealing way. And since then, I have had a strong desire to learn, and more recently, that has become a desire to discover. I want to receive a Ph.D., and I hope to one day have a job at a university, spending my time debating various ideas and concepts with some of the brightest minds. I am currently reading Isaac Asimov’s "Foundation" Series, and I found a particular page inspiring. Simplified, it was an esteemed politician talking to a group of scientists who devoted their lives to creating an encyclopedia of all knowledge (50,000 years in the future). He says, “you have invariably relied on authority or the past--never on yourselves… a conditioned reflex that shunts aside the independence of your mind whenever it is a question of facing authority. There seems no doubt in your mind that the Emperor is more powerful than you are, or Hari Seldon wiser. And that's wrong, don't you see?” Even though past physicists have discovered so many things, we have to keep moving forward, there is so much that we do not know, and we can't be afraid to contradict the great minds in the past. It is a difficult mental barrier, and I know that being a researcher, I will have to work on my writing skills, but with some practice, I hope to revolutionize the way we think, make discoveries, and share them in a captivating way with the world, inspiring others to do the same.
      Bold Great Books Scholarship
      I have a recent love for Physics. In my freshman year of high school, I read Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” and was deeply intrigued by its humor and fascinating concepts. I have always loved STEM in general, but this book truly sparked my love for physics and the inner workings of the universe. Throughout high school, I have been involved in various programs like NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge and taken as many advanced science classes as possible. Recently I have gotten into stargazing and astronomy, and I love to look up at the billions of stars in the night sky, and just wonder. I am currently reading Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series, and a particular quote stood out to me, “You have invariably relied on authority or the past--never on yourselves… a conditioned reflex that shunts aside the independence of your mind whenever it is a question of facing authority. There seems no doubt in your mind that the Emperor is more powerful than you are, or Hari Seldon wiser. And that's wrong, don't you see?” I found this speech incredibly inspiring, even though past physicists have discovered so many things, we have to keep moving forward, there is so much that we do not know, and we can't be afraid to contradict the great mounds in the past. It is a difficult mental barrier to overcome but is also very doable.
      Bold Great Minds Scholarship
      I have a recent love for Physics. In my freshman year of high school, I read Stephen Hawking’s “A Brief History of Time” and was deeply intrigued by its humor and fascinating concepts. I have always loved STEM in general, but this book truly sparked my love for physics and the inner workings of the universe. Throughout high school, I have been involved in various programs like NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge and taken as many advanced science classes as possible. Recently I have gotten into stargazing and astronomy, and I love to look up at the billions of stars in the night sky, and just wonder. I am currently reading Isaac Asimov’s “Foundation” series, and a particular quote stood out to me, “You have invariably relied on authority or the past--never on yourselves… a conditioned reflex that shunts aside the independence of your mind whenever it is a question of facing authority. There seems no doubt in your mind that the Emperor is more powerful than you are, or Hari Seldon wiser. And that's wrong, don't you see?” I found this speech incredibly inspiring, even though past physicists have discovered so many things, we have to keep moving forward, there is so much that we do not know, and we can't be afraid to contradict the great mounds in the past. It is a difficult mental barrier to overcome but is also very doable.
      Next Young Leaders Program Scholarship
      In my freshman year, I joined my school’s team for NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC). HERC is one of NASA’s Artemis Student Challenges where about one hundred international high schools and Colleges build a rover that they have designed to traverse Martian terrain. NASA then sets up a course with this simulated terrain where we all compete by going through the course, completing tasks that include collecting samples and collecting data. COVID-19 created many difficulties during my sophomore and junior years, but I made sure to stay motivated and become much more involved in the project. Now, as a Senior, I am the lead coordinator of our Rover team. I am in charge of running meetings, co-writing reports, and managing the various groups in our team. This year I will be on the travel team in Huntsville, Alabama, and I will have the opportunity to make connections and truly feel like I am a major part of something that is so much bigger than myself. This project extends so far out of my community in Reno, and it has opened my eyes; working with my team, I have learned to trust in others, and I know I do not need to control every little detail. I know that I want to make a significant impact on the world, but I also know that I cannot do it alone, but when working with others, especially when they come from all around the world, we truly can make a difference. The time I have spent working on this project throughout high school has inspired me to pursue a further education, studying science and engineering. I have the dedication and the will to develop myself in this field and I want to learn at a more advanced level. This project has also shown me how it feels to ignite that spark of interest in others. I love STEM, I have for a while, and it feels good to engage with younger students and see them start to gain that same love. Part of my job as coordinator is to do some form of community engagement for HERC, which has inspired me to go out on my own, unrelated to HERC or AACT, and help tutor kids, through both an outside program called STEM & Buds, and at my old elementary school. I have developed strong bonds with my peers and many connections with professional organizations, and I am incredibly grateful to be a part of this project. It has inspired me to be better and work harder, and I wish that this is something that everyone could experience at least once in their lifetimes. There is a surreal feeling that comes from working and competing with people who are quite literally from all around the world. I have big plans for College; I am applying to many top schools like MIT, RIT, RPI, and UNR because I believe that each of these schools has something to offer me, and I have something to offer them.