Prize Recipient

Aaron Sampson

Aaron Sampson


Background:

My name is Aaron Sampson and I was born in Norman, Oklahoma and lived there until I was eight. I am a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and my family also has ties to the Chickasaw tribe. In 1996, I moved to Wisconsin, where I have lived ever since. I have always loved science; when I was much younger I wanted to become a paleontologist, and later, an astronomer. I eventually settled on physics after reading about it and taking classes on the subject throughout high school. Even though I am interested in numerous fields, I feel that physics is the most fundamental, and the one I truly want to learn about. I have studied Tae-Kwon-Do for eight years and have now earned the rank of first dan black belt. In June of 2006 I graduated from high school. For the 2006-2007 school year I will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Im looking forward to studying physics at MIT and eventually working in the field and trying to contribute to the advancement of the science.