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What we're all about

We help thoughtful students solve hard problems.

We believe that exceptional high school students can do groundbreaking work, if given the opportunity. So, we provide support and funding for thoughtful students to grapple with hard problems. We’re building a community that aims to understand the world and bring it to the edge of what's possible.
Our Team

Cofounders

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Ashley Lin

Ashley Lin founded a nonprofit that brought online cultural exchange to >1,000 students in 35+ countries and wrote a book on community building.

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Sydney Von Arx

Sydney Von Arx founded a coding bootcamp for kids and set up a summer program that teaches high school students quantitative reasoning.

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Jonas Vollmer

Jonas Vollmer oversaw over $20 million in grants to high-impact projects. He previously co-founded and led an AI risk research non-profit with 20 full-time staff.

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Atlas Summer Program

Instructors

Instructors will teach at multiple sessions, but not every instructor will attend all sessions.

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Eli Tyre

Eli is a former instructor and curriculum developer for the Center For Applied Rationality, a non-profit that develops and teaches epistemic skills for reasoning about the world and improving one’s life.  

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Chana Messinger

Chana Messinger is a longtime teacher, speaker and writer. She taught math for 9 years, and has been giving workshops and coaching for learning how to think better for the last year.

She has blogged about and helped edit a book about rationality.

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John Salvatier

John Salvatier trained as a chemical engineer and worked as a programmer. He built a popular Bayesian stats library, and has written about the surprising detailedness of reality.

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Ross Rheingans-Yoo

Ross Rheingans-Yoo works at the FTX Foundation with a focus on ways of preventing catastrophic pandemics. He previously spent 5 years as a trader and educator at Jane Street, and conducts independent economic research on market design, matching, mechanisms, and networks. Ross blogs infrequently about a variety of topics at Icosian Reflections.

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Andrew Masley

In addition to being a physics teacher, Andrew is a community builder for the Center for Effective Altruism in Washington, DC.

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Thomas Kwa

Thomas Kwa is an undergraduate at Caltech studying computer science. He interned at a quant trading firm in 2021, and is spending this summer 2022 studying AI alignment.

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Ricki Heicklen

Ricki Heicklen is a freelance teacher, techie, and data scientist. She previously worked as a quantitative trader at Jane Street Capital, researching US equities markets and auction structures. She enjoys thinking about optimization, ethics, and collaborative board games.

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Aaron Scher

Aaron is a recent graduate of Pitzer College where he studied psychology and economics. He enjoys playing tennis and chess despite not being very good! He loves talking about big problems, emotions, and hearing about other people’s passions

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Sydney Von Arx

Sydney Von Arx founded a coding bootcamp for kids and set up a summer program that teaches high school students quantitative reasoning.

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Jonas Vollmer

Jonas Vollmer oversaw over $20 million in grants to high-impact projects. He previously co-founded and led an AI risk research non-profit with 20 full-time staff.

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Ashley Lin

Ashley Lin founded a nonprofit that brought online cultural exchange to >1,000 students in 35+ countries and wrote a book on community building.

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Atlas Fellowship

Our History

The Atlas Fellowship evolved out of a program called Uncommon Sense, which had a focus similar to the Atlas summer program and proved impactful for its participants. Sydney Von Arx, one of the co-founders of Uncommon Sense, partnered with Ashley Lin and Jonas Vollmer to found the Atlas Fellowship to vastly expand the scale and scope of that program—starting the Atlas Fellowship in 2022. The Atlas Fellowship is temporarily fiscally sponsored by the Centre for Effective Altruism, a nonprofit organization, and in the process of becoming an independent public charity.