Rick Sommer

SPCS Executive Director

Ph.D. in Mathematics, UC Berkeley


Rick Sommer is the Executive Director for Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies which hosts the Stanford Math Circle. After receiving his Ph.D. in mathematics from UC Berkeley, Rick came to Stanford as an Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department.  With a developing interest in pre-college programs, he helped launch the Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) in 1995, and around the same time, he became involved in Stanford's Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY).  Rick has enthusiastically pursued these interests ever since, and after starting the Summer Institutes and serving as its Director since 2001, he now serves as Executive Director of Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies.