
Personal bio
Rick Sommer received both his bachelors and PhD degrees in Mathematics from UC Berkeley, in 1984 and 1990, respectively. Rick's research is in mathematical logic, and his thesis advisor was Robert Solovay. Rick held a research position at MSRI in 1989  1990, and became a Gabor Szego Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Stanford in 1990. In 1995, Rick began developing online math courses and residential summer programs for Stanford's Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY). In 2012, EPGY transformed into Stanford PreCollegiate Studies (SPCS), now with the Stanford Online High School as well as over a dozen summer and yeararound precollegiate programs under its umbrella, and Rick is Executive Director of SPCS. Rick occasionally teaches Logic in the Philosophy Department (Phil 151 and 152) and Set Theory in the Math Department (Math 161). Also, Rick has been directing and instructing the Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) since 1995. Currently teaching 