Online Academic Enrichment
Real-Time Online Instruction
2021 Dates and Courses
Session One Dates
Session One Courses
Program I, 5:00–8:00pm Pacific Time
Session Two Dates
Session Two Courses
Program II, 5:00–8:00pm Pacific Time
Online Classroom Technology Requirements
Headphones & Microphone
Suitable Learning Environment
Engaging Student Life
Build Connections Around the World
Participate in Student Life Workshops
Participants have full daily schedules which incorporate the academic and social aspects of the program. Class time and student life activities are scheduled in an effort to accommodate multiple time zones. Each participant will have a unique schedule as they join our online community from their homes around the world.
In general, students can expect to have roughly 3-5 hours of academic work per weekday, in addition to the daily live class period. Outside of the scheduled class period, students are able to set their own schedule for when they work on class assignments and problem sets.
In its first year, all SUMaC students came from Northern California, mainly the San Francisco Bay Area. In year two, students joined from throughout California. By 1997, SUMaC was attracting students from out of state. The first international students joined in 1998. Over the years, SUMaC has hosted students from more than 50 countries.
Fall 1994: Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) began in Fall 1994 when Professors Rafe Mazzeo and Ralph Cohen obtained funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to develop a new program in mathematics at Stanford intended for high school students. Rick Sommer soon joined the founding team.
1995-1996: SUMaC enrolled just 12 students in 1995, and then grew to 36 students in 1996. The founding team decided to keep enrollment at SUMaC to a maximum of 40 students in order to preserve key features of the SUMaC experience.
1997: The Program II course was offered for the first time in 1997 to a group of just four students returning from the previous year. In the coming years Program II grew to include approximately 40% of the SUMaC participants each year, and the Program II topics have varied from Complex Analysis to Topology.
2020: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, SUMaC was transitioned into an online program and successfully continued the tradition of engaging students in a deep, meaningful exploration of mathematics. The online model was designed to accommodate students across two sessions, so the program was able to expand to accommodate 60 students in total—30 in each session—without diminishing the key benefits and features of the small program.
Meet some of our outstanding alumni that are doing innovative work.
- Sanjay Dastoor Founder/CEO of Boosted Boards
- Smita Saxena, Founder/CEO of Stanza
- Olga Russakovsky, Princeton University
- Loren Hough, University of Colorado, Boulder
- Henry Adams, Colorado State University
- Erik Carlsson, University of California, Davis
- Inna Zakharevich, Cornell University
- Olya Mandelshtam, Brown University
- Otis Chodosh, Stanford University
- Pak Hin Lee, Mathematics Institute at the University of Warwick
- Christopher Eur, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University
Founders & Instructional Staff
Rick Sommer, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & Program Advisor
Professor Rafe Mazzeo
Professor Ralph Cohen
Professor Simon Rubinstein-Salzedo