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Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes provide high school students with a unique residential academic experience where students who share talents and interests live and learn together on the Stanford campus.  The Summer Institutes invite students from around the world to discover, study, and explore in small classes with instructors who are passionate about teaching and experts in their fields. The program emphasizes building skills along with acquiring knowledge, and is designed to create environments that foster creativity and collaboration where students learn from each other as well as from their instructors.


The Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes began as a part of the Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) in 2001.  Originally the Summer Institute in Math and Physics, with just 40 students in a single residence, the program now accommodates 1200 participants and uses 16 residences on the Stanford campus.  Over the years, the curriculum has expanded from the original courses in mathematics and physics, to later include courses in a wide range of subject areas representing Stanford’s strengths in diverse disciplines.  Through its growth the Summer Institutes have maintained a small-program feel where class size averages around 16 students, and a typical residence houses about 40 students.


  • Rick Sommer,  Executive Director, Stanford Pre-Collegiate StudiesAfter receiving his PhD 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.


  • Christine Parker,  Director of SPCS ProgramsBefore coming to Stanford in 2008, Christine served as Executive Director of High School Program Development at The Princeton Review, where she started as an instructor in 1994. Christine holds MAs in Education and in Slavic Languages and Literatures as well as a PhD in Education from The Ohio State University, where she taught courses in Russian, Polish, and the History of Education. Now Director of Stanford Pre-Collegiate (SPCS) Programs, Christine helped launch the Summer Humanities Institute in 2012, the Stanford Youth Orchestra in 2013, and the Summer Arts Institute in 2016.


  • Judith Ned, Director of Diversity & Outreach, SPCS ProgramsBefore joining SPCS, Judith worked in the Stanford School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine from Southern University and holds MAs in Counselor Education and Educational Leadership as well as a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Mills College.  She has created and implemented learning models of instruction for various student populations focusing on leadership development, education equity in K-12 and post-secondary science education, work force diversity, and community-based participatory research. Judith is Director of the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP) and helped launch the SPCS Science Conference and Science Circle Programs.


  • Matthias Schildwachter,  Associate Director of SPCS ProgramsAn East coast native and Boston College graduate, Matthias taught middle school history for several years while earning an MA in Education from Loyola Marymount University (LMU).  Following his time in the classroom, Matthias worked for a residential graduate teaching program at LMU that focused on supporting under-resourced schools throughout Los Angeles.  After some time spent traveling, Matthias proudly joined the Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies team to support the residential experience of SPCS Programs participants.


  • Michelle Bercow, Assistant Director of Finance & Operations, SPCS Programs –  Michelle received a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from George Washington University.  She moved from Texas to the Bay Area in 1990 to work as a CPA for a Public Accounting firm.  From there, Michelle worked at a high tech company for many years, first in the tax department and eventually transitioned into an operations role.  Before joining the Summer Institutes, Michelle had been working as a financial analyst and project manager at the Stanford Cantor Art Center. 

  • Jeanette Cook, Director of International Programs – Jeanette held management positions at several successful technology companies prior to coming to Stanford in 2006. She received a BS in Information Systems from University of San Francisco and completed the Ross Executive Program at University of Michigan. Her work experience includes leadership roles in curriculum design, partnership management, and quality assurance. At Stanford, Jeanette’s work initially focused on the EPGY online courses that were transferred to Redbird Advanced Learning in 2013. As Redbird’s Director of Strategic Programs, Jeanette worked with partners in Asia, Latin America, and Europe prior to returning to Stanford to lead Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies International Institutes.


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  • Katharine Canada, Admissions Coordinator  Katie graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Dance.  She worked in the corporate office of a fine dining restaurant company in Chicago for 7 years before moving out to California. She joined the Pre-Collegiate Institutes team in 2014.


  • Tayyiba Qureshi, International Programs Coordinator  Tayyiba graduated from the University of San Francisco in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. A California native, she lived in New York for eight years before moving back to her home state and proudly joining the Summer Institutes. Tayyiba has over 10 years of administrative experience and has previously held positions in both the School of Medicine and Stanford Law School.


  • Kelli Shackelford, Program Coordinator– Kelli graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2012 with a BS in Biology and she received her MPH from Liberty University. Before moving to California and joining the Summer Institutes team, she worked in the health care field in Charlotte, NC and Salt Lake City, UT. 


  • Daryn Moore, Program Coordinator– Daryn is a Program Coordinator for Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies and has recently relocated from the South Florida area. He is working closely with Dr. Judith Ned on the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program and Sports Business Academy. He received his bachelor's degree from Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware and is a June 2017 candidate to receive his Master's in College Student Affairs from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Daryn is enthused about the opportunity to promote educational equity and access while assisting students in the Bay Area.


  • Kristen Mann, Residential Coordinator Kristen received a B.A. in Political Science at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where she became enamored with residential education, community building, and student development within the context of higher education. She went on to receive her M.S.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and then worked as a Coordinator for Residential Education at UC Santa Cruz. She is committed to providing a quality residential experience rooted in community development, equity, and leadership and is excited to do this work with Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies.  


  • Hillary Hite, Administrative Associate – Hillary received a BA in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton in 2015. She has over four years of experience in an administrative role and nine years of experience in customer service. She joined the Pre-Collegiate Institutes team in early 2016.


  • Nicole Hines, Administrative Associate – Nicole graduated from Santa Clara University in 2015 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Economics. Nicole joined the Pre-Collegiate Institutes team in early 2016.


  • Paige Barton, Administrative Associate – Paige received a BA in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations from Brigham Young University. She moved to the bay area to pursue a position in an educational setting such as Stanford. Before joining Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies, Paige worked in a community relations position in Salt Lake City, Utah.