Sam Vandervelde sets the stage for students and faculty to engage actively and creatively with mathematics.
Sam received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 2004, following a five-year stint teaching and coaching sports at the Roxbury Latin School, a private boys school in the Boston area.
Sam also taught at Phillips Academy Andover and at Wellesley College before joining the faculty at St. Lawrence University in 2007. Prior to Proof School’s opening, Sam served as a tenured professor and math department chair at St. Lawrence. Sam’s mathematical interests encompass number theory, graph theory, combinatorics, and Euclidean geometry.
While at St. Lawrence Sam wrote a textbook, Bridge to Higher Mathematics, and organized the Festival of Science, an annual college-wide event showcasing student research. He also received the Alder Award, a national teaching award given by the Mathematical Association of America. He has conducted numerous research projects with his college students and also ran a math club at the local middle school.
Prior to arriving at St. Lawrence, Dr. Vandervelde participated in a number of math circles in the San Francisco Bay Area, forming and directing the Stanford Math Circle for two years. He has been involved with MathPath, a month-long residential summer program for middle schoolers, for 10 years and is currently a member of their board. He authors and oversees all aspects of the Mandelbrot Competition, a national high school math contest.
In addition, Sam regularly contributes problems to and helps write the USA Math Olympiad. As a high school student Sam won ARML and was also a member of the United States IMO team his senior year. He loves teaching math kids.
Ph.D., University of Chicago
B.A., Swarthmore College