THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY


                Mrs. Jacqueline A. Holmgren, Program Manager

                ***********DEADLINE IS 15 OCTOBER*************

The Director's Summer Program is the National Security Agency's premier
outreach to the nation's most outstanding undergraduate mathematics
majors. Each summer we invite two dozen exceptional students to
collaborate with each other and with NSA mathematicians on  problems
critical to the intelligence gathering and information assurance
missions of the agency. Admission to the 12-week program is highly
competitive. Applicants should have a demonstrated superior
mathematical aptitude. A full year of abstract algebra and analysis
are recommended. Some computer experience is desirable, particularly
with C or C++ and mathematical software packages.

The goals of the Director's Summer Program are to:

        * introduce the future leaders of the U.S. mathematics
        community to the Agency's mission and share with them the
        excitement of working on mathematics problems of national

        * provide a deep understanding of the vital role that
        mathematics plays in enabling the Agency to tackle a diverse
        set of technical challenges;

        * encourage bright undergraduate mathematics majors to continue
        their study of mathematics and pursue careers in the
        mathematical sciences; and, of course, to

        * solve current operational problems.

DSP participants work on a wide range of problems in mathematics,
cryptology, and communications technology. These problems often involve
applications of abstract algebra, geometry, number theory, probability,
statistics, combinatorics, graph theory, algorithms, computer science,
and analysis. Introductory lectures on modern cryptologic mathematics
will be given at the beginning of the summer; at the same time,
approximately ten current problems will be presented. Each student will
choose one or two as the focus for his or her research. Students are
expected to document their work in technical papers which are internally
published at the agency.

Information about the Director's Summer Program is sent to over 300
colleges and universities each year. Because of the lengthy security
processing required, the deadline for applications is 15 October each
year. To apply, a student should send a resume, at least two letters of
recommendation from faculty members familiar with their technical work,
and current transcripts. A list of courses which will have been
completed  by the end of the academic year should also be included.
**Students must be U.S. citizens.**  All information should be sent to:

Department of Defense
National Security Agency
9800 Savage Road
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6515
Attn:  R1 (DSP), Suite 6515.

DSP, located at Fort Meade, Maryland, runs from end of May through
middle of August. Students are paid a salary commensurate with their
education level. Responsibility for housing finances rest with the
student. Students who attend out-of-state schools are eligible for
round trip airline ticket to and from school or mileage reimbursement
up to cost of government issued airline ticket.

The Director's Summer Program is an extremely rewarding summer
experience! For additional information, call Mrs. Jacquie Holmgren,
Program Manager at (301) 688-0983 or send e-mail to For more information about career
opportunities at the NSA visit

Director's Summer Program


Jacquie Holmgren
DSP Program Manager
(301) 688-0983 work
(301) 688-0689 fax