THE DIRECTOR'S SUMMER PROGRAM

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THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY

CRYPTOLOGIC MATHEMATICS FOR EXCEPTIONAL UNDERGRADUATE

MATHEMATICIANS

Mrs. Jacqueline A. Holmgren, Program Manager

math@nsa.gov

***********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

importance;

* 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

math@nsa.gov. For more information about career

opportunities at the NSA visit www.nsa.gov.

Director's Summer Program

www.nsa.gov/careers/students_1.cfm

Thanks,

Jacquie Holmgren

DSP Program Manager

(301) 688-0983 work

(301) 688-0689 fax