The Director's Summer Program (DSP) is a highly competitive program that seeks to reach the nation's most outstanding undergraduate mathematics majors. Each summer, we invite exceptional undergraduate students to put their problem-solving skills to the test 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. State-of-the-art computing resources are available to all students. Computational algebra packages, including Mathematica, MATLAB, Magma and MAPLE are available, in addition to a variety of statistics packages.
The DSP is a 12-week program that runs from the end of May through mid-August each year and is open to students majoring in mathematics. Computer science and Physics majors with either a minor in math or a strong math curriculum may also apply. Applicants should have demonstrated superior mathematical aptitude. One full year of abstract algebra and one full year of analysis are strongly recommended. Some computer programming experience is desirable.
The DSP is looking for students who have distinguished themselves in national mathematics or modeling competitions, or in undergraduate research. At the beginning of the summer, students are presented with introductory lectures on modern cryptologic mathematics and with descriptions of several current problems of interest. Each student chooses one or two problems as the focus of his or her research. Throughout the summer, students are expected to document their work in technical papers, which are internally published at NSA.