National Security Agency Director’s Summer Program (DSP)

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. For the most part, programming is done in C in a Linux environment. Computational algebra packages, including Mathematica, MATLAB, Magma and MAPLE are available, in addition to a variety of statistics packages.

Host Institution(s)

National Security Agency (USA)

Citizenship Requirements

U.S. citizenship


Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance. Must be a college student majoring in mathematics. Other majors with either a minor in math or a strong math curriculum may apply. See website for details.

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