LLCipher - A STEM Summer Enrichment Program

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What is the LLCipher program?

The Lincoln Laboratory Cipher program is a summer workshop providing an introduction to theoretical cryptography. This summer STEM program is a FREE one-week enrichment class for 15-20 high-school students who are interested in mathematics or cyber security. In 2016, the workshop will be held August 1–5. Class will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

What will participants do?

Students will learn how to build a secure encryption scheme and digital signature. Time permitting, they will also study some more recent developments in cryptography, like homomorphic encryption and multi-party computation, both of which enable computation over secret data without revealing the data. The class has no official pre-requisites, although we will cover some abstract algebra, number theory, and complexity theory, upon which much of theoretical cryptography is built.

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Instruction is provided at MIT's Beaver Works facility at 300 Technology Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The course is taught by MIT Lincoln Laboratory technical staff.

What is the cost?

Free. Students will provide their own transportation to and from the MIT main campus at the beginning and end of each class. Lunch will be provided on the last day of class.

This program is open to:

  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents
  • High-school students interested in mathematics or cyber security

Application dates for 2016 Workshop:

  • Student application postmarked by June 3
  • Official high school transcript postmarked by June 10
  • One teacher recommendation form (from math or science teacher) mailed by teacher or student, postmarked by June 10
  • OPTIONAL: Copy of standardized test score (PSAT, SAT I, SAT II) by June 10

Important dates for 2016 class:

June 3, 2016 Application deadline.
June 10, 2016 Supporting material (transcript and teacher recommendations, and if desired, test scores) mailed to MIT Lincoln Laboratory, postmarked by July 1.
Mid-July, 2016 Admission decisions sent via e-mail.
August 1, 2016 First day of program. 10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
August 5, 2016 Last day of program. 10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.


Items can be mailed to:

MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Communications and Community Outreach Office
Room S3-106D
244 Wood Street
Lexington, MA 02421

or scanned and e-mailed to:


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