LLCipher

LLCipher workshop is a one-week program that introduces high school students to cryptography, an approach to securing data.

We are following MIT’s policy on K-12 Summer programming. After evaluating the current safety guidance and regulations, we are planning to return to in-person instruction for LLCipher 2022. But, if safety guidance and regulation surrounding COVID-19 change and it is no longer safe for us to proceed with in-person programming, we will return to the virtual format.

Thank you for your continued interest in Lincoln Laboratory’s STEM programs

Students in LLCipher attend lectures in abstract algebra and number theory to understand cryptography-based concepts.
Students in LLCipher attend lectures in abstract algebra and number theory to understand cryptography-based concepts.
The application portal for LLCipher is now open!

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 high-school students who are interested in mathematics or cyber security. In 2022, the workshop will be held August 1-5.

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.

Where is it held?

We plan to return to in-person instruction for LLCipher 2022.  The course is taught by MIT Lincoln Laboratory technical staff at the MIT Beaver Works location.  But if safety guidance and regulation surrounding COVID-19 change and it is no longer safe for us to proceed with in-person programming, we will return to the virtual format.

What is the cost?

Cost to participate in LLCipher is free.

Persons from underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders, women, persons with disabilities, and persons from disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

This program is open to:

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

Apply online to LLCipher

Apply Online by April 29 - 10:00 PM EST:

  • To complete your online application, you must upload your supporting materials (transcripts and teacher recommendation).
  • Your recommender (math teacher) will receive an invitation to fill out the recommendation form.

Important dates for 2021 class: 

April 29, 2022 Application deadline.
April 29, 2022 Teacher recommendation deadline
Mid-June 2022 Admission decisions sent via e-mail.
August 1, 2022 First day of program.
August 5, 2022 Last day of program.

 


Questions?

Contact [email protected] and refer to the LLCipher program