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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS) aims to provide opportunities to enrich the training of graduate students in the Mathematical Sciences through the provision of an NSF Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship Program. This program will provide an opportunity for mathematical sciences doctoral students to participate in internships at federal national laboratories and research facilities. Participation in an internship will provide first-hand experience of the use of mathematics in a nonacademic setting. The internships are aimed at students who are interested in understanding the application of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to "real world" problems, regardless of whether the student plans to pursue an academic or nonacademic career.

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Am I Eligible?

You must meet the following to be eligible for an internship:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time graduate student at an accredited U.S. college or university pursuing a doctoral degree in mathematics, statistics or applied mathematics.
  • Have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale at the time of application.

The NSF MSGI program encourages applications from underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans, in order to broaden and diversify those participating in mathematical sciences.

Additional Information:

  • U.S. citizenship is not required for participation in the program. However, depending on the internship assignment, U.S. citizenship, or permanent residence may be required. For non-U.S. citizens, internships are contingent upon having a valid immigration status. ORISE will work with participants to determine eligibility.
  • Candidates selected for an internship appointment will be required to provide proof of enrollment for Spring term.
  • Students graduating with a doctoral degree prior to the Spring are not eligible to participate.
  • Participants are required to have health insurance coverage during the internship period and provide proof of coverage prior to the start of the internship.

DMS seeks to have equal representation across the mathematical sciences community by achieving roughly an equal number of placements in the 3 areas of pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and statistics.

What will I be doing?

The NSF Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship (MSGI) program is aimed at students who are interested in understanding the application of advanced mathematical and statistical techniques to "real world" problems, regardless of whether you plan to pursue an academic or nonacademic career. Internship activities will vary based on the assigned project and hosting facility. As part of your application, you will identify your top 3 projects from a 2021 NSF MSGI Project Catalog currently in development. Review the 2021 catalog.

All projects are in disciplinary areas of the mathematical sciences supported by the NSF Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS). 

  • Algebra and Number Theory
  • Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Combinatorics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Foundations
  • Geometric Analysis
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Topology

Applicants are encouraged to review the information about DMS research areas at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/programs.jsp?org=DMS.

What are the benefits?

You will receive a stipend of $1,200 per week for your living expenses during the 10 week internship.

Travel reimbursement of inbound and outbound costs up to $2,000 is available for participants who live more than fifty miles, one-way, from the assigned hosting site.

Application Requirements

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted by the application deadline through the Zintellect Online Application System.

A complete application consists of:

  • Profile information 
  • Essay Questions - Goals, experience and skills relevant to the NSF MSGI program
  • Preferred project(s) - You must choose at least one, but no more than three projects from the 2021 NSF MSGI Project Catalog located at https://orise.orau.gov/nsf-msgi/project-catalog.html
  • Academic Records - Unofficial transcripts or copies of the student academic records provided by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institutional systems may be submitted. For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records showing full-time enrollment in a doctoral program may be submitted. For students in the first year of graduate school, academic transcript of the undergraduate degree including the degree and date the degree was awarded must be provided instead. Academic records must include the name, logo or other identification of the academic institution, name of the student, completed coursework, and grades. Documents must have all social security numbers, student identification numbers, and/or dates of birth removed (blanked out, blackened out, made illegible, etc.) prior to uploading into the application system.
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Two (2) Recommendations - Applicants are required to provide contact information for two recommendations in order to complete the application. You are encouraged to request a recommendation from a professional who can speak to your abilities and potential for success as well as your scientific capabilities and personal characteristics. Recommendation requests must be sent through the Zintellect application system. Recommenders will be asked to complete a recommendation in Zintellect. Letters of recommendation submitted via email will not be accepted.

Appointment Details



  • Nature of Appointment

    This program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE).

    • ORISE is a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) asset managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) through a contract between ORAU and DOE.
    • You will be considered a program participant and will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOE, or hosting facility.
  • Conditions of the Appointment

    Information on commitment, health insurance, deliverables, and policies.

    Full-time commitment: You will be expected to commit to full-time participation for the 10 week period specified in your letter of appointment, on site at the assigned hosting facility.

    Health insurance: You are required to have health insurance coverage during your appointment period and to provide proof of coverage prior to the start of your internship.

    Written report and Feedback Form: You will be required to write a final report about your internship experience and complete an online feedback form to help assess the effectiveness of the program.

    Policies/regulations of the Hosting Facility: You will be required to adhere to existing policies, regulations and procedures of your hosting facility and, upon selection for the program, to coordinate with your mentor to obtain access to the facility.

  • Citizenship/Immigration

    U.S. citizenship is not required for participation in the program.

    • U.S. citizenship is not required for participation in the program. However, depending on the internship assignment, U.S. citizenship, or permanent residents visa may be required.
    • For non-U.S. citizens, internships are contingent upon having a valid immigration status. ORISE will work with participants to determine eligibility. If you have questions or concerns regarding your citizenship/immigration status, please contact Immigration@orau.org.
    • Participants must provide suitable citizenship documentation (such as a photocopy of a U.S. passport, birth certificate, Certificate of U.S. Naturalization or Certificate of U.S. Citizenship, permanent residency, visa status) at the time appointment is accepted.
  • Appointment Dates

    Information about start and end dates for your internship.

    Upon selection for the NSF MSGI program, appointment start and end dates are determined in coordination with your mentor/hosting facility. Appointments are 10 weeks in the summer, typically between May and September. Internships may not be deferred.

  • Key Dates

    This internship is open for applications during the Fall/Winter of each year.

    2021 Application Year

    • Online Application will open November 23, 2020

      November 23, 2020

      Applicants will have the opportunity to review a Project Catalog of projects provided by hosting facilities to find a suitable match for their interests and educational discipline.

    • Application Deadline

      February 1, 2021

      * Applicants should not contact research facilities/mentors after the application deadline
      * Candidates will be instructed to contact their assigned research mentor after an internship offer is awarded by ORISE.

    • Application Review

      February 2021

    • Internship Notification

      March – April 2021

      Candidates are notified of selections and receive offer letter to accept or decline internship

    • Internship Period

      May - September 2021

      Selected candidates are appointed and begin their internship.
      * Interns must complete 10-weeks of internship
      * Candidates will collaborate with hosting facilities to ensure internship dates are appropriate for the student as well as their mentors.

Participant Experiences

  • Julia Ream

    “As a mathematician, it’s invaluable to experience how mathematics works in the variety of settings that national labs provide. This program is a great way to dip your toe into the other potential career paths that are open to us that we might not get to see otherwise.”

    —Julia Ream
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  • Ryleigh Moore
    “I think the NSF MSGI Program provides a unique glimpse into the world of researching at a national lab, and I am very thankful for that opportunity.” —Ryleigh Moore
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  • Gustavo Varela-Alvarenga
    “My internship was an excellent opportunity to collaborate with other brilliant researchers. It also took me out of my comfort zone by placing me in an area that uses a type of data that I've never worked with before. The challenge was exciting.” —Gustavo Varela-Alvarenga
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  • China Mauck

    "By far, the most important experience was simply being part of a team of scientists and engineers who were not mathematicians. It forced me to think about problems differently and ask new questions."

    —China Mauck
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  • Anthony Gruber

    “What I enjoyed most was the opportunity to learn how research is conducted in a non-academic setting. It was nice to discover that the research done at national laboratories is serious, and that there are research jobs available outside of universities…I now have both knowledge and skills that I didn’t have before, and that will help me should I decide to pursue a laboratory career.”

    —Anthony Gruber
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  • Derek Jung

    “Before this summer internship, I never had an experience in applying mathematics to the real world. My background was pure mathematics, and I thought it would be difficult to find an opportunity to apply my skills in an industry setting,” said Jung. “The experience was spectacular and unique. It was unbelievable how NSF-MSGI was able to set me up with a project and location that enabled me to contribute and feel comfortable.”

    —Derek Jung
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  • James Brunner

    "This program gave me the experience of working directly with biologists, and it taught me not only what sort of questions biologists are asking, but how they are asking them and how they expect to use mathematical tools to find answers. I would certainly recommend the experience to other young mathematicians.”

     

    —James Brunner
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  • Kasey Bray

    “My favorite part about the NSF MSGI program was the environment of collaboration and support for the advancement of colleagues’ projects and careers. There was an air of overall excitement within the group in a ‘Let’s talk about all the cool stuff we’re doing’ kind of way,” Bray said.

    —Kasey Bray
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) Mathematical Sciences Graduate Internship (MSGI) program is administered by ORAU through the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) under an agreement between NSF and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ORISE focuses on scientific initiatives including educating the next generation of scientists.

To learn more about the National Science Foundation, visit https://www.nsf.gov/about/.

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Questions? Contact Us

General Questions/Information

NSF-MSGI@orise.orau.gov

Jennifer Burnette
Project Manager

Holly Bizoe
Program Specialist

 

Immigration-related questions

Immigration@orau.org

Tamas Czeh
Immigration Specialist