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Education and Outreach Programs Division

Givens Summer Associate Program

About James Wallace Givens

James Wallace Givens was born in December 14 1910 in Alberene, Virginia. He was awarded his bachelor’s degree at age 17 (in 1927) by Lynchburg College, his master’s degree from the University of Virginia, and his doctorate in mathematics from Princeton. During his studies at Princeton, he worked at the Institute for Advanced Study as assistant to Professor Oswald Veblen. His career included teaching at the University of Tennessee, Wayne State University and Northwestern University before his appointment in 1960 as senior scientist at Argonne National Laboratory. He is a well known mathematician and pioneer in the field of computer science. 

About the Program 

The Mathematics and Computer Science (MCS) Division at Argonne is developing innovative techniques in numerical computing and computational mathematics. The Givens Associate positions are intended to encourage graduate students who are beginning careers in numerical analysis or computational mathematics. Candidates must be in an accredited Ph.D. program in mathematics, applied mathematics, computer science, or a related field at a U.S. university. Givens Associates will work actively with MCS scientists designing, analyzing, and implementing numerical and visualization methods.

Application Requirements

  • Current resumé as a .pdf file emailed to graduate@​anl.​gov;
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation emailed to graduate@​anl.​gov;
  • 18 years or older at the time the appointment begins;
  • Satisfactory background check; and
  • Pass a screening drug test which Argonne pays for.

Givens Summer Associate Program

Application deadline is March 1, 2018. Program lasts 10 to 12 summer weeks and may be renewed for a second summer. To apply refer to application requirements.

Mathematics and Computer Science Division

The MCS Division has strong programs in software tools and in numerical methods for automatic differentiation, optimization, partial differential equations, and linear algebra. Internationally recognized for innovative research in high-performance computing, the MCS Division supports an excellent computational environment that includes access to a Blue Gene/P cluster, two other Linux clusters, a scientific visualization laboratory, and a distributed computing laboratory. For further information, see http://​www​.mcs​.anl​.gov/​g​r​o​u​p​/​a​p​p​l​i​e​d​-​m​a​t​h​e​m​atics.


Appointees receive an hourly wage which is determined by the hiring division and the Educational Programs Office. Travel reimbursement is determined by the hiring division in accordance with laboratory policy. All travel arrangements must be made by the hiring division in order to receive any reimbursement.


Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing.

    Please note: Use of marijuana/cannabis or its derivatives if prescribed is legal in some states in the United States and is legally used recreationally in some other countries. Having these drugs in your system is NOT legal at United States Federal Contractor sites such as Argonne National Laboratory.