Call for Papers: Special Issue on Resources for Undergraduate Cryptology

The journal PRIMUS announces a special issue on resources for undergraduate cryptology. Stuart Boersma (Central Washington University), Chris Christensen (Northern Kentucky University), and Christian Millichap (Furman University) will guest edit the special issue.


Cryptology is an area that includes many topics and applications that are interesting and engaging for undergraduate mathematics majors. Additionally, cryptology also includes interesting and engaging topics that are accessible to non-mathematics majors. In increasing numbers, cryptology courses are being offered in mathematics departments. Sometimes these courses are being developed to support programs in mathematics, applied mathematics, and/or computer science. Sometimes these courses target non-math majors to fulfill broader interdisciplinary goals. Additionally, modules involving cryptology may be developed to complement existing mathematics courses.

This PRIMUS special issue solicits articles that will serve as resources for instructors of college-level cryptology courses.  We welcome lively and engaging articles describing successful pedagogies and course structures, successful classroom activities, opportunities for undergraduate research, exciting course content, and innovative uses of technology and internet resources.  Submissions should have practical, transferable advice to support college-level cryptology instructors and improve undergraduate teaching, student learning, and student research opportunities.

Papers for this special issue should be approximately 10 to 12 pages in length, although there is some flexibility. Supplementary materials, such as appendices and color illustrations, may be published in an online version. PRIMUS (Problems, Resources, and Issues in Mathematics Undergraduate Studies) is a leading journal for exchanging ideas about teaching collegiate mathematics.  PRIMUS appears in print and online formats. PRIMUS publishes lively and engaging articles for a readership comprised primarily of practitioners.

Submissions will be accepted until October 1, 2022.

Papers must be submitted through the online submission system at:  Papers are refereed and must meet both PRIMUS’s standards and the focus of the special issue for consideration.  Please see the main journal website at for more information about PRIMUS and Instructions for Authors.

We also extend a call for referees for the special issue, especially those who have significant experience in the teaching of undergraduate cryptology.  Please let us know if you would be willing to serve as a referee.

For more information, please contact:

Special Issue Guest Editors:
Stuart Boersma,
Chris Christensen,
Christian Millichap,

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