GenCyber is a nation-wide grant program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Security Agency (NSA). With the intent of building excitement and awareness of this important field, GenCyber provides funding to programs with introduce middle and high students and their teachers to the fields of cybersecurity.
The University of Arizona received a GenCyber grant, and with it, promoted and hosted scholarship camps for rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and their teachers. These camps involve hands-on and investigative activities to educate about the principles, risks, and applications of cybersecurity, social media, and mobile app development.
The NSA and NSF support education in cybersecurity
In 2013, the NSA and NSF jointly launched a grant program called GenCyber with the call to action: The need for more college graduates in cybersecurity is increasing. In order to facilitate growth in undergraduate programs in cybersecurity, programs and projects are needed that will help attract and recruit college bound students to the field of cybersecurity. The GenCyber program that will plan and implement innovative projects to achieve this goal.
2017 AZ GenCyber Details
Who is AZ GenCyber?
The University of Arizona's GenCyber program is directed and facilitated by the Eller College of Management's Department Management Information Systems.
What was AZ GenCyber?
A week-long day-camp for rising high school juniors, and seniors, and their teachers.
When were the AZ GenCyber camps held?
The camps were held in three different locations. The dates and locations were:
- June 26-30, 2017 at the University of Arizona, Tucson AZ
- July 10-14, 2017 at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
- July 24-28, 2017 at University of Arizona, South, Sierra Vista, AZ
What did students learn during GenCyber camp?
During camps, students explored the world of cybersecurity and learn how social media impacts the world around them. Topics students explored and conducted hands-on activities included:
- Safe and secure online
- Application security
- Threat Modeling
- Peer Teaching & Cybersecurity Storytelling
What did students get for participating?
Campers received lunch each day of the camp, instruction and mentoring from UA faculty, students and field experts. All of which was equivalent to a $750 scholarship!
What did high school teachers get for participating?
High school teachers received lunch each day of the camp, a $1,000 stipend (per camp week) and cybersecurity classroom modules that they are able to use for their high school classes.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR 2017 SUPPORTERS!