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  • IUP GenCyber Summer 2017 Program

    New GenCyber Logo 2017 GenCyber is a national initiative that is supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Security Agency. This program has the following objectives:

    • Increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation.
    • Help all students understand correct and safe on-line behavior.
    • Improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content for K-12 curricula.

    The Funded Grant

    Under the leadership of Waleed Farag, grant PI, and Mac Fiddner, grant co-PI, IUP, along with a selected group of national universities, has again been awarded funding to hold two summer camps in summer 2017. One camp is a combination camp, comprised of middle and high school students and teachers. The second is an advanced camp for students who have previously participated in a cybersecurity program and/or have proven deep interest and achievement in the technical aspects of cybersecurity. The prospective camps will address essential security concepts in an interesting, novel, and multidisciplinary approach to foster interest in cybersecurity among middle and high school students and teachers in western Pennsylvania.

    Project Summary

    This project will host two free (no cost to participants), five-weekday day-camps in summer 2017. Instruction will be delivered by a team of professors with numerous backgrounds but established expertise in cybersecurity teaching and research. The combined camp will provide a uniformly distributed, engaging blend of delivery that includes direct instruction, group activities, structured discovery, and hands-on, laboratory, and informal instructional techniques to both individual and combined cohorts. The advanced camp will provide more technically oriented contents. Upon completion of a camp, participants will have a strong understanding of cybersecurity in addition to mastering basic skills that help them be safer online. Teachers participating are eligible to earn Act 48 continuing education credits.  

    Combination Camp (Middle and High School Teachers and Students)

    Advanced Camp (Middle and High School Students)

    Campus Maps 

    Summer 2016: Previous Camp Information

    If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to: gen-cyber@iup.edu.

    Or, contact grant PI and co-PI below. 

    Waleed Farag, Professor of Computer Science

    Phone: 724-357-7995
    Web Page
    Fax: 724-357-2524

    Mac Fiddner, Associate Professor of Political Science

    Phone: 724-357-2290
    Fax: 724-357-3810