IUP GenCyber 2021

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  • IUP GenCyber Summer 2021 Program

    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 online behavior.
    • Improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content for K-12 curricula.
  • Previous Camps Information

    The Funded Grant

    Under the leadership of professor Waleed Farag, IUP, along with a handful of national universities, has been awarded funding to run the GenCyber program in the summer of 2021 for the sixth year in a row. This year, the camp is open to middle and high school students and teachers. It will address essential security concepts with an interesting, novel approach to strengthen interest in cybersecurity among middle and high school students and teachers in Pennsylvania and beyond.

    Project Summary

    This project will host one free (no cost to participants), five-day virtual camp in summer 2021. Instruction will be delivered by a team of professors and instructors with varied backgrounds who have established expertise in cybersecurity teaching and research. The camp will be offered online this summer due to the pandemic. The camp will provide engaging instruction, group activities, structured discovery, hands-on laboratory experiences, and informal instruction to both individual and combined groups of participants. Upon completion of the camp, participants will have a strong understanding of cybersecurity in addition to mastering basic skills that can help them be safer online.

    Combination Camp (Middle and High School Students and Teachers)

    • Participation advantages
    • Our online camp this year will be held on August 2–6, 2021
    • Students must be in grade 7 or higher in fall 2021 to be eligible to apply
    • K-12 teachers from different disciplines may apply, but preference will be given to STEM related areas and those who teach middle and high school students
    • Camp daily schedule will be from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in addition to at least one day of follow-up activities during a weekend in fall 2021
    • Camp flyer for students
    • Student online application is now closed
    • Camp flyer for teachers
    • Teacher online application is now closed.
    • Selected campers were notified in late May or early June. 
    • Selected campers must confirm participation and commit to attend the entire camp and its follow-up activities
    • Camp brochure 
    • Camp detailed schedule (NEW!)
    • Camp curriculum 

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

    Or, contact the grant principal investigator: 

    • Waleed Farag
      Director, IUP Institute for Cybersecurity and Professor of Computer Science
    • Phone: 724-357-2608 
    • Fax: 724-357-7908