IUP GenCyber 2020

  • IUP GenCyber Summer 2020 Program

    GenCyber logo 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 select group of national universities, has been awarded funding to run the GenCyber program in the summer of 2020. (See the notice below regarding the impact of COVID-19 on our original plan.) Farag is the principal investigator for the grant, which has been awarded to IUP for five years in a row.

    This year, the camp is open to middle and high school students. It will address essential security concepts with an interesting, novel approach to strengthen interest in cybersecurity among middle and high school students in western Pennsylvania.

    Project Summary

    This project will host one free (no cost to participants), five-day online camp in winter 2020–21. Instruction will be delivered by a team of professors with varied backgrounds who have established expertise in cybersecurity teaching and research.

    The camp will provide engaging instruction, group activities, structured discovery, hands-on laboratory experiences, and informal instruction to both individual and combined groups of students. 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.

    Student Camp (Middle and High School Students)

    • Participation advantages for students
    • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all GenCyber camps nationwide will not be held in summer 2020 and will be moved to later dates.
    • Our online camp this year will be held on February 6, 7, 13, 14, and 20. These are three Saturdays and two Sundays.
    • Application deadline was on November 30, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.
      • Applications are now closed, and accepted applicants were notified by email on December 7, 2020.
      • Due to the large number of applications, we unfortunately could not accept all applicants. Candidates’ selection was based on academic performance and recommendations.
      • All accepted applicants MUST confirm participation and sign the camp policies and expectations form.
      • Detailed information on how to access the camp will be communicated with all confirmed participants in January 2021.
      • All non-selected applicants were notified and placed in an ordered waiting list. If a selected camper drops for any reasons, the student at the top of the waiting list will be contacted.
      • Students must be in grade 7 or higher in fall 2020 to be eligible.
    • Camp Flyer
    • Camp Brochure
    • Coming soon:
      • Camp Detailed Schedule
      • 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