CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service at KU


The University of Kansas will host an NSF/NSA GenCyber Summer Camp for Teachers July 29th - August 2nd, 2019. The camp curriculum is tailored towards more advanced teachers.

The vision of the GenCyber program is to be part of the solution to the Nation’s shortfall of skilled cybersecurity professionals. Ensuring that enough young people are inspired to direct their talents in this area is critical to the future of our country’s national and economic security as we become even more reliant on cyber-based technology in every aspect of our daily lives. The GenCyber program supports the growth of the next generation of cybersecurity experts for the nation. It is expected to:
  • 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.

First Principles of Cybersecurity

The first principles of security are the foundation upon which security mechanisms are reliably built; and security policies can be reliably implemented. A solid understanding of the first principles of security is critical in cyber-security. We have developed a 5-day curriculum that covers the fundamental concepts and key aspects of cybersecurity, with a special emphasis on first principles of security. Education and practicum activities are organized into 9 lectures, 10 labs, and 2 discussion sessions. We will alternate between lecture and lab sessions through the day so that participants will get hands-on experiences right after obtaining theoretical knowledge. 

Cyber Defense Competition

We have observed rapid growth of the Cyber Patriot National Youth Cyber Security Competition in the region. We will include cyber defense training, which is intended to give the attendees information that can be taken back to their respective schools to implement a cyber security organization, and help train students how to compete in Cyber Patriot Competitions.

Eligibility and Logistics

All program participants must reside in the United States and be a K-12 teacher at a school in the United States. Registrations are first come first serve and registration will be closed once camp meets capacity. Each participant will receive a lump sum stipend to offset expenses and lunch will be provided daily to participants. Local educators will receive $300, greater Kansas City teachers $600, western Kansas and surrounding states $1200, areas outside of the Midwest $1800. Please contact Noelle Uhler at nuhler@ku.edu1 with any questions regarding the stipend.


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