Cybersecurity Programs

Cybersecurity Programs

Rowan's Innovative Summer Cyber (RISC)

Student Camp and Teacher Workshop 

Inspiring the Next Generation of Cyber Stars

 
   
 
 
As part of the national GenCyber program, the Department of Computer Science at Rowan University is hosting two non-residential cybersecurity summer programs: the RISC Camp for High School Students and the RISC Workshop for High School Teachers. These programs are generously funded by the National Science Foundation and supported by the National Security Agency.  RISC will be led by Dr. Vahid Heydari, Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research at Rowan University.  
 
Each is a five-day program that provides an introduction to the fundamentals of cybersecurity and Internet of Things (IoT) through a combination of instructions and hands-on activities. No experience in cybersecurity or computer programming is needed to apply. Both programs are FREE to accepted applicants. Note, these programs are subject to the availability of funds.
 
Program participants will receive:
  • Training in the area of Computing, Cybersecurity, and IoT
  • Classroom resources
  • Participants of the RISC Workshop for High School Teachers will receive $400 stipend and 40 hours of professional development (attendance required for all five days)
  • Participants of the RISC Camp for High School Students will receive $30 per day for transportation costs
  • Breakfast and lunch included
We welcome applicants from all backgrounds that live within a daily commuting distance to Rowan University’s Glassboro campus.
 

RISC Camp for High School Students

July 8-12, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Eligible Applicants:
High school students entering grades 9 through 12 in September 2019.  No experience needed!
 

RISC Workshop for High School Teachers

July 15-19, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Eligible Applicants:
High school teachers (STEM preferred) with the desire to incorporate the Computing, Cybersecurity, and IoT topics into curriculum. 
 
 
*Application deadline has been extended to June 1, 2019.
Both programs are FREE to accepted applicants. Note, limited space is available. The selection committee will notify applicants of a decision on a rolling basis from May 1 - June 15.
 
Program Location
Rowan University
James Hall
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028

Dr. Heydari’s Biography
Vahid Heydari received a M.S. degree in Cybersecurity and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer
Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of
Computer Science and the Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research at Rowan
University. He is the primary lead on all curricular and research activities related to cybersecurity in
the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Heydari established experimental teaching and research
labs for hands-on activities related to cybersecurity. He is currently working on securing for the CS
Department the designation of National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD)
from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

About the GenCyber Program
The goals of the GenCyber program are 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 and how they can be good digital citizens, and improve teaching methods for delivery of cybersecurity content in K-12 curricula. Learn more about the national GenCyber Program here.

Questions? Please email Brigid Milone at milone@rowan.edu or call 856-256-4827 or email Dr.
Heydari at heydari@rowan.edu.