The GenCyber program is focused on educating the next generation of cybersecurity experts in the United States. This WPI project is a summer camp for high school juniors and seniors. The program also is aimed at working with K-12 teachers to help them create strong and creative lesson plans.
Grant Title: “GenCyber 2018 WPI CyberSecurity Camp
Principal Investigators: Suzanne Mello-Stark, Research Professor in Computer Science, and Craig Wills, Professor and Head, Department of Computer Science
Funding Amount: $99,429 for One Year
Award Date: April 23, 2018
Sponsor: National Security Agency (NSA)
Focused on increasing interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the U.S. cybersecurity workforce, the GenCyber Program is jointly funded by the NSA and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The program sponsors summer camps across the nation. Because of Mello-Stark’s NSA award, another summer camp will be held this year at WPI, enabling students to study computer science and cybersecurity with the hope of encouraging them to continue their education and pursue careers in this area. Mello-Stark has recruited two K-12 teachers to work with the students taking part in the summer camp. Two WPI students will work on the project, as well.