UMass receives $ 4.4 million NSF grant to play

AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst will continue to play a leadership role in protecting the country’s computer networks and infrastructure with a $ 4.4 million federal grant to train researchers and professionals in the cybersecurity and then place them in jobs across the federal government. The program offers generous financial support to help students launch their careers.

that of the university Institute of cybersecurity got the renewal of his CyberCorps service grant (SFS), sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). A team of cybersecurity researchers, led by the College of Information and Computer Science (CICS) Brian Levine, received the five-year grant to continue the institute’s participation in the CyberCorps program, which began in 2015. Levine’s co-investigators include Marc Liberator (CICS), as well as co-researchers Dan Holcomb and Wayne Burleson, both from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the College of Engineering.

The grant will support approximately 31 undergraduate and graduate scholars in the nationally recognized computer science and electrical and computer engineering degree programs of UMass Amherst by providing them with full tuition and fees, a stipend ranging from $ 25,000 per year for undergraduates to $ 34,000 per year for graduate students and a professional development fund for one to three years of their degree program. Additionally, students do an internship at a federal agency during the summers, and upon graduation they will work full-time at a federal agency in a cybersecurity role for one to three years with full pay and benefits.

“This is a unique program that has the potential to be life changing,” says Levine. “Students have the opportunity to study without bearing the burden of the cost of education, do an internship with a federal agency, and then move directly to a good job, working for the common good by serving in a federal agency. of their choice after graduation. “

“In line with the CICS mission of ‘computing for the common good’,” says Laura Haas, Dean of ICCS, “UMass’s SFS program will not only continue to actively recruit and retain women and underrepresented minorities, but will redouble its efforts to do so. She noted that the program works with a large cohort of faculty and staff to actively recruit under-represented students from Bunker Hill Community College, Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College in Massachusetts, as well as the Brookdale Community. College in New Jersey. The program also includes a partnership with the Collaboration for educational services, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that recruits high school students for STEM careers, and specifically students of color or from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“This program, says Sanjay Raman, Dean of the College of Engineering, “will help create a new generation of cybersecurity professionals and researchers to solve new and challenging problems facing society. These students will help modernize the leadership workforce, advance science and technology in government laboratories, and secure our national defense. “

The program will prepare students for successful careers in cybersecurity through a combination of strong study programs, tailored professional development, interdisciplinary enrichment, unique opportunities to conduct research, and high-level education. quality. UMass Amherst’s research programs are among the best in the country, a force that informs its cutting-edge program.

Acceptance into the SFS program is application-based and competitive. The application, all the details and all the requirements can be found at UMass SFS program website.


Contacts: Brian Levine, [email protected]

Daegan Miller, [email protected]

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