A lot of cool stuff happened in October. We hosted a few Cyber Security Tools Classes to introduce new members to some of the programs that would be needed to compete in the NCL. We competed in the NCL Preseason between October 22-28 and Game 1 of the Regular Season on October 31. If you didn’t have the chance to attend the classes, come up to the lab anytime and one of our experienced members can teach you.
Some of us attended Security BSides LA on October 15 and 16, and ToorCon: San Diego from October 23-25. BSides LA and ToorCon were a lot of fun, I hope that more members with attend conventions in the future. It’s a great place to learn about recent cyber security topics, and network with professionals in the field.
Applications for STEM Advantage and HACU NIP were due on Friday, October 30. I hope everyone was able to turn in their applications. STEM Advantage is a great program and opportunity for us here at CSUDH. The October 30 deadline for HACU was for consideration for U.S. Intelligence Community internships. There is a deadline of February 15, 2016 for internships that do not require a security clearance.
The Tapia Conference provides scholarships for students (undergraduate/graduate), post-docs and a limited number for faculty. Scholarships include conference registration, meals during the conference, hotel accommodations, and a reimbursable travel stipend. Tapia scholarships are generously funded by government and industry organizations.
To support the Conference goals of celebrating diversity in computing, scholarships will be reviewed and evaluated by the Scholarship Committee according to three, main criteria:
- whether the applicant is a member of an underrepresented group,
- overall strength of the application and written essay,
- applicant’s level of accomplishment in computer science.
The Scholarship Committee realizes that an applicant’s level of accomplishment in computer science will vary for different students, particularly graduate and undergraduate students; however, a commitment to pursuing a career in computer science is an important part of the Tapia Conference experience. As examples, grades, level research experience, and recommendation letters may each play a different role in indicating an applicant’s interest in growing in the discipline. Deadline to Submit Applications: Monday, February, 22, 2016
NCWIT Academic Alliance member students are encourage to apply to the SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy for Women. The SANS Institute is presenting the SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy for Women to encourage women to enter the cybersecurity industry. Academy participants receive intensive, accelerated training and certifications to quickly and effectively launch careers in cybersecurity.
The SANS Institute is offering FREE SANS courses for female junior and senior college students & recent graduates. This is worth over $20,000, so if you know of a student interested in cyber security, please let them know about the opportunity.
Students must take the qualifying exam by October 30 to be considered for the Academy. Contact email@example.com to get a unique link to the exam or if you have any questions about the program.
Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) Invites you to the 27th Annual HENAAC Conference which will convene thousands of individuals from the entire STEM education and workforce sector. Join us in Pasadena, CA October 14-18, 2015 where we will celebrate the incredible technical achievements of our nation’s top engineering and science talent! As the nation’s most prestigious stage for honoring excellence and building and reinforcing networks, the HENAAC Conference is the place where thousands of the finest minds from top executives and innovative professionals, to the brightest STEM students convene.
As a non‐membership organization, GMiS draws a diversity of high caliber STEM students, from a broad array of institutions, including top‐ranked U.S. News & World Report institutions, Research I Institutions, Minority‐Serving Institutions, and 2‐year colleges. The HENAAC Conference continues to be a competitive recruiting forum for STEM diversity.
STEM Advantage launched our program at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in 2012. The STEM Advantage program is comprised of a paid internship, mentorship and scholarship. This 360-degree approach combines experiential, financial and directional support, and is designed to provide the support needed to keep promising scholars in a STEM program, including skills and work experience that will assist them in landing their first position after graduation, plus graduate with less student debt. To date we have selected nearly 50 STEM Advantage Scholars.
STEM Advantage Scholar benefits
- Gain relevant and practical work experience through paid internships at leading companies
- Build technical skills
- Develop communication, problem solving, collaboration and critical thinking skills
- Receive a one-on-one mentor to support both personal and professional growth
- Receive a $5000 scholarship to graduate with less student debt
- Build confidence, knowledge and experience to help realize your dreams and potential
With more than two years of sobriety behind her, and with a little help from the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) computer science major Dominique Dalanni looks forward to continuing her successful college education, and reconnecting with her 7-year-old son.
The Trustees’ Award is bestowed on students—one from each of the 23 California State University campuses—who have overcome tremendous challenges in pursuit of their college degree and demonstrate superior academic performance, personal accomplishments, community service, and financial need.
“Throughout my late teens and early 20s, I struggled with addiction and everything that comes with a problem like that, including legal trouble. I am now proud to say that in the two and a half years since I began my sobriety I have accomplished many different goals that have definitely had a positive impact on my life,” said Dalanni, who successfully completed a six-month drug and alcohol outpatient recovery program in October 2013.
Caifornia State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) computer science majors Dominique Dalanni and Gary Walker join chemistry major Alice Heng as recipients of the 2015 Edison STEM Scholarship, which helps low-income students and women studying in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields offset the high cost of attending college.
Since 2009, Edison International has given almost $56 million to education programs to help minority, low-income and underrepresented students excel in the STEM fields. As one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the Western United States, the vast majority of CSUDH’s students come from the precise communities the scholarship was designed to help support.
A delegation of Computer Science Students attended the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) National Conference in San Antonio, Texas, October 3-6. Computer Science student Samori Price gave a poster presentation on “The Feasibility of Using Java Real-Time as the Execution Code for an AUV (autonomous underwater vehicle)”.