Cybersecurity Summer Research and Training for College Faculty

Monday, July 6, 2015 - 9:00am EDT - Friday, August 14, 2015 - 5:00pm EDT

  • Location:Brooklyn, NY, US

The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering Cybersecurity Summer Research and Training Program provides a unique opportunity for computer science faculty at two- and four-year colleges to receive instruction in the fundamental concepts of cybersecurity, engage in cutting-edge research projects, and learn to mentor cybersecurity competition teams. The effort is part of a three-year program sponsored by the National Science Foundation, in conjunction with the NYU School of Engineering's Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

With cybersecurity taking center stage in so many current events, we invite colleagues to apply to improve their knowledge and skills in this critical content area of computer science.  Ten qualified faculty members will be selected for two weeks of intensive instruction in the basic concepts of cybersecurity followed by four weeks of research engagement at the School of Engineering. (More information about the Information Systems and Internet Security (ISIS) laboratory is here).

The accepted faculty will also establish student teams at their home institution to participate in the national CSAW Capture the Flag challenge. This event, which is conducted annually by the School of Engineering, attracts thousands of students and builds a community that is passionate about cybersecurity. Click here for more information on previous years’ CSAW events.

Accommodations and Amenities:

  • $5,000 stipend for completion of the 6-week program
  • Out-of-town participants' housing will be covered in graduate residence hall suites.
  • Up to $500 in travel reimbursements
  • Up to $1,500 in meal expenses

When and Where:

  • Monday, July 6th - Friday, August 14th, 2015, 9am to 5pm weekdays
  • New York University, School of Engineering, Brooklyn, New York

Why You Should Apply:

  • Engage in cutting-edge research in cybersecurity
  • Bring the latest theory and practice in cybersecurity instruction to your classrooms
  • Engage your students in research projects in collaboration with NYU Engineering
  • Learn to mentor college teams to compete in the annual CSAW cybersecurity competition
  • Network with other college faculty members


  • Applications are due by midnight April 15, 2015
  • Notification to applicants on or before May 1, 2015

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Q1. Will commuting faculty get a housing allowance?
No. Housing allowance is only for participants from out of town. However, commuting faculty will be reimbursed for local travel up to $500.

Q2. Are participants from out of town required to stay in the accomodations arranged by the organizers?
Not necessarily but the School of Engineering will secure private suites in student housing near to the School of Engineering campus.  Housing will have limited space, therefore indicate your housing preference at the time of application.

Q3. Are faculty members from outside the United States eligible to apply for the CSAW Summer Research Program?
At this time we are only accepting faculty members from colleges and universities in the United States.

Q4. Are participants required to have research experience in Cybersecurity, Mathematics or Computer Science?
This is not a requirement. However, prior research experience is highly desirable and applicants must be eager to do research in cybersecurity.

Q5. Are the participants expected to have prior experience with engaging students in research?
This is not a requirement. However, applicants with a track record in engaging students in research activity are desired and applicants must be eager to engage students in research projects.

Q6. Is solid knowledge in cybersecurity required, and if so, at what level?
No. Solid knowledge in cybersecurity is not required.  The organizers designed the lectures and projects during the program to help participants gain the knowledge they need. However, a basic knowledge of and interest in computer science and cybersecurity will be very helpful.

Q7. Are participants expected to publish based on their summer research activity?
No. Participants are not required to publish. However, it is expected that participants will strive to follow up the summer research activity with continued collaboration with their research mentor at the School of Engineering. Research publications could be an outcome of this collaboration.


For academic content and program specifics
Nasir Memon

For additional information
Ben Esner