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Carnegie Mellon Receives $5.6m Nsf Grant For Cybersecurity Education

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Carnegie Mellon University has received a $5.6-million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation that the university will use to provide scholarships and stipends for graduate students in information security.

Credit: DefenseTech

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) a $5.6-million grant through the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. The federal program seeks to bolster the workforce charged with protecting the U.S.'s critical information infrastructure.

The SFS funds will enable CMU to provide full-tuition scholarships and stipends for graduate students in information security.

Eligible students must be U.S. citizens and accepted into its graduate programs in information security or information security policy. SFS program participants also must commit to federal employment after graduation, typically for a period of two years.

The latest SFS award is the largest for CMU, which has graduated 157 SFS scholars over the years.

The university also will use the grant to support its participation in collaborative research in the Information Security Research and Education (INSuRE) program with other institutions.

The university has earned three distinguished cybersecurity designations from federal agencies, including as a Center of Academic Excellence (CAE) in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education, CAE in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research, and CAE in Cyber Operations. The designations enable faculty and students to participate in the INSuRE program, the SFS program, the Department of Defense Information Assurance Scholarship Program, and the Information Assurance Capacity Building Program.

From Carnegie Mellon News (PA)
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