GenCyber Camps

Inspiring the Next Generation of Cyber Stars

As part of the national GenCyber program, the Department of Computer Science at Rowan University is hosting two online cybersecurity summer camps: the GenCyber Camp for the State of Delaware High School Students and the GenCyber Camp for the State of New Jersey High School Students. These programs are generously funded by the National Science Foundation and supported by the National Security Agency.  The camps will be led by Dr. Vahid Heydari, Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research at Rowan University.  

Each is a five-day program that provides an introduction to the fundamentals of cybersecurity and Internet of Things (IoT) through a combination of instructions and hands-on activities. No experience in cybersecurity or computer programming is needed to apply. Both programs are FREE to accepted applicants and fully online.

Program participants will receive:

  • Training in the area of Computing, Cybersecurity, and IoT.
  • Virtual classroom resources.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

GenCyber Camp for the State of Delaware High School Students

July 19-23, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Eligible Applicants:
High school students from Delaware schools entering grades 9 through 12 in September 2021.  No experience needed.

>> STUDENTS APPLY HERE

GenCyber Camp for the State of New Jersey High School Students

July 26-30, 2021
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Eligible Applicants:
High school students from NJ or PA schools entering grades 9 through 12 in September 2021.  No experience needed!

>> STUDENTS APPLY HERE

*Application deadline: May 15, 2021.

Both programs are FREE to accepted applicants. Note, limited space is available. The selection committee will notify applicants of a decision on a rolling basis from May 1 - June 15.

Program Location: Online

Dr. Heydari’s Biography
Vahid Heydari received a M.S. degree in Cybersecurity and a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Currently, he is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and the Director of the Center for Cybersecurity Education and Research at Rowan University. He is the primary lead on all curricular and research activities related to cybersecurity in the Department of Computer Science. Dr. Heydari established experimental teaching and research labs for hands-on activities related to cybersecurity. He is currently working on securing for the CS Department the designation of National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD) from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

About the GenCyber Program
The goals of the GenCyber program are to increase interest in cybersecurity careers and diversity in the cybersecurity workforce of the nation, help all students understand correct and safe on-line behavior and how they can be good digital citizens, and improve teaching methods for delivery of cybersecurity content in K-12 curricula. Learn more about the national GenCyber Program here.

Questions? Please email Andrea Bramblett at bramblett@rowan.edu or email Dr. Heydari at heydari@rowan.edu.

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