(Jan. 10, 2011)--The University of Texas at San Antonio has been selected to receive a four-year, $1.25 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service program to support UTSA undergraduate, master's and doctoral students committed to pursuing careers in computer and information security.
UTSA students selected for the program will receive up to $56,000 during their last two years of study to cover the cost of tuition and fees, room and board, books and additional expenses. In exchange, they must agree to work as employees in the federal security sector for two years following graduation.
Established in 2006, the Scholarship for Service program seeks to generate a pipeline of qualified professionals to meet the cyber-security needs of the federal government. UTSA is one of 34 institutions participating in the program.
"Ninety-nine percent of the students who go through this program find immediate placement in federal jobs following graduation," said Kleanthis Psarris, professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Computer Science, who will oversee the program and its graduates along with Greg White, associate professor of computer science and director of the UTSA Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS). "We expect this program to have an extremely positive impact on the San Antonio security sector."
Because many UTSA students come from the surrounding region, Psarris and White realize students may not want to relocate to Washington, D.C., to secure federal employment following graduation. To support students who want to remain in San Antonio after graduation, the professors will work with local government agencies to identify qualifying federal jobs in the Alamo City.
"We will provide many opportunities for students in this program, so we expect it to be very competitive," said White. "Students will have access to job fairs, mentors and training, and research and federal internship opportunities. These are the students that could go on to work for the FBI, CIA or Department of Defense. We are looking for the very best students to fill these spots."
UTSA is recognized by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAE). The CAE program reduces vulnerability in the U.S. information infrastructure by promoting higher education and research in information assurance and by supporting a growing number of professionals with information assurance expertise. UTSA also is one of the few schools to hold the prestigious CAE-R designation. The CAE-R program in information assurance aims to increase the understanding of robust technologies, policies and practices through research to enable the United States to effectively prevent or respond to a catastrophic cyber event.
Beginning with a fall 2011 cohort, UTSA will recruit seven computer science students to join the program each semester. Students will pursue a degree with a concentration in cyber or information security and must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA. Scholarships for Service applicants must be U.S. citizens who can pass a background check and are eligible for federal employment.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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