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Outreach Activities

  • 2017 Middle School Cybersecurity Summer Camp

     photoNorfolk State University a NSA/DHS Designated Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense will host a Free Cybersecurity Summer Academy for Middle School Students from June 26 – June 30, 2017.

    This summer camp invites applications from rising 6th through 8th grade middle school students. Attendees of this camp will learn Cybersecurity Principles with an emphasis on Digital Forensic Investigations.

    The deadline to apply to the program is June 7, 2017.

    Fax your completed application package (5 pages) to 757-823-9229 or mail to :

    Dr. Cheryl Hinds
    Computer Science Department
    Norfolk State University
    700 Park Avenue
    Norfolk VA, 23504


    • 2017 Cybersecurity Summer Academy at NSU

       photoThe Information Assurance Research Education and Development Institute (IAREDI) at Norfolk State University is hosting a one week Cybersecurity summer academy for high school students (rising 9th through 12th graders), from June 19 - June 23, 2017. Camp hours are 9:00 am through 4:00 pm. The event is sponsored by the Department of Energy, and the goal of this program is to increase Cybersecurity awareness among high school students and introduce them to cyber security professions. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of cyber security professionals in the nation as currently the USA has a shortage of Cybersecurity professionals in the workplace.

      The 2017 High School Cybersecurity Summer Academy Flyer describes what students will learn as well as the application requirements. The deadline to apply to the program is April 21, 2017. Fax your completed application to 757-823-9229 or mail to :

      Dr. Cheryl Hinds
      Computer Science Department
      Norfolk State University
      700 Park Avenue
      Norfolk VA, 23504


      Make sure that you include the following documents with your application:

      1. 2017 High School Cybersecurity Summer Academy Application .
      2. 2017 Health Form
      3. Essay (See application for topic)
      4. High School Transcripts (Unofficial transcripts will be fine)
      5. Teacher Letters of Recommendation (At least two)
      6. NSU Photo Videotape Release and Consent Form






    • 2016 GenCyber Summer Academy at NSU
      The GenCyber Summer Camp is Full as of Jun 23, 2016.

       photo The Information Assurance Research Education and Development Institute (IA-REDI) at Norfolk State University is hosting a two week GenCyber Cybersecurity summer camp for Middle School and High School Students, (rising 8th, through 12th grade). The camp will be held from July 5th to July 15th, 9 am to 4 pm on the Norfolk State University Campus.

      GenCyber is jointly sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The goal of this program is to increase Cybersecurity awareness among high school students and introduce them to Cybersecurity professions. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of Cybersecurity professionals in the nation as currently the USA has a shortage of Cybersecurity professionals in the workplace to defend the nation against cyber-attacks.

      Please visit this GenCyber link to learn more about what students will learn as well as to obtain the application documents. Please e-mail your application to (gencyber@nsu.edu) or fax it to 757 823-9229. Alternatively you may mail it to the address provided on the application form.
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    • 2016 Cybersecurity Summer Academy at NSU
      No Longer Accepting Applications - The Academy is Full


       photoThe Information Assurance Research Education and Development Institute (IAREDI) at Norfolk State University is hosting a one week Cybersecurity summer academy, from June 27 - July 1, 2016. The event is sponsored by the Department of Energy, for High School students. The goal of this program is to increase Cybersecurity awareness among high schoolers and introduce them to cyber security professions. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of cyber security professionals in the nation as currently the USA has a shortage of Cybersecurity professionals in the workplace.

      The 2016 High School Cybersecurity Summer Academy Flyer describes what students will learn as well as the application requirements. The deadline to apply to the program has passed and all seats have been filled as of June 17, 2016. Make sure that you include the following documents with your application:

      1. 2016 High School Cybersecurity Summer Academy Application .
      2. 2016 Health Form
      3. Essay
      4. High School Transcripts





    • Cybersecurity 2015 Summer Internship Program at NSU
      The COE and NSU successfully completed the first Cybersecurity Summer Internship Program with six interns: three supported by the COE project and three by the DoE-sponsored Consortium project. The interns supported by the COE project included one student each from NSU, TSU, and Allen University.

      The internship program took place from June 1 through July 24, 2015. Students were exposed to the elements of the CASE-V system. Specifically, they were introduced to machine learning techniques, statistical distributions and random number generation, modeling and simulation for cybersecurity (covered by VMASC/ODU), intrusion detection systems using SNORT, and virtualization infrastructure using MiniMega. The students also took part in professional development and networking activities organized by the Undergraduate Summer Research Programs at the College of Science, Engineering and Technology (CSET), including graduate school preparation and application, research presentations and reports.

      Evaluation by an external evaluator concluded that the survey results collected by the participants suggested that NSU Summer Internship yielded outcomes that were very much in line with the COE’s objectives. Participants’ feedback pertaining the Summer Internship was mostly very positive, participants often reported "enjoying the internship, learning, wanting to participate again, and having fun.”



    • Portsmouth Public School Coders Experience Cybersecurity at NSU
      During the month of July 2015 the IA-REDI, COE and NSU hosted three one-day workshops for 60 middle school students from the Portsmouth VA City Public School District. These students, known as Portsmouth Public School Coders, were introduced to cryptography and steganography, as well as toured our cybersecurity facilities, interacted with student interns and research students. They also had the opportunity to attend a presentation given by our summer interns



    • Cybersecurity experience for high school students from Charleston SC.
      This event took place on July 14, 2015 and introduced high students from the Charleston SC School District to steganography



    • Cybersecurity Summer Academy
      During the period of June 22 – June 26, 2015 the Cybersecurity Summer Academy was held for 20 local high school students. The students were primarily from the Norfolk, Portsmouth and Chesapeake School Districts and represented all classification levels (freshmen through senior). The academy was designed to increase cyber security awareness among high school students, because research has shown that students who have had an early exposure in middle and high schools to the STEM discipline are more likely to pursue degrees in cybersecurity or related disciplines when they go to college. See flyer.



    • K-12 Outreach Steganography, CyberSecurity and Cryptography, Cyberbullying and Cyber Etiquette.
      Spearheaded by Dr. Aurelia Williams on February 22, 2014, the Massie Chair of Information Assurance and Cyber Security collaborated with graduate chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated to host the Massie Emerging Young Leaders Community Summit on the campus of Norfolk State University. The event pre-registered 200 middle school-aged boys and girls and 50 parents/chaperones from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Students participated in workshops on, Steganography, CyberSecurity and Cryptography, Cyberbullying and Cyber Etiquette.



    • K-12 Outreach IC Norcom High School
      In September 2013, Dr. Cheryl Hinds and Dr. Jonathan Graham created a cyber security club at IC Norcom High School in Portsmouth, VA. This club is to inspire the high school students towards careers in cyber security. We offer hands-on learning experience through games and exercises to peak their interest in addressing real-world future cyber challenges.



    • K-12 Outreach Landstown High School
      Dr. Luay Wahsheh participated in the STEM Festival at Cuffee Library in Chesapeake, Virginia on April 6, 2013. In this festival, he conducted hands-on cyber security exercises for K-12 students. He also visited Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia on March 18, 2013, where he assisted Dr. Cheryl Hinds with hands-on cyber security exercises, taught to City of VA Beach High School students.



    • Community Outreach
      Dr. Aurelia Williams and Dr. Jonathan Graham facilitated the first Southside Infragard meeting on June 26, 2013. The meeting introduced business leaders and FBI law enforcement officials to the cybersecurity facilities and cybersecurity activities at NSU. Plans are on the way to partner with Infragard to host STOP THINK CONNECT awareness day and a Massie cybersecurity conference at NSU.



    • Visit to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
      On June 28 and 29, 2011, Massie researchers Dr. George Hsieh and Dr. Aurelia Williams visited CIA headquarters to discuss recruitment of students from Norfolk State University. The CIA targeted NSU because of the NSA/DHS Center of Academic Excellence designation and on-going education and research initiatives.



    • We Are Now Connected Kickoff and Community TechFest
      On June 25, 2011, Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, Dr. Jonathan Graham and a student from the Computer Science Department represented NSU at the “We Are Now Connected and Community TechFest” community event. The NSU contingent spoke to members of the Broad Creek community about cyber security awareness and provided cyber security demonstrations.



    • K-12 Outreach HSSA
      Dr. Aurelia Williams and Dr. Jonathan Graham made presentations to Middle and High School students on cyber security and steganography at the Norfolk State University's College of Science, Engineering, and Technology Health and Science Summer Academy (HSSA) for middle and high school students in Summer 2012.



    • AKA Health FairCommunity Outreach
      Dr. Aurelia Williams provided Computer Diagnostic Checkups at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Health Fair in Portsmouth, Virginia in May 2013and May 2012. A booth was provided where members of the public could have security checkups performed on their computers.



    • K-12 STEM Day
      Seventy nine students and parents from the surrounding communities participated in STEM day at Norfolk State University on May 21, 2011. Students were introduced to digital forensics and steganography through lecture and hands-on exercises. The session was conducted by project researchers.



    • NNSA MSIPP
      Dr. Luay Wahsheh participated in the NNSA Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) Meeting: "Shaping a Cyber Security Pipeline," in the Livermore Valley Open Campus (LVOC) at LLNL. The meeting took important steps in shaping the cybersecurity pipeline by aligning commitments from the front end of the pipeline (K-12) and the back end (DOE labs and industry) with those of the HBCUs. The overall goal of this program is to create a sustainable pipeline between DOE's sites and Minority Serving Institutions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) mission areas. At this meeting, NSU made a commitment to the Charleston Public School System to assist with cybersecurity development and training of teachers and students. Modules will be developed starting next quarter.



    • K-12 Outreach Saturday Scientist
      Saturday Scientists program at Norfolk State University introduces high school students to cybersecurity through steganography and cryptography.



    • K-12 Outreach Campostella Elementary
      Elementary school students were introduced to Cybersecurity games with assistance from an undergraduate student at the Campostella Elementary School science day.



    • Symposium for Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) Students
      On April 15, 2011, Dr. Jonathan Graham, director of IA-REDI, gave a presentation to Ph.D. Engineering students at PVAMU. The talk focused on the future of Digital Forensics and several potential Ph.D. topics were discussed.



    • Stop.Think.Connect Symposium
      NSU IA-REDI hosted the cyber security event STOP.THINK.CONNECT on April 1, 2011. This event was part of the national government campaign to make the public more cyber security aware as they utilize their computers for work and pleasure. There were over 150 attendees drawn from law enforcement, other academic institutions, the community, and faculty and students from Norfolk State University. A distinguished panel comprised of Ms. Arlene Patel from DHS, Detective. Michael Loftin forensic analyst from the Norfolk city police department and Andrea Di Fabio, chief security officer at Norfolk State University made presentations and fielded questions from the audience. This event was sponsored by the Massie chair grant.



    • The NSU Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC-CAE) 2011 Symposium
      On March 16, 2011, Dr. Sandra DeLoatch, NSU Massie Chair of Information Assurance and Cyber Security, and Dr. Jonathan Graham, director of IA-REDI, served as panelists at the NSU Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (IC-CAE) 2011 Symposium. They made presentations on STEM professions and cyber security and fielded questions from the audience. The title of the symposium was “A Rising China - The Role of American-Chinese Universities in Promoting Dialogue in Science, Technology, Education, Culture, Business and Trade.



    • K-12 Outreach STEM Day - R-E-A-D (Rejuvenating Excellence & Accomplishing Dreams (READ) Program)
      A cyber security training session was held for the young ladies of the R-E-A-D program on March 5, 2011. READ members serve as greeters and canteen attendants at American Red Cross Blood Drives, resident companions at Sentara Nursing Home located on Newtown Road, and donating partners with ForKids transitional programs for underprivileged families. R-E-A-D's motto is: “Cultivating today's young ladies into tomorrow's prominent professional women



    • Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA)
      Dr. Graham and Dr. Williams were invited panelists at the BEYA 2011 ceremony in Washington DC on February 19, 2011. Dr. Graham spoke about technology and cyber security being a great opportunity for HBCUs to carve out a niche. Dr. Williams spoke about nuclear safety research and the focus of the research which was “a need to develop a method to adapt and apply video motion detection (VMD) to develop an instrument capable of measuring the effects of long term exposure to low level radiation upon psycho-physiological functions in those exposed and their offspring.



    • STEM Day - Bertie County Public School System
      A cyber security training session was held for students from the Bertie County Public School System on February 18, 2011. Thirty students were introduced to Digital Forensics and steganography through lecture and hands-on exercises. The session was conducted by faculty from the Information Assurance Research Ed

      ucation and Development Institute (IA-REDI). The Massie Chair grant at NSU supports the activities of IA-REDI.

    • NNSA MSI Technical Meeting
      NSU hosted the NNSA Annual MSI Technical meeting from November 9-10, 2010. This meeting was attended by faculty from twenty-three MSIs and representatives from the Hispanic College Fund and Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Several relationships were developed during this meeting and Dr. Graham was invited to Prairie View A&M University to present to Ph.D. Engineering students.