Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Cybersecurity Scholars Program

Summer REUProgram Summary

The Cybersecurity (CS) Scholars Program offers students the opportunity to participate in teams that will conduct research for nine weeks during the summer at the University of Maryland, College Park campus. Each team consists of one graduate fellow, one faculty mentor, and up to four undergraduate scholars. The advanced members of the team provide supervision, guidance and direction to the CS Scholars, who are expected to take initiative in fulfilling job responsibilities, completing work assignments, solving problems that arise, and finding answers to questions. The CS Scholars are trained in team skills, project organization, and research competencies. The concluding event of the summer is the CS Scholar's Research Symposium where research teams present posters and reports on their team activities and research results.

Current Projects

Past Projects


  • Students must be U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • Students must be majoring in engineering, computer science, physical science, or mathematics
  • Students must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours of postsecondary coursework (or equivalent) at any College or University, including the University of Maryland.

Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. Scholars will be selected based on academic achievement, capacity to participate in a research team, the fit between the student’s research projects, skills, and interests, commitment to supporting women in science fields, interest in peer mentorship, and interest in continuing studies in graduate or professional school.


Each CS Scholar receives a $4,500 stipend plus allowance for meals while on campus. Eligible CS Scholars are provided assistance in pursuing additional funding from University of Maryland sources in order to continue conducting research during the academic year.

Housing and Transportation

The Cybersecurity REU will provide CS Scholars with housing (To receive housing, students must reside in the location designated for CS Scholars). For students who do not wish to reside in the designated Cybersecurity REU housing, securing housing is the responsibility of the applicant. Funding is available to defray transportation costs. Requests for assistance must be made at the time of application.


Application Deadline:  Feb. 14, 2014
Notification of Acceptance:  April 4, 2014
Program Begins: June 2, 2014
Program Ends: August 1, 2014

More specific program information can be found HERE 
A summary of the application process is listed below.

Below is information from the 2014 application process

Upload two personal statements, "Program Interest & Career Goals" and "Support for Women and Minorities in Technical Fields":

  • Program Interest & Career Goals (two pages maximum):
    Describe your interest in the CS Scholar internship, indicating how your participation will help further your academic and career goals. Include an explanation of your interest/experience in the project(s) you identified on your application form. This is an opportunity for you to present your experiences, extracurricular activities, strengths, and specific skills.
  • Support for Women and Minorities in Technical Fields (one page maximum):
    Describe your commitment to supporting women and minorities in engineering, mathematics, computer science and physical science.

The above documents may be uploaded via the online application.

Submit request for travel assistance funds and indicate if you will require housing through the Cybersecurity Scholars program (Limited funding is available to assist students with travel. Please provide a detailed estimate of your travel expenses to and from the University of Maryland). Please submit this information to

Upload unofficial transcripts from each institution you have attended plus current coursework, if not indicated. The upload option is in the online application.

Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic references (One reference must be from a computer science, science, engineering, or mathematics reference) May be uploaded online by your recommenders. See application for details.

This program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

For more information contact:

Dr. Michel Cukier
Assoc. Professor, Clark School of Engineering
Phone: 301-314-2804

Ashlyn Vander Woude
Graduate Assistant for Education
Maryland Cybersecurity Center

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