Deadline for Application: February 8, 2008
Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP),
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Deadline: February 8, 2008
Effective March 2002, the University at Buffalo (UB) has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education (CAEIAE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Following this recognition, UB won a grant for full scholarship support to undergraduate and graduate students seeking degrees and graduate certificates in information assurance disciplines. The goal of this Information Assurance Scholarship Program is to support the development of information assurance specialists within the Department of Defense (DoD). This opportunity is available to all citizens of United States.
Based on our success in 2002-07, we are now soliciting applications from qualified students at both undergraduate and graduate levels for academic year 2008-09. The qualifications and the steps to be taken to complete your application are described below. The Scholarship, which pays for the full cost of tuition, fees, books, lab expenses, supplies and equipment incurred by students selected for the program carries an additional stipend of $12,000 for undergraduate students and $17,000 for graduate students. Scholarship recipients will be required to participate in internships arranged by appointing DoD components during the years they are receiving scholarship support. On successful completion of both academic degree and internship requirements, the Student Trainees will be converted to permanent, full-time status as federal employees.
Note the following with respect to this scholarship announcement.
2. Students who receive scholarships will be
required to sign a written agreement obligating them to work for the
Department of Defense, as a civilian employee, for one calendar year
for each year, or partial year, for which scholarship assistance is
received. Scholarship recipients will also be required to serve in
internship positions with DoD organizations during the time they are
receiving scholarship support until they complete the course of
study provided for by the scholarship. Internships, for both
scholarship recipients and non-scholarship recipients, will be
arranged by DoD to occur during the summer or during breaks between
school terms as appropriate to the individual's circumstances, the
institution's calendar, and the structure of the employing
component's student intern program. Internships will not count
toward satisfying the period of obligated service incurred by
accepting the Information Assurance scholarship.
(2) A statement of purpose (maximum one-page long) in which you are required to give: (a) A summary of your vision of Information Assurance, (b) How this scholarship will help in fulfilling your academic goals, and (c) How you can contribute to solve the challenges faced by the nation in the area of Information Assurance.
You may find it useful to refer to published documents on the Internet at the various sites such as Department of Defense, National Security Agency, National Institute for Standards and Technology, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and National Science Foundation, to answer item (c) above.
Each applicant is strongly recommended to have a meeting with either Prof. Upadhyaya or Prof. Rao prior to completing the application package.