Department of Defense Scholarships

The Department of Defense is making available several scholarships for students who are interested in working in the area of information assurance. Information assurance includes a wide variety of fields including Computer Forensics, Computer Information Systems, Critical Information Infrastructure Assurance, Cryptography, Information Assurance Systems and Product Acquisition, Information Assurance Training, Network Administration and Operations, Computer Emergency Response Teams, Systems Security Engineering, Threat and Vulnerability Assessment, Risk Management, and Web Security. These scholarships are for the 2011-12 academic year and are open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. The scholarships are very generous as they provide full tuition and fees plus $15000 stipend for room, board, and books. Scholarship recipient requirements: Must be US citizen Maintain a 3.0 GPA (3.2 for graduate students) Accept federal appointment as an intern Work for 1 year for the DoD post-graduation (may substitute 4 years military service) If you are interested in these scholarships, contact Prof. John Chandy ( and he can provide you with applications. Applications are due February 17th.

Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated CIACSS and the University of Connecticut as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research (CAE-R) for academic years 2010 through 2015. The official designation took place at a ceremony in June 2010 in conjunction the Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education.

Secure and Trustable Systems Lab

Founded in 2009, Secure and Trustable Systems lab is an association of faculties in the Electrical and Computer Enginnering and Computer Science and Engineering departments at UConn. The focus of research of this lab is on Secure and Trustable Computing Systems. See for more information.

GAANN Fellowships

In 2009, the University of Connecticut ECE and CSE departments were awarded nearly half million in federal and matching funds to support Graduate Fellowships in the area of computer systems security. The grants are provided by the U.S. Department of Education under the agency’s Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program. The GAANN program provides fellowship grants to support U.S. citizens and permanent residents as they pursue their doctoral degrees in fields deemed to be “areas of national need.” CIACSS invites prospective graduate students to apply to the GAANN Fellowship program for the Spring 2010 and Fall 2010 semesters. Students from traditionally underrepresented populations, including women and minority populations, are strongly encouraged to apply. GAANN fellows will receive Ph.D. stipends of up to $30,000/year (depending on need), and students also receive tuition waivers and superb fringe benefits, including health insurance. Our doctoral graduates go on to impressive academic, industry and government careers at top universities and industry and government research labs. For more information and application materials, contact Prof. John Chandy (