About the Cybersecurity Fellows Program
In keeping with our mission to promote the interdisciplinary study of cybersecurity issues (generously supported by the Hewlett Foundation), the Strauss Center established the Cybersecurity Fellows Program to encourage full-time, in-residence graduate students from all departments who have an interest in cybersecurity to take relevant courses from outside their home department, to reward students who pursue this approach with formal recognition, to generate a cross-campus community of interest featuring a speaker series and mentoring, and to provide financial support for cybersecurity-related research, conference attendance, and the like.
There are two stages to this program:
First: Each year, on a rolling basis, we select a group of graduate students from across the campus to form the Fellowship class for the coming year. For the remainder of their time at UT, Fellows will receive advice and mentoring relating to cross-disciplinary education opportunities at UT; access to funding to support cybersecurity-related research and travel; support and coaching for those who wish to participate in the Austin and DC rounds of the Atlantic Council’s cybersecurity policy competition; and priority involvement in the series of cybersecurity-related speakers and events we sponsor.
Second: The goal is for each Fellow to complete a certain number of cybersecurity-related courses during their time at UT (with a grade of 3.0 or above in each course). We expect each fellow to make a good-faith effort to achieve this, and we will work with Fellows as needed to help make it possible. Those who do complete these requirements will then be certified by the Strauss Center as having completed the “Integrated Cybersecurity Studies” course sequence.