UTC’s “CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service” program extended another four years
UTC program alumni have gone on to careers with TVA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, among other federal agencies.
A University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) academic program dedicated to preparing future professionals to meet rapidly expanding needs in the field of cybersecurity has won renewed funding from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) “CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service” initiative.
According to separate news releases from both organizations, the UTC program is named “Collaborative Research: CyberCorps® Scholarship for Service: Strengthening the National Cybersecurity Workforce With Integrated Learning of AI/ML and Cybersecurity.” It was one of seven American university programs selected for renewed funding of more than $24 million from NSF over the next four years.
The UTC program was launched in 2017 with funding of $1.5 million from NSF. After graduation, former scholarship recipients are required to work “in the cybersecurity mission of a federal, state, local or tribal government organization” or other designated entities for a period equal to the length of the scholarship, according to NSF. UTC program alumni have gone on to careers with TVA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, among other federal agencies, said UTC Professor of Computer Science Hong Qin. The program itself program is overseen by Mengjun Xie, a UC Foundation Associate Professor and Director of the UTC Information Security (InfoSec) Center: A National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.