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Call for Student Conferenceships

Deadline: September 15
Notification: October 15

Student Conferencship Co-Chair: Thomas Moyer, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Student Conferencship Co-Chair: Sarah Diesburg, University of Northern Iowa

ACSA is pleased to announce the availability of conferenceships enabling students to attend the Annual Computer Security Applications Conference (ACSAC). The goal of a Student Conferenceship Award is to support students who would not normally be able to attend the conference. Although merit is one of the factors considered, students should not view a Conferenceship as a pure merit award. In particular, students are encouraged to pursue other sponsorship. Our goal is to enable the largest number possible of students to attend ACSAC, which will only be possible with the collaboration of the students in requesting a Conferenceship only for those items that cannot be funded by other sources.

Who Should Apply

Conferenceships can be requested by full-time undergraduate or graduate students at an accredited university or school and will be awarded to students that will get the most from ACSAC. Conferenceship awards will normally take the form of a reimbursement to be applied against conference registration and travel/lodging expenses. Our intent is to help as many students as possible based on need.

ACSAC and its sponsor, ACSA, are both committed to increasing the quality and quantity of members of underrepresented groups and women in cybersecurity education and ultimately the cybersecurity profession. In support of this commitment, we encourage members of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities, to take advantage of and apply for student conferenceship awards.

How to Apply

Students should provide:

  • Current CV
  • A one-page narrative that discusses your background in information security, why you are interested in the field, relevant areas of interest, the type of career you plan on pursuing, what you expect in attending ACSAC, and any other information you think makes you an appropriate candidate for the Conferenceship. Optionally, include a statement if you are a member of an underrepresented group, including a woman, minority, and/or person with a disability.
  • A letter of recommendation from research adviser/faculty member confirming that the student is in good standing. It should include a justification of financial need.

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Additional Information

If you are chosen for a Conferenceship, you are encouraged to fully participate in the conference (e.g., attend both workshops/tutorials and technical sessions).

Note that ACSAC Student Conferenceships work on a reimbursement basis; i.e., you (the student) pays for the travel, hotel, etc., and then at or shortly after the conference, you are reimbursed for the approved expense. If this is a significant problem, please include a note with your application explaining the circumstances.

In order to accommodate as many students as possible, ACSAC policy states that Student Conferenceship recipients should share hotel rooms. ACSAC has decided to handle this by giving you one of two options: (1) Share a room with another student, or (2) If you choose not to share a room, ACSAC will only be able to reimburse half the cost of your room. Please take this into consideration when calculating your expected expenses.

Who do I contact for more information?

For more information contact the ACSAC Student Conferenceship chair at conferenceships@acsac.org.