Students Earn Scholarships for Service at New Mexico Tech, May 4, 2006

by Shawna Carter

SOCORRO, N.M., May 3, 2006 — The New Mexico Tech Department of Computer Science has been an active participant in the Federal CyberCorps Scholarship for Service Program since the 2003 Fall Semester.

In the Scholarship for Service Program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), students are granted fellowship stipends, tuition, fees, support for room and board, and a computer system. The students also participate in research projects where they receive valuable hands-on experience investigating problems and solutions in the field of information assurance.

According to the department’s website, the current program includes students specializing and working in several areas such as: operating system security; intrusion detection; wireless security; biometrics and bioinformatics; cryptography; as well as many other specialty fields.

Although the program’s focus is on issues in information assurance, a sub-field in computer science, all majors at New Mexico Tech are welcome to apply.

“There are several majors on this campus that would be relevant to our program,” says Lorie Liebrock, the faculty advisor for the program at New Mexico Tech. “For example, I am currently trying to recruit technical communication majors who work with the computer science area. Although no major is explicitly excluded, the student must be able to show that their work will be applicable to information assurance and they must be able to handle the information assurance courses offered at Tech.”

The computer science department recently held a question-and-answer session about the program for interested Tech students. For more information about the scholarship program, or to apply, visit http://www.cs.nmt.edu/~SFS/index.htm.