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Executive Women’s Forum Security Research Assistantship

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CERIAS is partnering with the Executive Women’s Forum to offer a research assistantship (RA) to an outstanding student from a historically underrepresented minority. The Research assistantship will begin with the Fall 2017 semester and will cover full tuition and fees remittance (including insurance and employment benefits), plus a RA salary to cover living expenses. The recipient will also receive funding to attend the Executive Women’s Forum annual conference (October 24-26, 2017) in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The goal of the EWF Assistantship program is to encourage an increase the number of women and other underrepresented minorities studying information security, assurance, privacy, resiliency or risk management. The CERIAS/Executive Women’s Research Assistantship recipient, known as “EWF Fellow,” will conduct research with a CERIAS affiliated faculty member and will have the opportunity to be mentored by an EWF participant who is at a senior level in the information assurance field.

Award Provisions:

Assistantships will awarded beginning with the fall 2017 term and will automatically continue into following spring semester assuming the student maintains good academic standing with Purdue University and demonstrates research progress.

Research Assistantship:

Awardees will be expected to provide 10 hours of research on their project each week during the semester. The University recognizes this commitment as a ¼-time grad research assistantship..

Recipients will be expected to:
a) Attend the 2017 EWF Conference in Arizona. (CERIAS to provide travel funding).
b) Present their research during the CERIAS Student Poster session at the CERIAS Research Symposium.
c) Write a paper summarizing the research, and submit the paper for publication selection in a scholarly journal, standards forum, or presented at a tier one conference. EWF support must be acknowledged on all posters, submitted papers and AV presentations

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The EWF Research Assistantship program welcomes applications from all qualified individuals and strongly encourages minorities, women, and persons with disabilities to apply.
  • Students must be studying in a computing related area; there is no preferred department or college.
  • You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.00 scale) and be in good academic standing with Purdue University at the time of application. New incoming gradiate students will need to provide their undergraduate transcript(s).

Application Details and Process:

A review panel comprised of CERIAS and the Executive Women’s Forum will evaluate applications. Assessments will be based on the student’s academic record, research interests, and reference letters. Students will have time to review the final award conditions before acceptance of the award.

Applicants should submit the following items as a single file:

  • A research statement (abstract), not to exceed 1000 words, stating what they’d like to accomplish during the academic year. Applicants are strongly encouraged to articulate the practical value of their proposed research.
  • A current resume or C.V.
  • Copies of their academic transcripts from all post‐secondary education completed.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or professional supervisors able to evaluate the applicant’s scholarly aptitude.

Additional Notes:

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. We cannot guarantee notification of incompleteness so please make sure all required information is submitted together.
  • Applications can be sent electronically to: info@cerias.purdue.edu

Important Dates:

Completed applications should be dropped off or mailed to:

CERIAS Purdue University
656 Oval Dr., Recitation room 217
West Lafayette, IN 47906-2086
c/o CERIAS/EWF Security RA
  • Application deadline will be 5:00 p.m., August, 28, 2017.
  • As part of the application process, some candidates may be contacted for either on-campus or telephone interviews.
  • The final award announcement will be made in early-September.

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Our annual information security symposium will take place on April 3rd and 4th, 2018.
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

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