INSuRE Training Course Effect on Students' Research Self-efficacy [0DC-C8F]
Rylan Chong, Dr. Melissa Dark, Dr. John Springer
This pilot study investigated the effect of the Information Security Research and Education (INSuRE) course on students’ research self-efficacy. Unlike traditional courses, students in the INSuRE course worked on real unclassified government cybersecurity research problems with a team, a mentor, and a network of experts. This pilot study included 17 college students from eight Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R) universities that responded to pre- and post-surveys that measured their research self-efficacy using a 100-point Likert scale. A nonparametric Wilcoxon Test was used, and found both male and female students’ research self-efficacy improved.