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GenCyber Warrior Academy

A GenCyber Summer Camp

GenCyber LogoAre you thrilled by computer science and operating in cyberspace?  Are you considering a career in cyber operations or security?

If so, get ready for an intense and exciting nine days of learning from highly qualified Master’s and Ph.D. University of North Georgia instructors!

The GenCyber Warrior Academy (GCWA) summer camp is a nine-day, residential cyber academy for area high school students at the University of North Georgia’s (UNG) Dahlonega Campus. The camp is scheduled for June 10-19, 2021.

The mission of the GCWA is to inspire the next generation of cyber operations and cybersecurity professionals in the north Georgia region.

Housed at The Military College of Georgia and one of six Senior Military Colleges in the nation, UNG’s GCWA program will prepare students for military, federal service and civilian cybersecurity career paths with an emphasis on personal, organizational and national cybersecurity awareness and ethical cyber operations training in a 9-day, residential cyber camp.

The academy includes 80 hours of instructional and extension activities, including 40 hours of hands-on labs in learner-centered classrooms using the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) iLabs curriculum. The standards-based content will reinforce Cybersecurity First Principles through hands-on exercises. In addition to lab exercises, students will participate in extension activities involving coding in Python, Sphero robotics, Drone programming, 3D printing, car hacking and capture-the-flag and red-team/blue-team events.

The mix of mini-lectures, hands-on labs, mid-day get-up-and-move extension activities and evening team-building and CTF events will engage learners using multiple modalities. Daily scrum presentations, Q&A and student presentations of various hacking exercises and Cyber First Principles concepts will help students take active ownership of their learning experiences.

Daily athletic and sports events are part of the program.

Why at UNG?

The GCWA is a collaboration of the Center for Cyber Operations Education, the Institute for Leadership and Strategic Studies, and the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at UNG. 

What's the Cost? 

Free. The GenCyber Warrior Academy is funded by a grant from GenCyber.

Who May Participate and What Are the Requirements?

  • U.S. high school students who will be sophomores, juniors or seniors in fall 2020.
  • Priority consideration will be given to students who have studied a strategic language (such as Arabic, Farsi, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) in school or elsewhere.
  • Priority consideration also will be given to students who have demonstrated high aptitude and achievement in high school math and/or computer science courses (>3.5 GPA in Math/CS courses), or who have participated in computer-related extracurricular activities (e.g. computer programming, robotics or cyber competition team membership, etc.).

Contact Information

Kimberly Bruner
Administrative Assistant III
82 College Circle
Newton Oakes Center 123
Dahlonega, GA 30597

Course Instructors

Bryson R. Payne, Ph.D., GPEN, CEH, CISSP®

Tamirat Abegaz, Ph.D., GCIH, CEH, Security+

Diane Stephens

Diane Stephens, Lecturer of Computer Science, Security+ 501, CEH

Mingyuan Yan

Mingyuan Yan, Ph.D., Master’s in Information Security

Sara Sartoli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Ahmed Ghafarian

Ahmad Ghafarian, Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science

Abi Salimi

Abi Salimi, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Daniel Dockery

Daniel Dockery, Database Engineer

Luis Cueva Parra

Luis Cueva Parra, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Participant Testimonial

"Thank you for guiding the 2019 GenCyber Warriors during the summer and capturing our interest in the cyber security. Before the camp, I was uncertain about entering cyber security, but after meeting professionals, learning to use Kali Linux and interacting as a team, I am definitely considering cyber security as a field to join. Thank you for making the camp an amazing experience for all of us.”

students gather around a small robot
students of the national cyber warrior academy

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