Dan Montague, President, STC Cybersecurity Club
Welcome to Week 2! Now that we’re settling back into the rhythm of the quarter, I’d like to pose an admittedly leading question. What are you planning to do after graduation? When I first started my program, I didn’t have an answer to that question, a position some of you may find yourselves in as well.
Enter the Department of Defense Cyber Scholarship Program (DoD CySP). CySP is a capacity-building tool which offers to pay full tuition plus a stipend to selected US citizens in exchange for a service obligation. If you are selected for the scholarship and have two years remaining in your program, you have a job offer for the two years following your graduation. Some other benefits of the scholarship include:
Full tuition, fees and books.
$27,000 for undergraduate students and $32,000 for graduate (Master’s/PhD) students.
One-time expense-paid cyber conference trip.
$1500 one-time laptop allowance.
Paid internships with the agency you will work for.
Networking and career advancement opportunities.
Accepting the scholarship means you commit to maintaining excellent academic performance, and failing to meet the program standards means repaying the scholarship money. For me, this is a worthwhile risk. I was able to leave my previous job to focus entirely on school, and the assurance of a job following graduation means less anxiety about navigating the job market. I’ve found it very freeing.
Although I don’t have insight into the selection process, character traits seem to be weighed heavily. I didn’t start this degree program with a significant technical background, so I leaned heavily on my life experiences to demonstrate grit and a growth mindset.
The deadline for applications to the CySP, February 1st, is coming up fast. From experience, I recommend setting aside at least a full day to write essays. Applicants should be able to pass a background investigation (you can check here to see if you’re ready). Even if you aren’t selected, this will create a profile in the federal recruitment database. Other agencies could potentially reach out based on your profile with other opportunities, so it’s a good idea to apply.
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There are four common paths to career advancement for software developers. One of the paths is software architecture. These roles are highly technical and are focused on designing, building, and integrating the foundational components of applications or systems. This career path includes roles like application architect, solution architect, and enterprise architect. The move into DevOps is another common path for software developers. These positions are also highly technical, and are focused on optimizing the tools, processes, and systems to build, test, release, and manage high-quality software in complex or high-availability environments. DevOps roles include release manager, engineer, and architect.
AEN Tech Talk
Topics: Improve relationships with Academia and Think Tanks in order to improve our foundational intelligence in cyberspace. Utilize publicly available information and open-source to answer our intelligence requirements. Create a “Cyber” scientific and technical intelligence (S&TI) Center.
Presenter: Brig. Gen. Matteo Martemucci
To register for this event, please submit your request to: USCC_J25_Outreach@nsa.gov by Jan 20, 2023
Please submit questions for the Q&A to: USCC_J25_Outreach@nsa.gov by Jan 20, 2023
February Presenters Founders, leaders & innovators share their passion & new tech through 5-minute presentations & 3 minutes of your Q&A.
Tickets: $10 registration fee Day of event @the door $20. Get your tickets
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Students MUST apply for a WiCyS scholarship to attend the conference (there is no general WiCyS 2023 registration for students) and have to be a current WiCyS student member to apply. For more information and to apply for a scholarship click here.
The National Initiative for CyberSecurity’s education holds its national conference from June 5-7. The NICE Conference will be held in Seattle, WA. Six student scholarships are available. STC students are encouraged to apply. The application will open Tuesday , January 3, 2023 and close Sunday, February 5, 2023. Apply here. For additional information contact email@example.com.
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Check out the C4CYI YouTube Channel for STC recorded Invited Talks and events. Explore ACM Tech Talks and the ACM website to watch their free informative Tech Talks. ACM, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. You can find record CAE Tech talks here. For questions on CAE Tech Talk, please send them email.
Anyone curious or interested in Cybersecurity is welcome to join! The club is also open to alumni, we encourage all current and future alumni to attend the meetings.
We have launched our Breach of the Week program! Each week, one club member presents a breach or aspect of current cyber events to the club in 3-5 minutes. This is a great opportunity to practice presentation skills and gain
Important Update: Meetings have been moved to Fridays at 3:00 PDT via MS Teams.
Cybersecurity Club open roles are:
For more information about each role, please contact Dan Montague
NCL – Join the competition – starting January 30th 2023
STC Tech Club meets every Thursday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT) via Teams to provide tech-related learning opportunities, skill development, and networking. Students or faculty who would like to share their expertise or project, please contact Adrian Parker. Click here to join. Everyone is invited!
January 26th Workshop announcement
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The STC Tech Club is proud to announce we are providing vouchers for 50% discounts on the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam. Please contact email@example.com if interested.
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Virtual Workshops/Conferences/Learning/Open Source Projects
The Data Science Club would like to invite you to our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 4pm PDT. You can join our meetings using the link here. We will be covering various topics this quarter including Computer Vision, Data Engineering, and NLP!
Please reach out to the club president, Mahathi Vucha, with any questions.