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Cybersecurity Summer Program at Dartmouth College

January 26, 2011

The Institute for Security, Technology, and Society at Dartmouth College invites student applications for the 2011 SISMAT (Secure Information Systems Mentoring and Training) program. This is the fourth year of the program.


The seminar portion of the program will run at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH from June 21 to July 1. Student applications are due 21 February 2011. Please see the student application guidelines at:


Space is limited. Applications received by the deadline will be given priority in order to facilitate the subsequent internship matching process (see below).

[SISMAT Program Description]

To help meet the nation's cybersecurity training and education needs, the SISMAT program seeks to provide a comprehensive experience for talented undergraduate students who may not have access to local cybersecurity expertise at their home institution. The program seeks undergraduates who will be rising juniors and seniors and have had some exposure to systems topics (e.g., OS, networks).

SISMAT has three parts: a two-week, full-day seminar "crash-course" in security during the summer held at Dartmouth in Hanover, NH; an internship in an information security-related field (we recruit internship sponsors and help match students with internships); and a mentored research project the following semester at students' local institution (this last component is something that we expect can be fulfilled under the auspices of the local institution's course structure, such as an independent study). Note that although we do our best to help match students with internships, due to market conditions and other factors, we cannot guarantee an internship.

The program is offered at no cost to students or the participating institutions, and we provide housing and a meal allowance during the 2-week stay at Dartmouth.

SISMAT is also an opportunity for the faculty mentors of these students to augment their interests and experience in cybersecurity. We typically hold a "professional development" weekend for the mentors in the middle of the 2-week SISMAT seminar, and the mentored research projects the following semester present an opportunity for the student and their professor to explore a specific topic further, or undertake some curriculum development.

Please contact us for more information at: