[ISN] Cyber Service attracting students

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Date: Thu Jul 25 2002 - 03:43:36 PDT

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    By Colleen O'Hara 
    July 24, 2002
    The Federal Cyber Service program, which offers scholarships to
    undergraduate and graduate students to study information assurance in
    exchange for two years of federal service, could have as many as 200
    to 300 students by the end of the year, said Sujeet Shenoi, professor
    of computer science at the University of Tulsa.
    The University of Tulsa, which is one of six universities that
    received Cyber Service scholarship money last year, expects to
    increase its own roster to 50 students  up from the current 23. About
    half are undergraduate students and half are graduate students, Shenoi
    Here's what the overall cyber corps looks like now:
    Sixty-six students are finishing their first year in the program. The
    students are from ages 20 to 64, and they include three married
    couples, a rock singer and a former NASA employee who worked on the
    Apollo missions. The students have summer internships at various
    agencies, including NASA, the National Institute for Standards and
    Technology, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Treasury
    Students at the 2002 Cyber Corps Symposium this week praised the
    program and the opportunities it provides, but said there are some
    kinks in the system that need to be worked out. For instance, many
    federal agencies still don't know about the Cyber Service program and
    students were offered little help by the government in finding summer
    internships, some students said.
    "We need to get the word out," said Dan Blair, deputy director of the
    Office of Personnel Management. OPM plans to work with the Human
    Resources Management Council and the Partnership for Public Service to
    increase awareness, he said at the symposium.
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