University of San Diego Offers Summer Cyber Security Program for High School Students

Inspiring a new generation of students to consider the cyber security field is the goal of a free summer day camp at the University of San Diego.

The GenCyber Academy of Excellence, funded by a grant from the National Security Agency, takes place from July 25 to 29 and is open to incoming, college bound 10th, 11th and 12th graders. The program is also open to local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) teachers interested in expanding their cyber security knowledge.

“It’s important that we expose the next generation of students to cyber security knowledge, skills and ethics at a critical point in their lives,” said Winnie Callahan, Director of the University San Diego Center for Cyber Security Engineering and Technology (CCSET). “This is a wonderful way for high school students to explore career opportunities in the field.”

USD’s CCSET is one of an estimated 80 universities to receive funding for a camp nationally and the only school in San Diego. The program includes formal instruction from USD Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering faculty, hands-on experience with cyber defense tools, and field trips to cyber security organizations in the San Diego area.

Teachers will participate in similar learning activities and be given suggestions of ways they may incorporate cyber security principles into their math, science and other technical classes. Participants can receive graduate level extension credit.

The program is limited to 40 high school students and 40 teachers. USD seeks to include a group of male and female college bound students that reflects San Diego’s diverse community. 

For application and other information go to, e-mail or call (619) 260-4585.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.