AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $4.4 million federal grant to educate cybersecurity researchers and professionals, and then place them in jobs throughout the federal government.
The university’s Cybersecurity Institute has secured a renewal of its CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation. A team of cybersecurity researchers, led by the College of Information and Computer Science’s Brian Levine, has received the five-year grant to continue the institute’s participation in the CyberCorps program, which began in 2015.
The grant will support approximately 31 scholars at the undergraduate and graduate levels in UMass Amherst’s computer science and electrical and computer engineering degree programs. Those students will be offered full tuition and fees, and a stipend ranging from $25,000 per year for undergraduates to $34,000 per year for graduate students.
The program includes a partnership with the Collaborative for Educational Services, a Northampton nonprofit that recruits high school students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics — particularly those who are students of color or come from low-income backgrounds.