Registration open for 2016 GenCyber Camp and Health Sciences Summer Academy

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For the second year in a row, Augusta University will host both the 2016 GenCyber Camp (formerly known as the Cyber Sciences Summer Academy) and the Health Sciences Summer Academy for rising high school juniors and seniors.

This year, both programs will be divided into two sessions: a Residential program (overnight) and a Day Camp program. Due to limited space, however, students are prohibited from attending both camp sessions.

Registration for GenCyber Camp and HSSA remains open until March 27.

2016 GenCyber Camp

Now in its third year, GenCyber offers young people interested in cybersecurity careers opportunities to learn firsthand about the latest technology in a university setting and provides opportunities for teachers to develop cyber curriculum for their classrooms.

The 2016 GenCyber Camp is made possible by an almost $110,000 grant from GenCyber, which will allow 60 rising junior and senior high school students to attend for free.

Participants of GenCyber Camp will be immersed in hands-on activities building, using code to defend and attack programmable robots. Along with providing students a fun and unique learning environment, the camp also requires attendees to solve cyber problems, which, in turn, will better prepare them for college coursework and career opportunities.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for young minds and teachers to get a head start in the cybersecurity field,” said Joanne Sexton, director of the Augusta University Cyber Institute. “Our university and our Cyber Institute are committed to helping increase interest in this field and build the next generation of cyber warriors. To do so, we have to start their education early. This is what we are trying to accomplish with our GenCyber camps.”

Note: There is no tuition charge for students to attend the GenCyber Residential Camp or the GenCyber Day Camp.

To be eligible for consideration, a student must:

  • Be a current high school sophomore or junior.
  • Have demonstrated high aptitude and high interest in the area of information technology, computer science, cyber (information security) and/or math.
  • Be in good physical/mental health. (This is not intended to be an exclusion of students with documented exceptions.)
  • Commit to participation in the program for the entire residential period if selected as finalist, including opening and closing days.
  • Students need to provide their legal name, date of birth, SSN and place of birth to go on the NSA site visit. A passport or photo ID is required.

The GenCyber Residential program will run from June 26 to July 1. Click here to apply for the GenCyber Residential program.

The GenCyber Day Camp will run from July 10-15. Click here to apply for the GenCyber Day Camp.

2016 Health Sciences Summer Academy

The Health Sciences Summer Academy (HSSA) at Augusta University is an academic summer program for current sophomore and junior high school students.

Now in its second year of operation, the HSSA provides an innovative educational experience on the university’s Health Sciences Campus. Students attend hands-on classes in the mornings and build skills in real patient care in the afternoons. Research opportunities, face-to-face mentoring by health sciences professionals and discussions on real-world career opportunities in health care round out this unique and rewarding program.

HSSA is designed to introduce students to the academic and professional tools necessary to become successful health science practitioners and will provide a competitive edge when students apply to colleges and universities.

There is no application fee for these programs. All applicants will receive notification of their status (accepted/waitlisted/not accepted) no later than April 15.

Accepted applicants will be expected to pay a deposit of $300 for the Residential program or $150 for the Day Camp program. These deposits will be due by May 2 at 5 p.m. All remaining monies and registration forms will be due by May 20 at 5 p.m.

Note: Candidates accepted to participate in HSSA will be expected to complete and provide medical proof of a negative tuberculosis skin test (also known as a PPD skin test). This test can take up to two weeks to be administered and read. If a student is accepted into the academy, this test should be completed as soon as possible. It can be completed through your health department or your primary care physician.

The HSSA Residential program runs from June 19-24. Click here to apply for the HSSA Residential program.

The HSSA Day Camp program runs from July 10-15. Click here to apply for the HSSA Day Camp program.

For more information about either 2016 GenCyber Camp or the 2016 Health Sciences Summer Academy, call 706-721-3967.

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