Scholarship Opportunity to Study Information Security in Russia Open to Upper-Level Undergrads and Graduate Students

By Tom Mackey, dean, Center for Distance Learning

May 18, 2012

A scholarship opportunity to spend the summer at Bauman Moscow State Technical University (BMSTU) is open to all SUNY students, including upper-level undergraduates who may be completing their last two years of study (comparable to junior and senior year). This scholarship would cover travel expenses for undergraduate or graduate students to travel to Russia to take two courses in information security. Tuition is not covered and students would need to register for the two required courses at the University at Albany.

This program is funded by a FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Post-secondary Education) grant and led by principal investigator Dr. Sanjay Goel, associate professor and director of research at the New York State Center for Information Assurance and Forensics at the University at Albany.

This is how Dr. Goel describes the scholarship opportunity:

"We have six scholarships for students to go to Moscow and study information security at BMSTU for six weeks. They will get 6 UAlbany credits for the two courses. They can come back to Albany and take three more courses in-class and online to get a graduate certificate in information security from the University at Albany. The scholarship will cover their travel and living expenses in Russia. They will be expected to pay SUNY tuition for the courses. The scholarships are open to students who are U.S. citizens from any University in the United States.”

Cross-registration is not an option for the two required summer courses, so students would have to register with UAlbany directly if they receive the scholarship. Also, students are not required to complete the entire certificate or take additional courses beyond the two required courses as part of the summer program.

"This would be a great opportunity for any of our students interested in information security," says Center for Distance Learning Dean Tom Mackey. "Dr. Goel is a leader in this area and the association with the NYS Center for Information Assurance and Forensics and UAlbany, and the international travel component would all be worthwhile."

For more information, go to www.albany.edu/usrussiainfosec/program/ .

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Article Contributors
  • Danielle Benedict
  • Helen Edelman
  • Justin Giordano
  • David Henahan
  • Susan LeClair
  • Tom Mackey
  • Mark Miyake
  • Vickie Moller
  • Sarah Morehouse
  • Rhianna Rogers
  • Pat Ryan
  • Jandet Shideler
  • Betty Wilde-Biasiny