UNT cybersecurity program receives more than $1M for doctoral research

Photo by Michael ClementsUNT continues to emerge as a leader in cybersecurity research and is the only university in the U.S. to receive National Science Foundation funding of more than $1 million through the Scholarship for Service program for doctoral students studying cybersecurity.

In exchange for their doctoral degree costs being funded, students must agree to work for a federal organization where their cybersecurity expertise can benefit the United States, such as the FBI, CIA or Department of Homeland Security.

UNT's six scholarship recipients — Quentin Mayo, Yassir Hashem, Logan Widick, Obi Ogbanufe, Josh Talkington and Michael Jaynes — are mentored by information technology and decision sciences professors Suliman Hawamdeh, Dan Kim and Victor Prybutok, and computer science and engineering professor Ram Dantu, director of UNT's Center for Information and Computer Security. Dantu was named Outstanding Technology Advocate by D CEO magazine in September.