Cybersecurity Undergraduate Research

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Undergraduate Research. COVA CCI offers undergraduate students from across the region to participate in an undergraduate research program. This program allows the student to work on an independent cybersecurity research project with the assistance of a cyber mentor from either business or academia. This is a paid program, and the student will present their research during a showcase event at the end of the semester.

“I learned the research process is elastic and requires an openness to expanding research scope and considering new possibilities of what to include in the final research product. I also learned how to manage my time to conduct research and writing more incrementally.”  

“This program pushed me to do independent research and create a final research product, which is a great thing to list on the resume and provides the chance to learn one aspect of cybersecurity more in-depth. I found this Program to be a great complement to my coursework in cybersecurity at ODU, and I value the connections to other educational institutions (e.g., William & Mary) that the Program provided. My research project could very well end up factoring into my future career directions in cybersecurity and law.”

“It was thrilling to be able to research a topic I’m passionate about and put my discoveries out there for others to see.”

Applications for the Spring 2023 program are closed.


Eligibility. This program is open to undergraduate students enrolled in CNU, NSU, ODU, W&M, ESCC, Camp CC, VPCC, or TCC.

Spring 2023 Program Timeline (January 20, 2023 – April 21, 2023)

Applications due: January 9, 2023

Kickoff meeting: January 20, 2023

Showcase event: April 21, 2023

Program Requirements. Participate in a kick-off meeting, prepare a research paper, present your research at a Student Research Showcase at the end of the program, and meet with your assigned mentor at least monthly during the program

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COVA CCI is supported by the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative and funded through the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Contact: covacci@odu.edu

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