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NDSU computer science professors work to diversify the field
Women have been underrepresented in computer science for decades. Professors Simone Ludwig and Jen Li are part of a strong group of women leaders at North Dakota State University working to grow interest for girls in the discipline through their groundbreaking research and community outreach.
NDSU Computer Science Announces Participation in Cyber Fast Track National Competition
As part of its support for the North Dakota-wide K-20W effort, the North Dakota State University Department of Computer Science announced today that it will have students participate in the Cyber Fast Track program. The K-20W initiative is a collaborative effort with more than 40 public and private sector partners who are advancing statewide efforts to provide computer science and cybersecurity training and resources to North Dakota’s educators and students ranging from kindergarten through Ph.D. students and into the workforce. The Cyber Fast Track program allows students to assess and demonstrate their skills to succeed in cybersecurity careers through a specialized online assessment tool and game.
North Dakota is one of only 26 states eligible for students to participate in the program. Students competing in the Cyber Fast Track program can win prizes from a $2.5 million prize pool including scholarships and access to professional certifications and specialized instructional materials.
“The Computer Science Department at NDSU has been actively participating in the state-wide K-20W initiative,” noted department chair Kendall E. Nygard. “We are excited to be part of this program and encourage our students to engage in the game environment when it becomes available later this spring.”
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