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Cyber Defense Training Camp

Cyber Defense Training Camp is a 7-day residential summer program for rising junior and senior high school students. Participants will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of cybersecurity and gain practical skills through instruction by an experienced security professional. Students learn about career options in the field, take at least one field trip and hear from a variety of speakers to learn more about how to prepare to enter this exciting profession. Additionally, students will be introduced to the Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) honors program offered at the University of Maryland.

*Technical experience is recommended, including networking, Cisco Academy, and/or Java programming.


To prepare the next generation of cybersecurity professionals through interactive learning, skill building, and utilization of available resources. Participants will be introduced to the cybersecurity programs available at the University of Maryland and they will be exposed to various topics and careers in the field of cybersecurity.

Program Dates and Times

Dates: July 7-13, 2019

Time: 3:00pm, Sunday, July 7 - 12:00pm, Saturday, July 13, 2019

Program Details

Typical Camp Day

8:00-8:45am Breakfast
9:00-12:00pm Classroom Instruction*
12:15-1:15pm Lunch
1:30-5:15pm Classroom Instruction
5:30-6:30pm Dinner
6:45-8:45pm Cyber Defense Exercises
9:00-10:00pm Evening Team Building Activity

*Field trips and guest speakers are scheduled during Classroom Instruction time blocks.

The Curriculum

  • Operating Systems
  • System Administration
  • Networking
  • Programming
  • Additional Activities
  • Campus Tour
  • Field trip to the NSA Cryptologic Museum
  • Cyber Defense Exercises
  • Team Building Exercises

Guest Speakers

Please note that the schedule is subject to change as new opportunities arise.


The cost of the program is $1250. This fee covers housing in a UMD resident hall, all meals, program materials, transportation to field trips, and recreational activities. Please do not include the fee at the time of application. The fee is due upon acceptance to the program. This, however, does not cover transportation to and from the camps. We do not offer transportation to and from camps, and so all arrangements are to be made by campers and their families.

At this time we do not offer refunds for campers.

Program Application

Eligibility: Technical experience is recommended, including networking, Cisco Academy, and/or Java programming. Participants must currently be in 10th or 11th grade (no exceptions).

Required Documentation:
- Unofficial Transcript
- Reference Name and Email

You can preview the application here. (No paper applications will be accepted).

All applicants must upload in this form or send their most recent UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS to Applications without corresponding transcripts will not be evaluated for the program. Transcripts must be sent within two weeks of the submitted application.

All participants must supply a name and email for one reference. This person should preferably be a teacher or instructor of a computing/cyber training/camp the student has attended or a math/science teacher. References will be contacted via email to complete a reference form. If you need to update or provide additional information about your reference, please email

Please title all emails as follows:

Applicants First and Last Name - Cyber Defense Application 2019.
Example: John Smith - Cyber Defense Application 2019

How to Apply:

Applications for the 2019 Summer Camp are open. For best consideration, please apply by February 15, 2019.


Decisions about Cyber Defense will be made by the end of February. Once accepted, you must pay a $250 deposit to confirm your spot.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Maryland Center for Women in Computing
3145 A. V. Williams Building
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-7615

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