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Cybersecurity Camp for Girls to be held in July

February 18, 2015

Even though students on the Dakota State University campus find themselves spending time at home during the summer, doesn’t mean that the university grounds quiet down. DSU holds a variety camps for high schools students including both academic and athletic opportunities, but this summer brings a new, refreshing camp to Madison that will launch girls into the world of cybersecurity and all things tech.

Through a grant from the National Science Foundation, DSU will be able to host nearly 60 girls for the GenCyber Camp for Girls from July 19th until July 24th. This cybersecurity camp is one of the first in the nation tailored specifically for girls and there will be no cost to attend. Students in grades 8 through senior year will be able to stay on campus while exploring the world of cyber security. Sessions will be taught by current professors, industry experts, and DSU alumni and students.

“We are excited to introduce the field of cybersecurity, programing and networking to girls,” said Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, DSU professor and camp director.  “Women make up over half of the workforce, but they only represent 26% of the computing field, this is something we hope to address by hosting this camp.”

This camp is in addition to the GenCyber camp (formerly CyberStars) which is in its second year on the DSU campus. The GenCyber camp is open to both male and female participants, grades 10 through 12 in June. Also a part of the National Science Foundation grant, the camp is free for 200 students to attend. The cybersecurity camp last year brought students from all over the nation and demand was high with this year looking to be the same.

For more information about GenCyber Camp for Girls see or contact Dr. Ashely Podhradsky at

For more info on GenCyber please go to or contact Dr. Tom Halverson at

Check out the Keloland story on the GenCyber Camp for Girls below.