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S.D. high school teachers research cyber security at DSU

June 12, 2014

For the third year in a row, the Dakota State University campus in Madison, S.D is serving as the host site for Research Experiences for Teachers in Cyber Security for an eight-week program taking place May 27 – July 25. The goal of RET is to provide a diverse pool of in-service high school computer teachers with an experience of conducting cutting-edge research in cyber security.

This year, ten high school teachers from around the state will be paired up to work with a DSU faculty mentor and a research team, made up of graduate and undergraduate assistants, on a carefully designed research project. Most of the research projects are based on current DSU grants from the National Science Foundation, the State of South Dakota and industry. Following the summer program, the teachers will develop inquiry-based learning materials for integrating their research experiences into their classroom.

During RET the teachers will develop project plans with help from a series of tutorials and workshops to learn the background knowledge about the process to conduct scientific research in cyber security. They will also pair up with their mentor and group members, read literature and design their projects. Towards the end of their eight weeks, a teaching workshop will be held to prepare them for curriculum development by writing a report in the format of a scientific paper and an oral presentation modeled after a scientific meeting.

Three assistant professors from the College of Business and Information Systems, Dr. Ashley Podhradsky, Dr. Patrick Engebretson and Dr. Yong Wang, serve as the DSU faculty mentors this year. Mr. Robert Honomichl, instructor in the College of Business and Information Systems at DSU, serves as the teaching advisor for the program. More details can be found at