2018 NSF-REU Site: Cybersecurity Research at Wright State University

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio


This NSF REU site in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering of Wright State University offers a ten week summer program that aims at providing a diverse group of motivated undergraduates with competitive research experiences in cybersecurity research. The goal of this program is:

  • To develop students' confidence and capabilities of conducting independent research.
  • To encourage and retain students for graduate studies.
  • To motivate students to develop their career interest in cyber security.

A variety of projects will be offered in Network Security, Intrusion Detection, Wireless Sensor Network Security, Internet Malware Detection (Analysis and Mitigation), Software Reverse Engineering and Vulnerability Discovery and Privacy-Preserving Data Mining.

Target Applicants

  • It is a requirement of the NSF that all REU participants be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.
  • Participants must be enrolled as undergraduates at the freshman, sophomore or junior level during the semester prior to attending the summer program.
  • Applicants should be majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, Software Engineering, or related areas; students who seriously consider pursuing a graduate degree and/or career in Cyber Security research are particularly encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants must have a research interest in Cyber Security, preferably with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, students with a strong research motivation and professional background (i.e. software development, reverse engineering, and etc.) but a relatively lower GPA are also encouraged to apply.
  • Women, minorities, students from undergraduate institutions and students that have no or very limited Cyber Security research are strongly encouraged to apply.

Important Dates

  • Review of applications will begin March 7, 2018 and will continue until all positions are filled.
  • The notification will start from March 21, 2018.
    • A student will decide whether to accept the offer within one week after he/she receives the offer.
    • Multiple rounds of offers might be extended to applicants.
  • Program will be from May 14 to July 20, 2018.
    • Check in: May 13, 2018.
    • Check out: July 21, 2018.


This project is sponsored by National Science Foundation (Grant No. 1560315).