CSU Computer Science Graduate Student Selected for Scholarship Program

[caption id="attachment_3108" align="alignright" width="196"]Trang Nguyen Trang Nguyen[/caption]

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Trang Nguyen, a Columbus State University graduate student, has been selected as an award recipient by the Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security program.

As part of the program offered by Applied Computer Security Associates, a nonprofit group of computer security professionals, Nguyen is now eligible to receive a $5,000 scholarship toward her studies in information security during the 2014-2015 academic year. She has also been invited to participate, with all expenses paid, in ACSA’s Annual Computer Security Applications Conference in New Orleans on Dec. 8.

Nguyen, who’s pursuing a Master of Science in applied computer science, with an information assurance concentration, at Columbus State’s TSYS School of Computer Science, said she was “speechless” when she learned of the honor.

“I actually wasn’t sure if it was real,” she said. “I forwarded (the documents) to my professors (two of which had to recommend Nguyen for the scholarship). Other than that, (the application process) was pretty standard, I think.”

Nguyen’s taken a dozen graduate-level computer science classes at CSU, winning recognition as her program’s top student at CSU’s Scholastic Honors Convocation last April. But she was a biochemistry major as an undergraduate.

“So I’m very surprised I was able to win anything at all in computer science,” Nguyen said. “I know our faculty has been encouraging me, but I still feel like I’m behind the curve with other students in computer science. But I guess they thought I have potential.”

The Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security program is partially supported by a donation from Hewlett-Packard, as well as the Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research, which is an arm of the Computing Research Alliance. HP’s support stems from its aim to improve upon the 40% vacancy rate in the IT security jobs market.

Information assurance, modeling and simulation, and software development are the three concentrations available to master’s students at Columbus State’s TSYS School of Computer Science. In response to concerns raised by local industry, the school established the Center for Information Assurance Education. The National Security Administration has designated CSU as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education. For more information on the TSYS school’s programs, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/cs.

# # #