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Find out more about The Bridges To STEM Careers(BSC) Program
The Bridges to STEM Careers (BSC) program, with funding from the National Science Foundation, hosted its annual STEM Challenge on April 11th, 2015 in the Student Services Building at UHCL. 18 teams made up of 62 members participated in the competition at two levels. Winners and participants won prizes including scholarships, internships, robotics kits and various other gifts.

STEM Challenge 2015 was sponsored by Credexo Inc., Esyntaxis and AtLink. Additional support was provided by various other companies and restaurants in the community. Community college, High school and UHCL faculty members participated actively and served as judges, mentors and in various other capacities. Industrial representatives from Credexco, AtLink and SAIC also served as judges.

The challenge was open to all high school and undergraduate students. Over 8 different high schools and 6 different community colleges and universities were represented in the challenge. The challenge consisted of two levels of competition, with each team rotating through three stations: Game of Clues to challenge their math knowledge, Creative Inventors to showcase their imaginative skills and Robot Adventure to test their problem solving and programming skills. The event was limited to 18 teams, with a maximum of 4 members per team. 12 beginner teams and 6 advanced teams participated in the event.

During the challenge, each team spent 50 minutes at one of the three stations, trying to complete tasks that were progressivly more challenging, before rotating to the second and third station. Each task was assigned a point value, and each task had to be completed and demonstrated before receiving instructions for the next task.

In the Beginner category, Team Dignitas comprising of students Sarah Cao, Justin Hill, Jack Baumann and Michael Peterson from UHCL and Clear Lake HS placed first, and each contestant went home with $400 scholarships to UHCL along with an opportunity to interview for 1 of 4 summer internships at AtLink. Team Robonauts comprising of 4 high school students from Clear Lake, Clear Brook, Clear Creek and Clear Horizons were a close second, and each received a $250 scholarships to UHCL along with a complete Arduino turtlebot robotics kit.

In the Advanced category, Team Oh My Gauss, comprising of students Andrew Hahn, James Harrington, Josh Schults and Kevin McEachern placed first, and each member received a $500 scholarship to UHCL, along with an opportunity to interview for 1 of 4 summer internships at AtLink. Team Overflow comprising of students Miguel Rasales, Thomas Garza, Daniel Velazco and Gregory Hemenway placed second, and each received $350 scholarships to UHCL, along with Logitech Bluetooth Keyboards.

Three teams were awarded Station Master Status, and these teams went home with either Bluetooth speakers, Amazon Fire TV sticks or Motorola Portable Battery Chargers. The first and second place winners of both categories were not eligible for this prize.

Thanks to several departments at UHCL and area restaurants and vendors, participants won many door prizes, such as 1TB solid state external hard drives, flash drives and gift cards.
The STEM challenge was organized by Bridges to STEM Careers program – A partnership with the University of Houston Clear-Lake and San Jacinto College and supported by the National Science Foundation.
 
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2015 Summer Camp | Cyber Security Institute

When: June 8th – June 10th, 2015. 9:00am ~ 4:00pm
Where: Delta Building, UHCL

About the Cyber Security Summer Camp
The University of Houston-Clear Lake Cyber Security Institute will host a Cyber Security themed Summer Camp from June 8 to June 10, 2015. The camp’s mission is to expose local high school students to Cyber Security. Cyber Security expertise is in high demand and offers a promising career path. The camp is designed to motivate students to continue their education in related STEM fields.  We leverage the domain expertise and computing facilities at our Cyber Security Institute to develop a well-rounded camp with following goals in mind:
  • Expand the camper’s horizon in the domain of Cyber Security including the technology, organization, and people factors.
  • Educate the campers about ethics in Cyber Security.
  • Inspire the campers with what Cyber Security entails.
  • Introduce the campers to a spectrum of information systems vulnerabilities, security threats, and possible countermeasures.
  • Teach the campers about various technical topics with a focus on network security.
  • Design relevant and interesting hands-on labs for the campers to practice what they learn in a controlled environment.
  • Create opportunities for campers to talk to cyber security professionals in both public and private sectors.
Network Management and Security Training Programs
Are you interested in a career in Information Security or Networking? Have you ever thought of earning industry certifications to further your career? The Network Management and Security certificate is designed for you to achieve those goals.
 
YEAR-AROUND REGISTRATION | SPRING 2015 | SUMMER 2015 | FALL 2015
 
The suite of four classes covers the fundamental technology, concepts and practices of modern Information Security operations, including access control, authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA), network security protocols, policy construction and enforcement mechanisms, contingency planning and application security. Students have options of taking all four or individual classes.

Research Experience for Undergraduates
Paid Position for Summer 2015
Our program is designed to infuse qualified undergraduates with enthusiasm toward both graduate level education and a career in research. Participants will make important contributions to the department's ongoing research efforts.
In cooperation with several other CISE REU Sites, we observe a priority deadline of February 15, 2015 and a common application deadline of March 15, 2015 Evaluation will start onFebruary 15. Applicants will be notified by May 1, 2015 about their status (accepted, not accepted, or pending). Once an applicant has been accepted to the program, a response from the applicant, either accepting or declining, must be received within two weeks of the date of the offer. More information...

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Students selected for participation in this program will receive a stipend of $5,000. Students will receive room and board in an on-campus university dormitory. In addition, students will receive free GRE preparation classes.

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