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Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security

Deadline: February 1
Announcement of winner: mid-April

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SWSIS Award Recipients

2017-2018

Madeleine BarowskyMadeleine Barowsky, Wellesley College

Madeleine Barowsky is a junior at Wellesley College studying computer science and mathematics. She has a passion for all things cybersecurity and is particularly interested in cryptography. Madeleine plans to pursue research in mathematics and cryptography in graduate school.


Brooke BullekBrooke Bullek, Bucknell University

Brooke Bullek is a junior at Bucknell University majoring in computer science & engineering. This past year, she’s conducted research within the intersection of data privacy and human-computer interaction through involvement with the CREU program, and will present peer-reviewed original research at the ACM SIGCHI international conference. In her ongoing research, she plans to cultivate privacy literacy by further contributing to a holistic understanding of privacy definitions. Brooke aspires to integrate her passions for software development and usability upon graduation, while at the same time motivating other women to pursue interests in computer science.


Robin BurkettRobin Burkett, George Mason University

Robin Burkett is a second year Master’s student in Computer Forensics at George Mason University. She has a BS in Management Information Systems from Florida State University and her first career was in Information technology. She took the opportunity to pursue a life-long dream to start a photography business where she became an award-winning professional photographer. She ran her photography business for over a decade. Craving a new challenge, when she learned about information security, she decided to go back to school to get a certificate in cybersecurity at Northern Virginia Community College and then went on to pursue her Master’s Degree. She was a speaker at BSides Las Vegas in 2016 and participates in Capture the Flag individual and team competitions. She was chosen to participate in the DHS Secretary’s Honors Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative and now works full-time at a security research lab.


Caroline M. CoxCaroline M. Cox, Washington College

Caroline Cox is going into her junior year at Washington College, in Maryland, where she is double majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science, with minors in German and Dance. At Washington College, she is the president of the computer club, a member of the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society,  Media Intern for the Admissions Office, and the Treasurer of Dance club, among many other clubs and activities. While finishing up her undergraduate degree, she hopes to further her knowledge and interest in the cyber security field.


Loan HanlonLoan Hanlon, University of Maryland University College

Loan Hanlon is a graduate student at University of Maryland University College working toward her Master of Science in Cybersecurity. She received a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems from George Mason University. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in cyber security and help people/organizations to protect against cybercrime.


Hannah KabirHannah Kabir, University at Albany

Hannah Kabir is a senior at University at Albany who will be graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in May of 2017. She will be attending Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering to pursue a Master’s in Cyber security. She has attended the Workshop for Minorities and Women at the Cyber Huntsville conference and been chosen to be featured in a blog called “Reigningit” supporting women in STEM. Hannah plans to use her Master’s degree to be a leader in the cyber security field and also create out-reach programs to inspire young girls and women to pursue education and carers in STEM. She starts a full time job at KeyBank as a Cyber Security Analyst this summer.


Scarlett LevineScarlett Levine, University at Albany

Scarlett Levine is a sophomore at University at Albany majoring in Digital Forensics and minoring in Criminal Justice. She is pursuing a career in cyber security and law enforcement.  Scarlett is a member of the Digital Forensics Association and Presidential Honors Society, yet her passion is the Albany Bowling Club.


Catherine McLeanCatherine McLean, Northeastern University

Catherine McLean is an undergraduate honors student at Northeastern University pursuing both her Bachelors in Computer Science and Cyber Operations and Masters in Computer Science. She is currently completing an internship as a Cyber Engineer at Raytheon. At Northeastern, she works as a Teaching Assistant for an introductory computer science class, mentors incoming freshmen, and participates in the Women in Technology club. Catherine is passionate about supporting the next generation of women in the security field.


Yin MeiYin Mei, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Yin Mei is a graduate student at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, Computer Science department, working towards a Masters in Cyber Security. She is a graduate of the NYU CS Bridge Program and was selected into the NYU Cyber Scholars Program for researching topics surrounding journalism and security as part of the non-federally funded interdisciplinary scholarship program. After obtaining a B.A in Psychology at UC Berkeley, she has worked in international cities spanning San Francisco, Paris, Beijing and New York. With a media and public relations background, she has lead the organization of global, multi-lingual communities around innovation such as Barcamp Beijing and TEDxBeijing. Having worked full time as a software engineer since 2013, she hopes to combine technical skills with interdisciplinary knowledge to strengthen the application of information security. Yin also looks forward to supporting the leadership of more women in the field.


Victoria MondragonVictoria Mondragon, University at Albany

Victoria Mondragon is currently a junior at University at Albany studying Digital Forensics and Cyber Security. She is greatly involved with clubs on campus including The DFA (Digital Forensics Association). She also donates much of her time to volunteering and giving back in her community. Victoria has received many great opportunities to further her knowledge in the field of Cyber Security including attending WiCyS in Tucson, AZ this past year. After graduation she hopes to use her knowledge and passion for Cyber Security as well as the criminal justice field as a whole to focus on becoming a homicide detective. She is honored to be a recipient of SWSIS scholarship and is looking forward to making great contributions within the Cyber Security and Forensics fields.


Ivy OeltjenbrunsIvy Oeltjenbruns, Dakota State University

Ivy Oeltjenbruns is a junior studying Cyber Operations at Dakota State University with a focus in computer forensics. She is very involved on campus as the current President of Computer Club (Association for Computing Machinery Student Chapter), secretary of CybHer Club (Women in Cyber Security), and a member of Defensive Security Club. After graduation, she plans to get a master’s degree in Applied Computer Science.


Nicole PriceNicole Price, New Mexico State University

Nicole Price, a senior at New Mexico State University, is majoring in Information Engineering Technology and minoring in Security Technology and Music. She currently works as an undergraduate research assistant for Young Women in Computing, where she designs/instructs courses in Cyber Security, Encryption, Robotics, and more Computer Science related subjects. She is also an Information Security Analyst intern for an insurance company, and will be interning with Google IT during the summer of 2017.  In addition to this, Nicole is a part of the Network Security Group at school where she competed in the Southwest Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. Her plans for the future include pursuing a Master’s degree in Information Security, Computer Science, or a closely related subject.


Angela RiceAngela Rice, Western Governors University

Angela Rice found her passion for cyber security while taking courses for a business related degree. She is currently majoring in IT Security at Western Governors University, where she plans to continue and complete a Masters. Angela enhanced her abilities in the security field during an internship where she was immersed in IT security policy, standards, and compliance work, updating the IT Security Plan for a government agency. She is excited to pursue a career in cyber security, and looks forward to growing her expertise in the field.


Kimberly RuthKimberly Ruth, University of Washington

Kimberly Ruth is a sophomore studying computer engineering at the University of Washington. She has been actively involved in security research, with her current focus being security for augmented reality systems; she has also been a security intern at Google. Kimberly is excited to pursue a PhD followed by a research-based career in computer security.  In addition to being a SWSIS Scholar, she is the first winner of the SWSIS Rebecca Gurley Bace Scholarship.

2016-2017

Carrick Bartle photoCarrick Bartle, University of California, San Diego

Carrick Bartle will be a first-year master’s student in computer science at UC San Diego starting Fall 2016 with a focus in applied cryptography. After majoring in English at UC Berkeley and working in the film industry for several years, she returned to school at California State University, Northridge to study computer science and began doing research in applied cryptography through an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates at the University of Connecticut. She looks forward to continuing her research this fall and to eventually working as a security software engineer.

Rachel Cohen photoRachel Cohen, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Rachel Cohen is a senior at University of Maryland, Baltimore County studying Computer Science. At UMBC, she is a member of the Cyber Scholars Program and involved with the Center for Women in Technology. She is a native of Columbia, Maryland where she attended Atholton High school.


Sarah Earle photoSarah Earle, University of Maryland, University College

Sarah Earle is currently an Associate Principal for a high school technology program  in Charleston County School District, Charleston, SC where she is working with a variety of organizations to build a state-of-the-art information security pathway for high school students. Her passion for security developed while working with her students and noticing strong need for balance between policy and practice. She will attend University of Maryland University College to obtain a Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy. In addition to pursuing a career in information security, Sarah plans to continue working to encourage underrepresented students to choose a variety of computer science avenues. Sarah is currently working to increase her technical knowledge by studying for several industry certifications. She enjoys traveling, reading and spending time with her family.


Jenniffer M Estrada photoJenniffer Estrada, Youngstown State University

Jenniffer Estrada is a graduate student at Youngstown State University working towards her Masters in Computer Science, and is an active member of the YSU Information Security and Ethical Hacking Association. She received her Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Clarkson University. She has attended several security conferences including DEFCON, BSides and BlackHat, and competed in several security competitions CTFs including the NCL (National Cyber League). After graduation, she plans to pursue a Computer Science doctoral degree and hopes to become an information security researcher.

Deirdre Johnson photoDeirdre Johnson, University of South Florida

As a Webmaster/Support Specialist at the Mississippi Supreme Court, Deirdre Johnson continues to become more acquainted with the importance of system networks, and to refine security skills that cybersecurity analysts use regularly. She is currently a graduate student at the University of South Florida pursuing a Masters degree in Cybersecurity with an interest in Digital Forensics. She has always been someone who cares highly about protecting personal data and information across all borders. After graduation, she plans to start her career as an innovative and engaged Cybersecurity analyst. As a SWSIS scholarship recipient, she is confident that the skills she employs will be passed down to the next generation and will also ensure that she motivates and encourages the next generation of women in information security.

Kaitlyn Kelly photoKaitlyn Kelly, State University of New York, Albany

Kaitlyn Kelly is currently a junior at SUNY Albany double majoring in Digital Forensics and Financial Market Regulation. She grew up in Millbrook, NY. She helped found a new club as secretary of the Cyber Defense Organization, which is committed to providing a platform for students interested in cyber security to learn and practice their technical skills, while also competing in competitions in the local area and beyond. She has also interned at the US SEC Regional office in NYC and will be an intern at the Department of Defense in Washington DC this summer. After graduation she hopes to start a career in cyber intelligence and attend graduate school. She is honored to be a recipient of the SWSISscholarship and looking forward to providing solutions to the emerging issues found in the changing landscape of cyber security.


Michelle Lam photoMichelle Lam, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Michelle Lam is a third year Computer Science major at Cal Poly SLO, focusing in computer security. She has taken coursework in cryptography, network security, and web security, and is returning to Apple for a second security internship, after having interned at Northrop Grumman. She is the president of her school’s chapter of Association for Computing Machinery and has also been an officer of Women Involved in Software and Hardware as well as White Hat Computer Security.


Kelsey McKinley photoKelsey McKinley, Ferris State University

Kelsey McKinley is an Information Security major at Ferris State University. She plans on using her degree to pursue cyber terrorism and forensics with the federal government.  In addition to her studies, she is a two time All-American Scholar for the Ferris State Women’s Golf Team.


Sarah Miller, Carnegie Mellon University

Sarah Miller is entering her second year at Carnegie Mellon University in Fall 2016 to complete a Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management. Sarah has received a Master of Arts in Rhetoric from Carnegie Mellon University and a BA from McDaniel College after double-majoring in English and Psychology. Sarah hopes to advocate for women in other fields to consider cyber security as a career.


Stephanie Plucker photoStephanie Plucker, Dakota State University

Stephanie Plucker is currently a Senior at Dakota State University studying Network Security Administration. She will be pursuing a master’s degree in Information Assurance starting in Spring 2017. Along with classes and being a SWSIS scholarship recipient, Steph is currently the computer club president, INSURE Research Scholarship participant, and AAUW Grant participant; all of which are helping expand her skills as a student and professional.

Jessica Sanford photoJessica Sanford, George Mason University

Jessica Sanford serves as a Deputy Chief of Staff for a Congressional office on Capitol Hill and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Secure Information Systems at George Mason University. She and her husband currently reside in Arlington, VA.

Mary Smart photoMary Anne Smart, Indiana University, Bloomington

Mary Anne Smart is a junior from Bloomington, Indiana, studying math, computer science, and Spanish at Indiana University. For the past two years, she has enjoyed working as a peer-led team learning leader at IU’s School of Informatics and Computing.


Dralia Tulley-Patton photoDralia Tulley-Patton, University of North Texas

Dralia Tulley-Patton became passionate about working at the intersection of Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Security, after she attended several related talks at Grace Hopper.  Specifically, she plans to advance research in the area of insider threat detection, exploring the use of NLP and ML in analyzing the differences between the language of a typical employee and the language of an insider who poses a security threat.


Jessica Wilson photoJessica Wilson, Eastern Michigan University

Jessica Wilson is a current Honors student from Eastern Michigan University majoring in Information Assurance and minoring in Computer Engineering Technologies. She is an active member of the information security community, leading the Information Assurance Student Association, as well as founding the Women in IA group at her university. She has also interned at Virta Labs working on security testing for health care and medical devices including side channel analysis.


Franziska Wittleder photoFranziska Wittleder, Cornell University

After studying economics, Franziska Wittleder discovered her passion for coding and cyber security as a founding member of a start up of a German publishing house. She decided to pursue coding at SoundCloud and now with her Master in Information Science at Cornell and as an active member of the Cornell Hacking Club. Born and raised in Germany, she might be the only German who does not like beer.

2015-2016

Evelyn Brown, Embry Riddle Aeronautical UniversityEvelyn Brown

Evelyn Brown is currently a sophomore at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University studying Cyber Security and Intelligence. She grew up in Kingman, Arizona and was home schooled, graduating from both high school and Mohave Community College with an Associate’s Degree in 2014. She is very grateful to be a SWSIS scholarship recipient and looking forward to her career in Cyber Security!


Priya Chawla, University of CincinnatiPriya Chawla

Priya Chawla is an actively involved student at University of Cincinnati studying Computer Science. This year, she founded a student chapter of ACM-W for her university. The chapter has received generous amounts of support and funding from many top engineering firms. She is also currently enrolled in the ACCEND program, a dual-degree program for students to receive their Master’s degree and Bachelor’s degree at the same time. Priya’s Master’s thesis research will be focused in the area of data mining. After graduation, Priya looks forward to developing innovative solutions that will help safeguard our nation’s information.


Shelby Cunningham, Carnegie Mellon University

Shelby Cunningham is a first-year master’s student at Carnegie Mellon University studying information security policy and management. A life-long resident of the Pittsburgh area, she also received a B.S. in psychology from Carnegie Mellon in 2014.


Alejandra Diaz, University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyAlejandra Diaz

Alejandra is a rising junior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County majoring in Computer Science with a focus on Cyber Security. As part of the Cyber Security Scholars, she has had great opportunities to expand her skills as a student. After graduation, she is looking forward to pursuing a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Cyber Security.


Fumi Honda, Stony Brook UniversityFumi Honda

Fumi Honda is a senior from Stony Brook University majoring in Computer Science with a focus in information assurance. She also double major in Psychology and minor in Business. She hopes her interdisciplinary background will help her become a better security consultant on problems of security trade-offs.


Ashley Huffman, Northern Kentucky UniversityAshley Huffman

Ashley Huffman is a dual major at Northern Kentucky University studying Computer Science and Computer Information Technology. She is actively involved with the schools cyber-defense team and information security club along with the schools Women in Informatics group. She hopes to go into the field of information Security after she graduates and is particularly interested in application security and malware analysis.


Cindy Jong, DePaul UniversityCindy Jong

Cindy Jong is studying Information Assurance and Security Engineering at DePaul University. Cindy is originally from Taiwan and she hopes to pursue a career in either application security, or network security. She enjoys reading cyber security books on different topics during her free time; she also enjoys playing video games.


Madison Oliver, Pennsylvania State University Madison Oliver

Madison Oliver is  a Security and Risk Analysis Major at Penn State’s main campus and has been here throughout her entire undergraduate degree. Madison is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She plans on taking the LSATs this upcoming October to pursue a career in Intellectual Property Law. For fun, she likes to play video games and board games with friends.


Mary Sharp, Marshall University


Imani Sherman, Kentucky State UniversityImani Sherman

Imani is a graduate student at Kentucky State University working towards her Masters in Computer Science Technology with a concentration in Cyber Security. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dayton. After graduation she plans to pursue a Technology and Public Policy doctoral degree.


Angela Sun, Michigan State UniversityAngela Sun

Angela Sun is a student at Michigan State University studying smartphone systems and security. She has previously interned for Google. In addition to information security, she also has strong interests in business and product management.


Professional portraits by Kenneth Chan Photography. Visit and like http://www.facebook.com/kennethphotography to enjoy more of our work!Kebra Thompson, University of Washington

Kebra Thompson was a high school math teacher for eighteen years before deciding to return to school and study some exciting applications of math. She is just finishing up an undergraduate degree in Computer Engineering and starting on a Masters degree in Computer Science with a focus on Cyber security. She is very interested in math and its applications in cryptography and hopes to use those skills in industry after her graduation.


Stefanye Walkes, California State University, Dominguez FallsStefanye Walkes

Stefanye Walkes is currently a senior at California State University, Dominguez Hills for a Bachelor’s degree in their Computer Technology, Homeland Security track. After getting her Bachelor’s, she will attend graduate school for a cyber security-related Master’s degree. Career-wise she hopes to do research for the United States’ intelligence community.


Gena Welk, University of Colorado at BoulderGena Welk

After spending most of her professional career as a stay-at-home mom, Gena is venturing out into the world of technology in pursuit of making computers and data more secure for the humans they serve. She is passionately interested in privacy issues and laws, telecom policies in the US and abroad, and the way the brain is adapting to screen technology and the negative effects it could be having on our children.
Gena is pursuing a Masters Degree in ICTD from the University of Colorado.


Leah Xu, University of Maryland, College ParkLeah Xu

Leah Xu is a junior Computer Engineering major at the University of Maryland, College Park who is deeply interested in intersection between technology, humanity, and other industries. She has been conducting cyber security research in an interdisciplinary lab with criminologists and computer scientists for the past two years. She will be spending her summer interning as a program manager at Microsoft on the Azure team and her fall at Google interning as a software engineer on the data infrastructure team at Nest.


Brooke Young, University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyBrooke Young

Brooke is a rising senior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County majoring in Information Systems, with a concentration in Cyber Security. Brooke has an Associate’s Degree in Information Systems from Montgomery College. She was President of the Computer Science Club, DC-CAP College Representative, and an Intern at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Information System Security Branch Office. At the USDA, Brooke became fascinated with Cyber Security and the process of applying security measures to ensure confidentiality, integrity, and security of data. After graduation, she hopes to start a career in network security and risk management and attend graduate school. Brooke is a native of Washington, D.C. She attended The Field School and McKinley Technology High School.

2014-2015

Kira Ullman, Columbia UniversityKira Ullman

Kira is a senior at Columbia University majoring in Math and Computer Science. She grew up in Washington, DC, and attended Sidwell Friends High School. She is hoping to get a job in cyber security and is thrilled to be an SWSIS awardee!


Veronica (Nick) Manfredi, Wellesley CollegeNick Manfredi

Nick Manfredi is a senior at Wellesley College, majoring in computer science with a focus in information security. After graduation, Nick plans to attend graduate school.


Nicholette Fortune, Rochester Institute of TechnologyNicholette Fortune

Nicholette is a rising senior at Rochester Institute of Technology. She is a double major in Information Security and Forensics, and Criminal Justice. After graduation she hopes to find employment doing either Cyber Security or Digital/Network Forensics. Although originally from Trinidad in the Caribbean, she is a native of Brooklyn, NY where she attended Midwood High School at Brooklyn College.


Katareena GellerKatareena Geller, University of North Carolina at Charlotte


Victoria Lentz, University of Maryland, Baltimore CountyVictoria Lentz

Victoria Lentz is a senior at University of Maryland, Baltimore County studying computer science with a concentration in information assurance. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in digital forensics. She is a native of Ellicott City, MD where she attended Howard High School.


Trang Nguyen, Columbus State UniversityTrang Nguyen

Trang Nguyen is a graduate student at Columbus State University, where she is working towards her Masters in Computer Science, with a focus in information assurance. Her bachelor’s in biochemistry was received from the Georgia Institute of Technology. After graduation, she is looking into working in industry or pursuing a PhD where she could focus on biometric cyber security. She’s a native of Columbus, GA, where she went to Columbus High School.


Sherri Pearlman, National UniversitySherri Pearlman

Sherri Pearlman is a senior at National University where she is majoring in Cyber Security with a focus in Information Assurance. After graduation she plans to get a job in the industry, where she hopes to work in Network Security.


Jessica Pease, California Polytechnic State University – San Luis ObispoJessie Pease

Jessie is a Senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is majoring in Computer Science with a focus in security. This fall she will be studying abroad at KTH in Stockholm, Sweden in the School of Computer Science and Communication. After graduation, she plans to work in industry where she hopes to work on privacy engineering. She’s a native of Elk Grove, CA where she went to Laguna Creek High School. Jessie is a Senior at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is majoring in Computer Science with a focus in security. This fall she will be studying abroad at KTH in Stockholm, Sweden in the School of Computer Science and Communication. After graduation, she plans to work in industry where she hopes to work on privacy engineering. She’s a native of Elk Grove, CA where she went to Laguna Creek High School.


Abisola Togunde, Eastern Michigan UniversityAbisola Togunde

Abisola Togunde is a senior at Eastern Michigan University. She is majoring in Information Assurance, with a concentration in Management. After graduation, she plans to get a job in industry, where she hopes to focus on network security and risk management. She’s a native of Ithaca, NY, however she attended Eaton Rapids High School in Eaton Rapids, MI.


Christa Cox Christa Cox, Bradley University


Geneva Capos, California State University, NorthridgeGeneva Capos

Geneva Capos is a senior at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). She’s majoring in Information Technology and minoring in Sociology. Her hometown is Granite Bay, California where she went to Granite Bay High School and competed in varsity swimming and water polo. She was recruited to CSUN to play water polo. Interests in crime, computers and helping people lead her to the Information Security world. She is the president of the computer security club Layer 8 on her campus. Geneva is rejoining the water polo team after a 2-year retirement taken primarily to focus on schoolwork and studying computer security. That time off allowed her to become more involved with the Layer 8 club. With Layer 8 she has attended several security conferences and conventions, competed in several security competitions such as picoCTF, NCL (National Cyber League), CCDC (Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition) qualifiers, CCDC invitational, and attended the USCC (US Cyber Challenge) San Jose Summer Camp. Currently she is an intern at the Aerospace Corporation in the Information Security Department. After graduating from CSUN, she plans on going to graduate school to expand her security knowledge. Following that, she hopes to pursue a career in cyber security and help protect people against technological threats.

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