FAU’s Department of Mathematical Sciences is gearing up to welcome approximately 50 talented female students, ages 14 to 18, to the third annual Young CryptograpHers Summer Camp on July 24-28. The week-long program will be held in the Rubin and Cindy Gruber Sandbox, located in the Wimberly Library on Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus.
Young CryptograpHers is a cybersecurity summer camp especially designed for high school girls. Participants will be introduced to the fundamental principles of cybersecurity and learn how to apply conceptual knowledge to real-world situations.
“This year, I am particularly excited about having three very prestigious speakers from three different branches of the employment world — and a large number of students attending!” said Edoardo Persichetti, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Schmidt College of Science Department of Mathematical Sciences. “Our program is unique in exposing students to the fundamentals of cryptography, with a focus on the post-quantum scenario.”
Post-quantum cryptography is the area of math that is primarily used to protect personal information in the era of quantum technology.
This year’s guest speakers are Kristin Lauter, Director of Facebook AI Research (FAIR) Labs North America at Meta; Angela Robinson, Mathematician, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); and Chanathip Namprempre, Visiting Professor of Computer Science, Reed College.
Several FAU faculty members from the Schmidt College of Science Department of Mathematical Sciences will also participate in this year’s program, including Shi Bai, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Francesco Sica, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; and Veronika Kuchta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor.
The camp is sponsored by a grant from the National Security Agency (NSA) and covers all student costs, including registration fees, activities, meals, and gear.
Applications for this year’s Young CryptograpHers camp are still being accepted. To register, click here. For more information, email Edoardo Persichetti at firstname.lastname@example.org or Maria Provost at email@example.com.