National Science Foundation Grant Involves Collaboration with Partner Schools

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss) today announced that the National Science Foundation will provide $3.11 million to Mississippi State University (MSU) to continue and expand its participation in a program to train cybersecurity professionals.

The grant for MSU involvement in the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS) program supports students studying cybersecurity in order to strengthen the government’s cybersecurity workforce. The MSU project also involves supporting East Mississippi Community College (EMCC) students before they transfer and join the university’s program.

“Cybersecurity is an increasingly important component of our national security. Mississippi State has established itself by preparing students to be well-trained cybersecurity professionals,” Cochran said. “I am pleased the university has secured funding to continue this program for another five years.”

The SFS grant, which included an August installment of $1.49 million, is a continuation of the program through July 2022. The program is administered by the MSU Center for Computer Security Research.

MSU is one of 16 National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations. In addition to EMCC, the MSU cybersecurity program includes partnerships with several Historically Black Colleges and Universities including Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, and Tuskegee University. It is also partnered with other schools, including the University of South Alabama, the University of Texas at Tyler, and Saint Cloud State University.