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RSA Conference Security Scholar Application

Apply to be an RSA® Conference Security Scholar

RSA® Conference, the world's largest information security conference, draws more than 45,000 global cybersecurity professionals, 600+ exhibitors, and hosts over 550 sessions. It is an educational platform for exchanging ideas, sharing best practices, discussing current national and international policies and identifying future threats in cybersecurity.

The RSA® Conference Security Scholar program occurs during RSA® Conference and connects 80 top cybersecurity students with leading experts, peers and Conference attendees. The goal of the program is to share knowledge, experience and connections to enrich the discourse on how to stay ahead of cyberthreats.

RSA Conference 2023 — San Francisco — April 24 - 27 — Moscone Center

The RSA Conference and the Security Scholar Program will take place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, April 24–27, 2023.

The Berkeley School of Information and the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) will select two students to represent the UC Berkeley as RSAC Security Scholars.

RSAC Security Scholars will:

  • Present to RSAC attendees, potential employers, and fellow students at the RSAC Scholar Poster Board Session.* (See 2022 posters.)

    • Posters will be due by late December 2022 (exact date TBD).

  • Participate in private functions and meet industry experts, academic colleagues and potential employers

RSAC Security Scholars will receive:

  • Travel and hotel expenses paid. (If traveling farther than 50 miles, economy airfare up to $800 — exceptions made upon review. Hotel accommodations for four nights provided and booked by RSAC at RSAC Security Scholar preferred hotel.)

  • Full Conference Pass while a student (max 2 additional years)

* For general information about poster exhibition sessions, see “poster” references in Calarco, Jessica McCrory. A Field Guide to Grad School: Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum, Princeton University Press, 2020: “...you and dozens of other scholars share posters presenting your research and then stand with those posters during designated times while audience members walk through, look at the posters, and ask questions about the research.”


Eligibility

Applicants must be students who are in the MICS program or affiliated with the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC).

CLTC-affiliated students include, but are not limited to:

  • Student researchers on CLTC-funded projects,
  • CLTC GSRs,
  • CLTC Reading Group participants, and/or
  • CLTC Student Assistants.

If you have questions regarding your eligibility for this scholarship opportunity, please contact cltc@berkeley.edu


Application

Application deadline: October 3, 2022

To apply, please upload the following as attachments:

  • CV or resume
  • Poster session abstract (max 300 words) (additional supporting material optional)
  • Statement of interest: Why do you want to be an RSAC Security Scholar and how do you represent the diversity and interdisciplinary nature of the MICS program and/or the Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity? (max 500 words)
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Why Apply?

Meet the Legends. Participate in private functions and meet industry movers and shakers. Previous industry authorities have included Whit Diffie, General Keith Alexander and Dmitri Alperovitch.

Enhance Your Learning. Hear from the experts and learn about the latest industry discoveries during Conference sessions and keynotes.

Make Career-long Connections. Meet talented students from across the nation who will become valuable colleagues throughout your career.

Network with Future Employers. Connect with potential employers and learn about problems that the industry is trying to solve today.

Share Your Knowledge. Showcase your work to fellow university students, RSAC attendees and potential employers at the Security Scholar Poster Session.

From Previous Years’ RSAC Security Scholars

“The RSAC Security Scholar program opened many opportunities for me that I didn't think were available. My experience in the program was both educational and inspiring. I was excited to showcase my research to my fellow scholars and industry professionals. One of the many highlights of the program was a chance to meet with pioneers who have shaped the world of cybersecurity today. This experience has left a meaningful impact in my career.”
—David Ng (MICS ’21)

“As a security reporter, sourcing is everything. The RSAC Security Scholar program gave me access to a great many interesting people.... The exclusive lunch and dinner invitations with major players were great.”
—J.M. Porup (MICS ’19)

“The opportunity was educational, humbling and inspiring. It was great to meet new cybersecurity professionals and hang out with some of the best in the business. This really provides incredible opportunities to meet people doing incredible work in the field. Sitting at lunch with a CEO and CISO, having drinks and dinner with the leading minds in the field... these aren’t normal moments. Totally worth every moment.”
—Daren Childers (MICS ’19)

RSAC Security Scholar
MICS student Taylor Rainey presents at the 2022 RSAC poster session. (photo by Daniel Wallace)
MICS student Taylor Rainey presents at the 2022 RSAC poster session. (photo by Daniel Wallace)
MICS 2022 RSA Security Scholar participant Daniel Wallace (right) with cryptography legend Whitfield Diffie (left), co-inventor of Diffie–Hellman public key cryptography (photo courtesy of Daniel Wallace)
MICS 2022 RSA Security Scholar participant Daniel Wallace (right) with cryptography legend Whitfield Diffie (left), co-inventor of Diffie–Hellman public key cryptography (photo courtesy of Daniel Wallace)
MICS 2022 RSAC Security Scholars Taylor Rainey (left) and Lauren Ayala (middle) team building with other security scholars.
MICS 2022 RSAC Security Scholars Taylor Rainey (left) and Lauren Ayala (middle) team building with other security scholars. (photo by Taylor Rainey

Last updated:

September 20, 2022