Cyber Scholar Experiences



Pictured above: Members of the first six cohorts of the Cyber Scholars Program

Meet some of our current Scholars:


Hello! My name is Jackie Schultz and I am a senior Information Systems major. My favorite part of being a Cyber Scholar is belonging to a community of people who are just as passionate about cybersecurity as I am. Being around people who are dedicated to bringing more women into cyber makes it much easier to be in this field. This past summer, I had an internship at Booz Allen Hamilton, where I researched and developed cyber attacks. At UMBC, I am the secretary of Cyber Dawgs, the UMBC Cyber Defense Club, and an Event Planner for the Information Systems Council of Majors (ISCOM).




My name is Katy Leatherwood and I am a second-year Computer Science major. My favorite part of Cyber Scholars so far has been the Industry Mentoring Practicum. My mentor has given me so much guidance in my career, and the practicum is pushing me to think about my desires and hopes for my personal and professional future. I am really thankful for the opportunity to identify my expectations of a career alongside my peers.

Professionally, I have interned at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, first as an Aspire student in high school, then as a summer/winter college intern. More recently, I have accepted an offer to the SMART program with Army Cyber Command in the Department of Defense.

On campus, I work as a TA for Computer Science 201. I find this job both fulfilling and challenging, because I know I am having a positive impact on multiple undergraduates, but it takes a lot of work and focus.