COAR Summer Student Program for 2015 Was a Success!

This summer the Cyber Operations, Analysis, and Research (COAR) team ( had seven summer students from across the United States. Many of the interns this year were CyberCorps Scholarship for Service (SFS)1 students that look to work at a government agency to repay the time their schooling was paid for.

This year, students joined us from the following universities:

  • Mississippi State University
  • Nebraska University-Omaha
  • North Carolina A&T University
  • Purdue University
  • St. Cloud University
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of North Texas

Each student was provided a list of research projects and asked to pick something that they were passionate about. Projects included: Mobile Encryption Gateway (MEG), Vehicle Cybersecurity, Drone Detection, and Moving Target Defense (MTD). In addition to the research projects, this summer the COAR team worked up cyber-based curriculum to enhance the students’ experience within the cybersecurity realm. Approximately three times a week, the students would join the mentors in a conference room and talk on topics such as: Networking 101, Penetration Testing, Social Engineering, etc.

To end the summer, students participated in a Capture the Flag (CTF) competition in which they formed teams to make their own environment. The other teams would then use the knowledge they learned this year to attack and try to capture flags. This is similar to other computer security competitions and cyber defense challenges held at Argonne.

This post was written by: Amanda Joyce