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Undergraduate Research Experience

for Women in Machine-Learning based Cybersecurity

Supported by NSF
San Jose State University
NSF Award # 2244597

Are you an undergraduate woman interested in machine learning and cybersecurity? Please apply for our summer camp supported by NSF (National Science Foundation). 

This project aims to develop a cybersecurity workforce at the SJSU REU site by training various machine learning and deep learning in different cybersecurity fields, such as networks and software. Our team will also provide an exemplary model for this female student group as a women leader in cybersecurity.


Take the opportunity to enhance your resume by working on state-of-the-art research in the cybersecurity field.


You will learn the tools and practices used by experts in network security, intrusion detection, malware detection, and more.

Examples of research projects are:

  • Malicious Network Traffic Analysis by using Recurrent Neural Network

  • ML-based Real-time Intrusion Detection and Response System in SDN 

  • Autocorrelation and entropic analysis of malicious networking traffic 

  • Machine Learning Framework for unknown malware detection 

  • Online social networks bots’ Detection with Benford’s Law and Machine Learning 


Apply for this summer camp here. 

Estimate Application Deadlines:  Feb. 28 every year

You can search for our NSF REU program with the award # 2244597

Notification will be announced around the end of March.

Contact of points: Fabio, co-PI for this program. (fabio DOT ditroia AT

Timelines can be changed depending on the camp schedules. 


For 2024 NSF REU Summer,
Also, there is another summer research camp at SVCSI.


You need to work 40 hours per week.

A culminating poster presentation will be required, summarizing the experiments and results of your research.

We encourage you to write a research paper under our mentorship.


Our team will provide a close mentorship for your strong research experience.

You will be granted a stipend of $7,000 for 10 weeks.

You will receive $1,000 to cover food expenses.

You can request a dorm at SJSU, which is valued at around $2,500.

You can build up a cybersecurity professional network continuously. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a United States citizen, national, or permanent resident to apply. International students are not eligible for this program.

  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program.

  • Must be a female student.

  • No prior research experience is required.

  • Prefer to have at least a 3.0 or above GPA.

  • Python programming skills with reliability are preferable.

Our Story of the NSF Summer Camp 2023

We had 5 female students who worked in the summer research amp at San Jose State University from June 5, 2023, to August 11, 2023. During the camp, we had intensive ML technique training and shared our previous research outcomes with our campers. They worked on their research topic based on their interests. Some students were working as a team to research the same topic. Some students finished Coursera Python and ML courses to prepare for their research. We read through many research papers together in our weekly group meetings. Every day, each student discussed their challenges with our faculties and our student assistants (Duy and Kelsey Nguyen) who have researched cybersecurity with Dr.Park and Dr. Troia for more than 1.5 years before this camp. On August 4, we had a poster presentation session to show off their research with a guest speaker, Bryce Westlake at SJSU. We appreciate your participation and our student assistants to finish our camp successfully. 

Advisors: Younghee Park & Fabio Di Troia

REU 2023 Participants: Felicity Shih (University of California at Santa Cruz), Meagan Vu (Santa Clara University), Ananya Pagadala (Santa Clara University), Sohini Bagchi (San Jose State University), Shivani Belambe (San Jose State University)

REU Student Assistants: Duy Tran (Computer Science, SJSU) & Kelsey Nguyen (Software Engineering, SJSU).

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