20-Year Club Annual Scholarship

The 20-Year Club Annual Scholarship is a one-time award of $3,600 which will be applied toward tuition and books during the 2023-2024 academic year.


  • Full-time undergraduate student enrolled at RMU 
  • Minimum 60 credits (at least 30 earned at RMU) as of 1/1/23; Maximum 90 credits as of 1/1/23
  • Minimum GPA = 3.5

Note: full institutional tuition scholarship recipients are not eligible.  Also, previous winners of the 20-Year Club scholarship are not eligible.

The scholarship winner will be selected based upon a blind review of applications by the 20-Year Scholarship Club Committee.  Committee members will review the application and the required essay to determine the winner.

To receive an application, please email Dr. Cathleen Jones at jones@rmu.edu.  Applications are to be submitted electronically via email to Dr. Jones and must be received by April 3, 2023. WINNER WILL BE NOTIFIED BY THE SECOND WEEK OF MAY.

CIS Faculty Present at the Research & Grants Expo

Our CIS faculty are active in research, and several of our faculty are part of ongoing grants. Several faculty members presented at the Research and Grants Expo on March 15, 2023.

Among those presented was the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service grant. Dr. Ping Wang is the PI for this grant, and Dr. Sushma Mishra (pictured below) and Dr. Frank Hartle are Co-PIs.

The CIS Cyber Scholars grant “Developing a Faculty-Student Mentor Model” was also presented. Pictured below (left to right) are Dr. Abdur Shahid, Dr. Natalya Bromall, and Dr. Karen Paullet. Dr. Paullet is the PI on this grant and Dr. Shahid and Dr. Bromall are Co-PIs.

Dr. Abdur Shahid (pictured below) presented “Data Poisioning Attack Against Wearable Artificial Intelligence Systems.” His co-researchers include Dr. Peter Wu and Dr. Diane Igoche from RMU, as well as two colleagues from other institutions.

Congratulations to the faculty for this outstanding work!

Top Secret Colonials – 24-Hour Gaming Marathon

Below you will find the registration form for TSC’s Spring 2023 Gaming Marathon. The marathon is being held March 25th & 26th from 10am-10am in Wheatley. All participants must register, and the registration fee is $5. It will be $10 if you wait to register until the day of. Registration fees will only be accepted as cash given to any officer or Dr. Paullet (office is Wheatley 229) in an envelope with your first and last name. ALL money raised from this event will be donated to St. Judes Research Hospital. This event is SET eligible. Please let us know if you have any questions! 

Below the registration form you will find a link to pay directly to St. Jude’s. If you pay via link please take a screenshot to show that you have paid to get in the door. The screenshot must show your name.

Registration Form:

Payment Link:

Federal Workforce Information Session and USAJobs Primer

Tim Dauk (’22) will be on campus on Wednesday, March 15th to present on how to apply for a job in technology in the Federal Government. The presentation will be held in the Wheatley Cafe from 4:30 – 5:15. Information on the presentation and speaker is listed below. Students will be awarded 1 hour of SET credit. Pizza will be served.

Abstract: Applying for positions in the Federal Government can be quite different from applying for private sector jobs. This session will go over some of the differences. Benefits and position requirements will be discussed. A brief tour and familiarization with USAjobs.gov will be provided. Finally, time will be reserved for questions and answers.

Bio: Tim Dauk joined the PA Air National Guard in 2002 as an aircraft maintainer, specializing in RF systems, such as radios and navigational aids. He became a federal employee in August 2006 doing the same. He then moved to Quality Assurance in maintenance. Currently, he fills the role as an Information Systems Security Manager. His duties include vulnerability scanning, risk management, communications security, and emissions security. Tim currently has a Security + certification, and is working toward CISSP and CAP certifications. Tim is a recent graduate from RMU earning a B.S. Digital Forensics & Cyber Security in May 2022.

GNC Undergraduate Information Security Co-Op

GNC has an open position for an undergraduate level co-op for the Fall semester of 2023, located in Pittsburgh, PA.

The Information Security College Co-Op will provide business-enabling security services, protect the company, and gain professional experience as a member of our corporate Information Security team. This position will work in partnership with GNC’s Information Security professionals and cross-functional subject matter experts to perform three primary duties:

  • User access services, including provisioning, de-provisioning, and auditing user access
  • Security operations monitoring, investigating, and responding to security events
  • Complete a project to increase the efficiency of the Information Security function through automation or business process improvement.

This co-op role will be full-time (40 hours per week) during the fall semester (September to December 2023). Any student who is interested must be available in Pittsburgh for the duration of the program.

More information can be found here:

If interested, please contact:

Ciara Boeltz
Program Manager, Talent Acquisition

NSF SFS Scholarship Grant Program

The NSF-SFS Scholarship application is now open.  Interested students will find the “How to Apply” section on our SFS website here:https://www.rmu.edu/academics/sihss/nsf-cybercorps-sfs-program

Before applying, students are highly encouraged to attend the next informational session on Thursday, March 23rd at 4:00 pm,  in room Wheatley 119.  

See below for more information:

Join the Top Secret Colonials (TSC)

The Top Secret Colonials (TSC) will hold their first meeting for this semester on Tuesday, January 17th in the Wheatley Cafe at 3:30 pm. We have a lot of events planned for the semester and are ready to get you all involved! 

If you have friends that are interested in joining the club, please encourage them to come as well.

Below you will find some general information on why you would want to become an official member. Dues can be paid via the link, to one of the officers or you can drop off the dues to Dr. Paullet (Wheatley 229). If she is not there, please make sure that the dues are in an envelope with your name, email address and t-shirt size. 

The Top Secret Colonials are always accepting members. Please read below about the benefits of being an official TSC member. 

Yearly dues to be a member of the Top Secret Colonials is $25.00.  Please know that by joining you will be given the annual TSC t-shirt once we have this year’s design plus you will be given a bag with several TSC items upon payment of the annual dues.  If you use Paypal please send an email with your t-shirt size.   There are several benefits to paying dues and becoming a member that I would like to mention: 

1) You are a member of the Top Secret Colonials

2) Job and Internship Opportunities – TSC receives opportunities not posted to the reas of the school from alumni of the club

3) Year t-shirt and additional TSC items

4) The payment of dues lists you as an active member. As an active member, you are able to list the organization on your resume.

5) Invited to tech workshops and hands-on labs

6) Networking opportunities that can lead to part-time and full-time positions. 

7) Invitations to TSC planned events

8) As a member you can earn SET credit

9) Attendance to conference and competitions

Paypal link: