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GenCyber FAQ

  • What are GenCyber camps?
GenCyber camps are a part of the Federal government’s solution to the nation’s shortfall of skilled cybersecurity workers. Ensuring that enough young people are inspired to utilize their talents in cybersecurity is critical to the future of our country’s national and economic security as we become even more reliant on Internet based technology in every aspect of our daily lives.
  • Who sponsors the GenCyber camp?
The GenCyber camps are sponsored by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).
  • When is the GenCyber camp at Illinois State University?
GenCyber camp at Illinois State is June 25 - 30, 2023, with pre-camp activities planned beween June 12 - 23, and post-camp activities in Fall 2023.
  • What are the hours when the camp is in session?
The camp will run between 9 AM and 5:00 PM. On certain evenings, there will be planned activities on campus for camp attendees.In addition to the summer session, camp attendees will be required to attend pre-camp and post camp activities which will be held virtually.
  • What is the nature of pre-camp and post-camp activities?
Both pre/post camp activities will be held virtually and is mandatory for camp attendees. Pre-camp activities will be used to cover background knowledge needed for the camp, while post-camp activities will help students sustain their interest in Cybersecurity even after the conclusion of the summer session.
  • Who is eligible to attend the GenCyber camp?
All high school students who are entering grades 9 through 12 are eligible to participate in the camp.
  • What is the cost of attendance to the GenCyber camp?
Attendance to the camp is totally FREE! Students will be housed in supervised on-campus dormitories at no cost to the participant, and dining expenses during the week of the camp will be taken care of as well.
  • I would like to commute daily and participate in the camp. Am I eligible?
Yes! While we have residential accommodations for all camp attendees, if you would prefer to commute and participate, you are welcome to do so.
  • Do I have to know a lot about technology and computers to attend the camp?
No! The curriculum is designed to introduce Cybersecurity to a beginner. All we ask is that you bring your curiosity and willingness to learn when you attend the camp.
  • Can I get college credit for attending the GenCyber camp?
GenCyber camp does not provide grades or college course credit. You might use the knowledge gained in the camp to pursue a college major in a relevant field.
  • I am a special needs student and require special accommodations to attend the GenCyber camp. Can I still participate if accepted?
Absolutely! If accepted, your parents will be contacted by camp staff to see what we can do to accommodate your needs.
  • Who do I contact if I have additional questions about the camp?
Please direct your questions to camp director Dr. Sumesh Philip at or (309) 438-7070
  • When will I hear about the status of my application?
You will be notified if you are accepted to attend the camp by late March.