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UNT student receives Morris Hite scholarship

Lola Obamehinti, a 21-year-old University of North Texas student, received a Morris Hite Memorial Scholarship from the Dallas Ad League Foundation and American Advertising Federation — Dallas Chapter.

Obamehinti was presented with a $3,000 scholarship toward her tuition at the federation’s Dallas luncheon, held at the Hilton Campbell Center on Dec. 13.

Each fall, the Dallas Ad League Foundation awards the Morris Hite Memorial Scholarship to a Dallas-area sophomore, junior, senior or graduate-level college student majoring in one of several industries serving the advertising community.

It is designed to recognize, promote and encourage academically talented students of advertising and related disciplines by their college studies.


Grant to aid studentsin cyber security

A nearly $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will provide scholarships for doctoral students to study cyber security and information assurance in UNT’s College of Engineering, College of Business and College of Information.

The new program builds on UNT’s leadership as one of seven institutions in the United States to be designated by the National Security Agency and Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research. UNT also has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Institutions with these designations are recognized as leaders in cyber security education and research.

About six students will be accepted into the new program, which begins in fall 2013, and each will receive about $50,000 per year in scholarship funding.

An education in cyber security and information assurance can lead graduates to careers in social and security engineering, which impacts several industries, including supply chain management, electronic health record management, social networking and mobile phone security.

Students in the doctoral program will be able to develop and apply theoretical models drawing from multiple disciplines to solve security threats; conduct advanced data analysis and visualizing using data from emerging technologies such as smartphones and social networks; develop, interpret and administer local, state and federal security standards, policies and laws; and derive the social meanings of trust, identity and risk occurring in sectors that include e-commerce, health care and telecommunications.

The growth of talent at UNT in the area of information assurance and computer security has grown over time, which led to the creation of the Center for Information and Computer Security.

The center taps the knowledge, research and expertise of UNT faculty in programs and organizations focused on security, information assurance and cyber crime. Faculty members involved in the center come from various departments at UNT, including Computer Science and Engineering, Criminal Justice and Information Technology and Decision Sciences.

Application and scholarship details can be found on the Center for Information and Computer Security website: .

For more information contact Ram Dantu, professor of computer science and engineering in UNT’s College of Engineering, at .