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Cyber Security Summer Academic Camp


June 20 - 23, 2021 · Big Rapids, Michigan                    
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For high school students, aged 15 years and up.

COVID-19 Requirements - One of the following criteria must be met it order to attend camp:

  • Camper must provide proof of negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of arrival. Acceptable tests include the Molecular/PCR test and the Antigen test provided by a health center. Acceptable at-home tests include Ellume and BinaxNow.
  • Fully vaccinated campers do not need to test and must submit proof of vaccination card.

*Proof of your COVID test or vaccination card must be provided before arriving on campus. All negative COVID tests or vaccination cards need to be submitted to Gary Wendlowsky at [email protected] and you must receive confirmation you are clear to come to campus before arriving.

Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing and in-demand occupations in the world. Attend this camp and experience what it is like to be part of a cybersecurity team. Students will learn about and experience what professionals actually do in the cybersecurity occupation. Students will work together on many hands-on, fun activities such as responding to and investigating a cybercrime through the eyes of a digital forensic analyst, applying cryptography to decrypt hidden messages, analyzing images to determine the who, when and where related to a photo or video, experiencing how hackers crack passwords, and more! Students will play a virtual "capture the flag" game during the week where they complete cyber challenges, score points, and win prizes. Gain insights into what it is like to be a cyber investigator through the hands on tools and practice led by professors from our nationally recognized cybersecurity program. 

A Student's Perspective of Camp

To be considered for a scholarship submit a 750-1000 word essay describing yourself, why you desire to attend the camp, and why you should be selected for the scholarship no later than June 6, 2021 to [email protected].


Dr. Jerry Emerick

Dr. Jerry Emerick
Associate Professor
Ferris State University


  • EdD, Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership, University of Illinois
  • MS, Computer Information Systems, Grand Valley State University
  • BBA, Business Computer Systems, Eastern Michigan University
Dr. Molly Cooper

Dr. Molly Cooper
Assistant Professor
Ferris State University


  • PhD, Cybersecurity/ Information Assurance - Nova Southeastern University
  • MS, Information Security Intelligence - Ferris State University
  • BS, Information Security and Intelligence - Ferris State University
Jason Otting

Dr. Jason Otting
Assistant Professor
Ferris State University


  • PhD, Information Technology, Capella University
  • MS, Information System Management, Ferris State University
  • BS, Information Security and Digital Forensics, Ferris State University
  • Associate, Law Enforcement In-Service Training Course, Northwestern Michigan College

Students will be housed and provided meals in residence halls at Ferris State University. The University provides chaperons, also housed in the residence hall where students will be supervised 24 hours a day while attending the camp.