Cybersecurity Visiting Student Research (CyberVSR) Program Summer 2024


Provide undergraduate and graduate students in US and internationally to:

  • gain research experiences in the broad area of cybersecurity with RIT ESL GCI faculty and peers of complementary skillsets and experiences, and
  • immerse in an inclusive and culturally enriched and diverse environment for personal and professional development.

Program at Glance


  • Expected ~20-hr for virtual & ~35-hr for in-person effort per week for 8-12 weeks
  • Virtual supervised research with RIT ESL GCI faculty
    • 8-10 weeks (June 3 ~ August 2): specific dates depending on faculty advisor availability. Earlier start and extension may be requested subject to faculty and student interests and availability.
  • Optional In-person experience at ESL GCI (extra cost applied)
    • 6 weeks (June 24 ~ Aug 2): including in-person mentoring with faculty and research group, peers, social and excursion, etc..
  • Program-wide weekly seminars:
    • 6 weeks (June 24 ~ Aug 2)
    • CyberVSR seminars will be either for in-person only or in hy-flex mode between June 26~Aug 2 for research discussions, professional development, and/or social/cultural immersing activities

Program Cost:

  • Program Fee: $200 for both virtual and in-person participants
  • Optional In-person Experience: USD $3,500 to cover housing, some meals, insurance, orientation, local excursion, and campus activities.

Application and Dates

Priority Review Date: March 15, 2024

Decision Date:  rolling decision date March 15, 2024
Commit for In-Person: April 15, 2024

Application Material:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Statement of Interests (1-page), including:
    • Research area(s) of Interest
    • Potential faculty to work with (see: )
    • Interest for in-person experience 
    • Dates of availability (virtual and/or in-person)
    • Special financial needs and outstanding academic qualifications for scholarship

To apply and inquiries, please contact Ms. Mellissa Woodhams via email

In-person Program Details

The health and safety of the RIT community is a priority. RIT measures have been put into to protect our students, faculty, staff, and the greater community. For the most updated information about RIT's measures and response please visit the website. The RIT Global Office will also work closely with students regarding arrival, quarantine, testing, and other health and safety precautions as they prepare to travel to Rochester, NY.


Students will be living in RIT’s newest and most popular residential and commercial complex – Global Village.

The suite-style housing provides single bedrooms, access to a full kitchen, meeting spaces, wireless internet access, laundry facilities and much more.

The Global Village complex includes a global food market, hair salon, gift shop, dining options, and a courtyard with a fire pit and outdoor seating.

Events and Excursions

An orientation event will be hosted upon arrival to welcome students to campus.

Students will participate in a group excursion to Niagara Falls, USA followed by an outing in Rochester such as a Rochester Redwings baseball game and fireworks display.

An end of program celebration event. 

F-1 Student Visa Support and Health Insurance

RIT will issue each in-person participant an I-20 to begin the F-1 Student visa application. Students are responsible for the SEVIS fee as well as any visa fees required by the U.S. Embassy.

Students will be automatically enrolled in the RIT Basic Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Policy. Cost of this health insurance is included for each student in the program fee.

Meal Plan

Students will be provided with a meal plan while at RIT equivalent to USD $15/day. RIT Dining Services is committed to providing students with a variety of food to suit many different cultural, religious, and dietary needs. Students will find both Halal and vegetarian options served as well as the ability to cook for oneself.

Campus Facilities

All participants are encouraged to take full advantage of all the state-of-the-art facilities, whether it’s in the classroom, labs, or in the 15,000 sq. meter recreational facility – the RIT Gordon Field House.

Campus is safe and secure on 1,300 acres with blue-light emergency notification kiosks, a well-staffed police department, student health center and our own ambulance service.

Note: Access to some campus facilities and equipment may be limited by COVID health and safety precautions.