UNT Student Receives Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security

Dralia Tulley-Patton, a Computer Science undergraduate student, was awarded a $5,000 Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS).

SWSIS is offered by the Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA), the Computing Research Association's Committee on the Status of Women in Computing Research (CRA-W), and the Hewlett Packard Company. The scholarship supports exceptional students in their final two years as an undergraduate or pursuing a Master’s degree.  Interest in the security field, as evidenced by coursework, internships, research, or club involvement is required.

Tulley-Patton said that she became interested in cyber security after working last summer with Dr. Hassan Takabi (in the center of the photo) on security in electroencephalography (EEG) technology. Since then, she has been working on a directed study focused on Insider Threat Detection Using Natural Language Processing (NLP) techniques. Tulley-Patton is exploring the use of NLP in analyzing the differences between the language of a typical employee and the language of an insider who poses a security threat, and she is pursuing this research with Drs. Hassan Takabi and Rodney Nielsen (to the left in the photo).

Previously, Tulley-Patton received a $1,000 scholarship in computer science during her sophomore year and has been on the dean’s list for four semesters. Additionally, she attended the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing during the Fall 2015 semester and the Women in Cybersecurity conference during the Spring 2016 semester. Tulley-Patton will graduate next spring and plans to pursue a Ph.D. at UNT.


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