Faculty Academic Enrichment
Stetson University's distinguished faculty represents a wide variety of expertise. Many Stetson professors teach special classes designed for high ability students that enjoy the breadth and depth of study afforded by these classes. These courses present an opportunity for students to investigate new fields of study, work with an expert, and collaborate with like-minded students. Topics vary widely and include languages, science, and computer topics.
Computer Science: Cybersecurity
Cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing fields of computer science. Cyber threats, cyber warfare, state-sponsored hacking, phishing and ransomware are mentioned in mainstream media virtually every day and potentially threaten our personal, corporate and national security and way of life.
During the 2019 course, students will cycle among "white hat" and "black hat" hacking roles in order to understand both perspectives: those that defend against attacks, and those that perform attacks. Students will practice initiating and defending against a variety of common attacks: denial of service, phishing, password cracking, man-in-the-middle interception, and penetration testing and exploitation. Various fundamental programming techniques such as conditionals, loops, functions, arrays and network programming will be taught in the Python language in order to develop automated attacks and defense strategies.
About the instructor: Joshua Eckroth, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stetson University. Eckroth earned his Ph.D. at Ohio State University in computer science with an emphasis in artificial intelligence. His research interests lie in machine learning, cybersecurity and computer science pedagogy.
This class will be held June 24-28, 2019.
Environmental Science: Central Florida's Waterways
Do you care about the environment and love being outdoors? If so, this Central Florida experience is for you.
- Explore the beauty of Volusia County's waterways.
- Learn with Stetson faculty and local environmental experts.
- Participate in research and action that address some of Florida's greatest environmental issues.
Registration for this course will be open soon.
Tech Trek is an exciting new week-long residential summer camp for girls between their seventh and eighth grade year focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Tech Trek is expanding to two Florida university campuses during the summer of 2019. One will be held at Stetson University in Deland, while the other will be at Florida Atlantic University in Jupiter.
The American Association of University Women supports this successful program nationally, and AAUW Florida is organizing the two camps in Florida. Tech Trek has been a successful program across the country since the 1990’s. Last year, the AAUW Florida Tech Trek camp served 64 girls. This year we hope to serve 96 girls.
The Tech Trek camp model requires that girls be nominated by their current seventh grade science or math teachers prior to applying and being selected for attendance.
Russian Language Experience
Learn the foundations of the Russian language, spoken over 11 time zones and declared a critical language by the US government. Each class consists of a language session followed by refreshments, and a content session that expands on the linguistic and cultural topics covered each month. There will be an online component connecting each class, creating a cumulative mini-course in the Russian language. Come to all sessions to complete your passport. These classes are offered to students in grades 8-12 and taught by the distinguished faculty in Stetson's Program in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.