Academic Honors and Awards | SANS.edu

Academic Honors and Awards | SANS.edu

Academic Honors and Awards

The SANS Technology Institute recognizes the commitment to excellence of our highest achieving students and bestows recognition of outstanding academic achievement to further distinguish those students who are becoming leaders in the cybersecurity community.

Undergraduate Honors

The Undergraduate Honors list is assessed and published twice a year based on cumulative academic performance with the program. Undergraduate students who have earned at least 6 credits in their academic program, have earned a GPA of at least 3.5 or higher, and are at an annualized course pace of 9 credits or greater are recognized with the distinction of Honors.

Dean's List

The graduate school Dean's List is assessed and published twice a year based on cumulative academic performance with the program. Students who have earned at least 6 credits in their academic program, have earned a GPA of at least 3.5 or higher, and are at an annualized course pace of 12 credits or greater for master's students, 6 credits or greater for graduate certificate students are recognized with the distinction of "Dean's List."

Assante Scholar Award

Mike Assante was the founder of the Industrial Control Systems Security (ICS) curriculum, ICS and SCADA Lead, and Director of Industrials and Infrastructure at SANS Institute. A pioneer in the field of industrial control system cyber security, Mike made a long list of remarkable contributions to the advancement of critical infrastructure system design, threat intelligence, detection, mitigation, and incident response capabilities within the ICS community. Mike passed away in 2019, but his legacy is one of innovation, relentlessness, and integrity. In recognition of his legacy, students are eligible to receive the Assante Scholar Award at both the undergraduate and graduate levels within the college.

Undergraduates who choose to focus in ICS, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, obtain a 90 or higher on the GIAC GCISP exam, and have demonstrated professionalism throughout their time in the program will be eligible to receive the award.

Graduate students in the Industrial Control Systems Security graduate certificate program who graduate with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 are eligible to receive the award. Graduate students in the master's degree program with a focus on Industrial Control Systems, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5, and an "A" in all ICS courses are eligible to receive the award.