Student Paper Competition

Student Paper Competition Instructions

The White Hat Conference Paper Awards will be presented to the winning team of each participating institution. Teams, comprised of students and a faculty coach, will be judged on original, unpublished papers presented at the 2022 White Hat Conference.


  • First Place Winner: $500 prize
  • Second Place Winner: $300 prize
  • Third Place Winner: $200 prize


Undergraduate and graduate students, including master’s and doctoral students; multiple faculty members can mentor student contestants, but students need to be the first authors.

Paper Topic:

Papers may be on any topic from any academic discipline but must focus on cybercrime and cybersecurity.

Paper Format:

Academic papers should be between 6,000 to 9,000 words in length, including footnotes, though not including references. Papers must be submitted using the APA citation format, including in-text citations and reference lists. Authors should adhere to the IJCIC paper format. Please see more instructions for authors at the following link:

Submission and Deadlines:

One entry per student; papers and abstracts should be submitted by the student author.

April 15, 2022: 300-word abstract submission deadline

May 15, 2022: paper submission deadline

Send submissions (both abstract and paper) as an e-mail attachment to the Corresponding Guest Editor: Dr. Thomas Dearden at (Please put “Student Paper Competition” in the subject line.)