White Hat Conference Student Paper Competition

Student Paper Competition Guidelines

White Hat Conference Paper Awards will be presented to the winning team of each participating institution, with the victorious team notified the day following their presentation. Teams, comprised of students and a faculty coach, will be judged on original, unpublished papers presented at the 2023 White Hat Conference. The competition winner team of each institution must submit abstracts through the IJCIC and register to attend the White Hat Conference through the Center for CIC by the deadline.
Final manuscripts must be received by May 15, 2023.

Students may submit no more than one paper. Students planning to participate in undergraduate or graduate section competitions must adhere to the eligibility, IJCIC paper format, submission process, and other requirements of the sections to which they are applying.

The winning papers will be considered for publication in the special 2023 issue of the International Journal of Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity (IJCIC).


  • 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 & Instructions:

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: https://vc.bridgew.edu/ijcic/policies.html

Papers should include two separate attachments:

  • Cover page including paper title, student name, faculty advisor name, institution, and student’s contact information (mailing address, phone number, and e-mail).
  • Paper itself, with no identifying information included other than the title on the individual pages.

Failure to meet these conditions will render the submission ineligible for consideration.

Submission and Deadlines:

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

April 30, 2023: Paper submission deadline

Send submissions (both abstract and paper) as an e-mail attachment to the Corresponding Guest Editor: Dr. Thomas Dearden at tdearden@vt.edu.

Please include “Student Paper Competition” in the subject line.