Taylor University says a $100,000 grant from Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) coincides with the university’s newly-launched major in cybersecurity. The funding was awarded to Taylor’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering to perform computer virus research for the company’s Advanced Technology Labs.

Classes for the new cybersecurity major will begin in the spring semester and the university says students will participate in the research for the Lockheed Martin project. Between 3-5 students will continue the project during the summer months as well.

"Our students will be engaged in open ended inquiry and discovery during this course and as part of the grant," said Dannie Stanley, assistant professor of computer science and engineering at Taylor. "It will be a great opportunity for our students as undergraduates to engage in scientific research that is normally reserved graduate students at numerous other universities."

Stefan Brandle, professor of computer science and engineering at Taylor, says the timing of the grant is perfect because of the new major, which includes a course about reverse engineering computer viruses and other code. The university says the major is designed to meet the curricular and learning outcome standards of the Association for Computing Machinery and the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense.