Maryland History Day Awards

Eugene J. Becker Award for Excellence in Cybersecurity and Cryptology

Gene Becker

In late 2018, the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation established the Eugene J. Becker Award for Excellence in Cybersecurity and Cryptology for the Maryland History Day Contest with the Maryland Humanities Council (MDHC). This annual statewide contest involves over 450 students, 85 judges, plus parents and teachers. The winners go on to represent Maryland at the National History Day contest in June.

During the contest, there are categories for Junior and Senior school participants. Judges have guidelines for a variety of subjects, including the Foundation's special award topics such as cryptology, innovation, and cybersecurity.

Gene had a distinguished career in intelligence, and along with a few other pioneers was instrumental in guiding the Foundation during its early days. He served as the Foundation's president from 2006 to 2014. Even after retiring from his position as president, Gene remained involved and connected with the Museum and Foundation. He passed away in June 2018, but will always be remembered.

A special ceremony was held in October 2018 to honor Gene and the donations made in his honor. His family and friends requested that the donations be directed toward education endeavors. Learn more about Gene via the special ceremony page and via his In Memoriam Registry page.

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