Computer science students excel in programming competition


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8:22 a.m., Nov. 19, 2010----Two teams from the University of Delaware's Department of Computer and Information Sciences competed in the Association for Computing Machinery's (ACM) MidAtlantic USA regional programming contest Nov. 6.

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Participants for the UD Gold team included Andrew Chester, Kevin Graney and Alex Stachnik. Representing UD Blue were Michelle Allen, Christopher Continisio and James Kerrigan.

The contest involved 157 teams from 64 schools competing at nine sites including Duke University and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. UD Gold finished 24th regionally and second among those competing from a site at Washington College in Chestertown, Md. UD Blue received an honorable mention.

“This is a fine showing in a tough contest,” said David Saunders, computer science professor, adding that only 34 of the 157 teams solved two or more problems in the competition.

ACM is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society. The ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest is an annual activity that challenges college students to demonstrate and sharpen their problem-solving and computing skills. Top teams in each region advance to the ACM World Finals, held next year in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Article by Karen B. Roberts