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  • 4th Annual High School Programming Contest!

    Monmouth University’s Computer Science and Software Engineering Department looks forward to hosting area students and teachers once again at our 2019 High School Programming Contest on Friday, March 1.

    We hope that this fun and challenging programming opportunity will be as enjoyable and rewarding for teachers and students as they’ve told us our previous competitions were.

    Our competition this year is open for up to 24 teams of 3 students/team.

    Registration is available through: Eventbright

    In the past, available slots filled within several days, so we urge you to register your teams asap. Once 24 slots are taken, remaining teams will go on a waitlist. We ask all participants to let us know if they do not need all of their registered team spots, so we can make that spot available to another team.

    The Details: Team Composition

    Each team consists of no more than three (3) students. Schools can send 1 to 4 teams, accompanied by one or two high school faculty and/or administrators.

    No later than Friday 2/1/19, we would like teachers to email Prof. Jamie Kretsch the following:

    1. the name and academic year of each participant, organized by team. Please include the school name, since some districts are represented by multiple schools.

      • All student members must be currently enrolled at the high school they represent.

      • If the teacher accompanying the team to the competition is other than the individual who registered the team, please include the name of the advisor and their position in the school.

      • If other school administrators would like to come, they are absolutely welcome but please provide that information in advance.

    2. An agreed-upon name for each team, related to the high school name and including “CS” in it (e.g. MiddSouthRocksCS1 or OceanACS). It’ll be used as a social media tag!

    3. A scanned copy of the completed, signed Photo Release form for EACH team member. Any school that does not provide signed Photo Release forms prior to the contest cannot be recognized. Download the Photo Release Form.

    4. T-shirt size for all attendees.

    5. Any special needs, including dietary, for any participant.

    6. Transportation plan – we have been asked to provide information in advance on how many buses (full-size? mini?) will be dropping off students. There is no parking on campus for busses, but several shopping areas are nearby.

    The Details: Preliminary Contest Information, stay tuned for updates

    The contest venue will consist of 2 buildings on the Monmouth University campus

    • Our School of Science home, Edison Science building, recently renovated (it is stunning!) will host the main meeting space in the School of Science Atrium, Edison 201. Signs will direct you to the Atrium entrance upon your arrival.

    • Computer lab facilities are in Howard Hall, located just across the hall from the Atrium.

    Buses and cars can enter the University through the Larchwood Ave entrance and discharge passengers near the Leon Hess School of Business. The walkway between the School of Business and Pozycki Hall will lead you directly to the Science Atrium. Buses that remain in the area will be asked to park off-campus after drop-off.

    Contestants should arrive at the Registration Desk in the Atrium between 8:30-9:15am. The program will start promptly at 9:30 am.  Please refer to the 2019 Schedule page for the event schedule.

    Teams will receive a package that includes the schedule, rules and instructions on how to electronically submit a program for judging.

  • 2018 Warm Wishes

    Now that the spring semester has arrived, let’s take a look at how students are helping their future bloom in 2018. We’re seeing an increase in students looking into exciting summer internships, pursuing work and research opportunities, applying for conference scholarships, and  more becoming involved in campus and department activities.

    We want to take this moment to point out that we share on our Facebook page many internship and summer research opportunities for all students. As we write this blog there is a summer research opportunity with New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) posted (funded by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates) that we are encouraging students to apply for, as well as an internship opportunity with the NJ Cyber Security and Communications Integration Cell (NJCSCIC). These opportunities and more will be posted on our Facebook page when they come to our attention; so it is important that you take the time to check it out and “like” the page!

    Also on our MUCSSE Facebook page is an application to be a scholar at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC), the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. It provides an amazing chance to learn from women in computing and engineering, to meet people from all over the world, and to meet prospective tech employers. Check out what previous students who attended this past year, 2017, said in our blog post.

    We urge you to keep an eye open for notices like the GHC scholar application and internship/research opportunities. We also encourage students that involvement with on-campus activities is often important in applications for off-campus opportunities.

    We hope to see all of our students increase their involvement this semester; in particular we’re excited about the upcoming High School Programming Contest on February 23. This is our third offering of the Competition; area high schools bring teams of three students to engage in a contest where the student teams, without any outside assistance, solve an array of different programs (pun intended!). All students have a great time, meet with university students, hear inspiring speakers and compete for top prizes awarded by industry sponsors. We rely heavily on MU student assistance, so be sure to join us at the upcoming IEEE meeting  on February 14 to sign up and help at this event. And, of course, all returning and new students are welcome to join IEEE/ACM.

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