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NJIT to Host Computer Programming Contest for High School Students

The computer science department at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) hosts its second annual computer programming contest for high school students on Feb. 25, 2005.

“Some students excel on a basketball court, some on a soccer field, others in computer programming; this contest will attract students who excel in programming, problem-solving and agile thinking,” said Narain Gehani, PhD, chairman of NJIT’s Computer Science Department.

Fifty-three teams from New Jersey schools have registered for the contest, which is sponsored by IBM, Hewlett-Packard and John Wiley and Sons, Inc. The competition will take place in NJIT’s computer lab in the student mall.

Editor’s Note: Journalists who would like to cover the contest, call Robert Florida, NJIT Public Relations, at (973) 596-5203.

Each high school will enter a team composed of as many as three juniors. The teams have up to three hours to solve programming problems.

The first-place winning team will receive a $500 cash award for its high school. Each team member will receive either $4,000 applicable to NJIT tuition or $400 in cash plus an IBM personal digital assistant. The second-place team receives a $300 cash award for its high school. Each member will win either $2,000 for NJIT tuition or $200 cash awards. The third-place team will receive a $300 dollar cash award for its high school, and each member will get either $1,000 in NJIT tuition or $100 cash awards. Participating teams will receive two free copies of Java textbooks.  For more details about the contest, visit http://cs.njit.edu/contest/, or call Michael Baltrush, PhD, associate professor of computer science, at (973) 596-3386.

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.