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LETU Computer Programmimg Team Earns Honorable Mention, Trip to Russia

LETU Computer Programmimg Team Earns Honorable Mention, Trip to Russia

POSTED: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 6:14pm

LeTourneau University team of computer science majors competed in the University of Chicago's 2013 Invitational Programming Contest this past weekend.

Even up against stiff competition from universities like Stanford, MIT, and Columbia, the LETU team still managed to earn themselves an honorable mention.

The contest was open only to teams who already qualified for the 2013 ICPC world finals, which the LETU team qualified for last year when they took first place in the 2012 South Central USA Regional ICPC.

Since the ICPC doesn't distinguish between universities with undergraduate and graduate programs, the LETU team of only undergraduates faced the extra challenge of taking on teams which included graduate student members.

“LETU is the only undergraduate school in our region that has sent teams to the World Finals since 1993, when a team from Abilene Christian University was invited,” said LETU computer science professor Dr. Brent Baas, the team's faculty sponsor.

The team members won't be resting anytime soon, though, because they are already planning for their next competition: the ICPC World Finals from June 30 - July 4 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

LeTourneau University is an interdenominational Christ-centered university located in Longview, Texas, with undergraduate and graduate programs online and at education centers around the state. Academic majors include aviation, business, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, engineering, health care administration, health science-nursing, human services, kinesiology, the liberal arts, the sciences and psychology.

Claiming every workplace in every nation as their mission field, LeTourneau University graduates are professionals of ingenuity and Christ-like character who see life’s work as a holy calling with eternal impact.

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