LETU Computer Programming Team Earns Honorable Mention, Trip to Russia


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.

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