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CIS Students Finalists for National Student Coding Challenge

CIS students Yen-Chieh Huang '17 (IS), Nikita DuBnov '17 (IS), and Jorg Doku '17 (CS) have been named top-three finalists for a national student coding contest sponsored by Pearson, an international learning company. The teammates are competing with the other finalists to design innovative learning applications with measurable impacts on learner outcomes.

The teammates developed an app called MINT, as essay editor that freshens content by assessing uniqueness of words, providing definition assistance and helps the writer find articles related to their topic to support their article. A main component of the contest  is developing learning applications that integrate with Pears Application Programming Interfaces (APIs). The MINT eassay application uses the APIs to search for new content on the same page the writer is making edits to his/her essay. “This is a main features for MINT, as it reduces the unnecessary movement from page to page and from search engine to search engine,” said Huang.

The CIS team will present their entry at the Pearson offices in Denver, CO on February 5, when the place winners will be announced. Cash prizes will be awarded as will as internship opportunities within Pearson.