HPU Students Take First, Second Place at Research Conference

HIGH POINT, N.C., Dec. 16, 2011 – Four students majoring in computer science at High Point University recently won awards for their research presentations at the Association of Computing Machinery Mid-Southeast Conference.

As part of the conference, students in undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs across the region presented their findings in various research projects, including three presentations from HPU students.

Among the research presented at the conference, HPU students won three undergraduate research awards, including first place for Samantha Allen’s research, “Improving the Ranking System for the U.S. Census Bureau”; second place for Christian Weingandt and Thomas Langford’s research, “Using Bump Technology as an Economics Simulation Tool”; and an honorable mention for Zachary Shore’s research, “Real-Time Physics Simulation in a Cube-Based Game World.”

“The faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at HPU are extremely supportive of their students,” says Allen, who is a senior majoring in math and computer science at HPU. “I’m convinced that we achieved all what we did because we were challenged and supported by our professors.”

The ACM Mid-Southeast Conference is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to advancing the arts, sciences and applications of information technology. As part of their awards, the students received a plaque and a cash prize.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

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