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CIS and Tech to Host First Girls-Only High School Programming Contest

After six years of holding successful High School Programming Contests each spring, Coordinator and Cornell Computer Science Professor Robbert Van Renesse has been excited about the experience and the results but also aware that female participants have been under-represented in the contests both on campus and at Cornell Tech. 

“This year we are organizing a separate High School Girls Programming Contest as a way to prepare high school girls for competition programming and encourage them to participate in the general contest coming up in April. The event will include a one hour ‘tips and tricks’ session followed by a two-hour competition that will feature easy to medium hard programming problems. The contest will be held simultaneously on the Ithaca and Cornell Tech campuses,” said Van Renesse. Participants will be grouped into teams of three ranging in levels of programming experience. The team that solves the most problems wins.

Immediately after the contest and awards, a female professor will give a tech talk for the students followed by a reception.  The contest will be held Saturday, February 23 from noon to 4:30 pm in Gates Hall on the Cornell campus as well as at Cornell Tech.

For info on the Ithaca contest please contact Vanessa Maley at and for the Cornell Tech contest please contact Gordon Campbell at