News Briefs 11/12

News Briefs

Bucknell in Northern Ireland Applications accepted on rolling basis

The applications for Bucknell in Northern Ireland 2011 (May 14-June 4) are due Monday, Nov. 15. Admission is on a rolling basis and the program is capped at 20 students. Program administrators encourage interested students to apply sooner rather than later because if the program does not run this year, it is likely to not run in the future. Students can apply for the Bucknell in Northern Ireland program even if they are planning to study abroad this spring as long as the program dates are compatible with their study abroad host university’s. The program includes a 1.5 credit Bucknell course, EDUC/PSYC 330, “Conflict and Peace in Northern Ireland,” and has no prerequisites. Application forms and program information can be found at the program website:

University engineers place third in National ChemE Car Competition

University engineers placed third in the national ChemE Car Competition in Salt Lake City, Utah last weekend—the University’s best finish since the national competition started in 1999. The competition is a test to design, build and power a vehicle using alternative fuels and innovative materials. Cornell University and Florida State University placed first and second, respectively. The event was sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). Approximately 32 colleges and universities competed in this year’s competition.

University teams compete in “Battle of the Brains”

Four University teams battled head-to-head in the regional “Battle of the Brains” computer programming contest last weekend. The teams traveled to Wilkes University in Scranton, Pa. The Bucknell team called “Team” finished best, placing second among 25 local teams and 17th out of 157 teams from the mid-Atlantic region. 
Only the first place regional team advances to the world finals in Egypt. The Association for Computing Machinery International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM-ICPC) is considered the most prestigious computer programming competition of its kind, challenging teams of three students to use their programming skills and rely on their mental endurance to solve complex, real-world problems under a five-hour deadline.

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