Microsoft Invests Over $50 Million in Programs to Aid Students and Faculty

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 12, 1996 — As part of its continuing commitment to higher education, Microsoft Corp. is again joining with the ACM, the Association for Computing, to present this year’s International Collegiate Programming Contest. Microsoft will also introduce two programs designed to provide faculty and students access to information and tools: the Microsoft®
Developer Curriculum Project and the Microsoft Developer Division Instructional Lab Grant Program.

The ACM Programming Contest, to be held in Philadelphia on Feb. 17, 1996, showcases top collegiate programming talent, giving students a chance to display their knowledge and problem-solving expertise. Teams from 43 schools worldwide will compete for $31,500 in educational scholarships to be divided among the top six teams. In addition to the scholarships, Microsoft will donate software licenses valued at an estimated $12 million (approximate retail prices) to the 1,000 schools that participated in this year’s regional contests.

“Microsoft shares the ACM’s commitment to advancing education and achieving technical excellence in schools,”
said Joel Kanter, academic program manager at Microsoft.
“We consider our ability to provide students and faculty access to the latest tools and technologies to be a key investment in the next generation of the high-technology industry.”

“Today’s students and their faculty mentors are the cornerstone of tomorrow’s software development community,”
said Bill Poucher, ACM contest director and professor of computer science at Baylor University.
“We applaud Microsoft’s leadership in providing the technical foundation and investing in the 1,001 teams competing in the ACM Programming Contest worldwide.”

Microsoft Developer Curriculum Project

The Microsoft Developer Curriculum Project Web site, started in 1995, gives educators access to the information and tools they need to use the newest programming languages and database tools for supporting their courses. The project’s World Wide Web page, located at, links syllabuses and other materials from more than 200 two-year and four-year colleges and universities for courses in computer science, business information, math, sciences and engineering. The courses described on the Web site use Microsoft language and database products to teach all levels of programming skills and software development, as well as to illustrate how to use programming for problem solving. By spring 1996, the Web site will include links to materials for more than 400 courses.

Microsoft Developer Division Instructional Lab Grant Program

The Instructional Lab Grant Program awards software licenses for Microsoft development tools and operating systems to support courses in academic areas such as computer science, business-information technologies, engineering and math. The program, started in the spring of 1995, awards software licenses valued at $20 million to approximately 200 U.S. colleges and universities each year. In return, schools participating in the Lab Grant Program are asked to provide course syllabuses for the Microsoft Developer Curriculum Project. Starting Feb. 15, 1996, interested faculty can access the Microsoft Developer Curriculum Project Web site for the latest information about the Lab Grant Program or to download the online application. The deadline for submitting grant applications is April 30, 1996.

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The following are the final teams in the 1996 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest sponsored by Microsoft:

Albert-Ludwigs-Freiburg, Germany

Belgrade University, Yugoslavia

California Institute of Technology

Carleton College

Carnegie-Mellon University

Coe College

Columbia University

Comenius University, Slovakia

Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands

Florida Institute of Technology

Harvard University

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Louisiana State University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Moscow State University, Russia

National Taiwan University

Rice University

Shanghai University, China

Simon Fraser University

St. Petersburg Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics, Russia

Swarthmore College

Texas Technical University

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Tsinghua University, Taiwan

Universitat Ulm, Germany

University of Bucharest, Romania

University of California, Berkeley

University of Central Florida

University of Delaware

University of Kentucky

University of Miami

University of Missouri-Rolla

University of Nevada at Las Vegas

University of Queensland, Australia

University of Saskatchewan

University of Sofia, St. Kliment Ohridski, Bulgaria

University of Toronto

University of Utah

University of Waterloo

University of Auckland, New Zealand

Virginia Tech

Warsaw University, Poland

Wheaton College

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