On March 13, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) students gathered in the Business and Information Technology Building on campus as recruits for the upcoming CSUMB 2023 Programming Team.
Around 15 students attended the meeting, which began with an important overview of what they can expect from the cohort and was followed by a coding workshop where students collaborated and shared ideas to answer a handful of coding questions.
The Programming Team is a community of learners open to anyone interested in enhancing their problem-solving, communication and teamwork skills through preparation and participation in competitive programming platforms.
The aim of the program is to boost Computer Science students’ programming skills and additionally create a competitive CSUMB team to participate in coding competitions against other universities.
The cohort is led by CSUMB professor and coach Shahidul Islam, co-coach and alumnus Donald Dong and programming team lead Dominic Sagen.
The cohort is also an opportunity to be part of a close-knit community of students who share a common interest and passion. Members of the team will work closely together, sharing ideas, collaborating on projects and supporting each other both in and out of competitions.
In Fall 2022, the Programming Team competed in the International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) Pacific Northwest Regional Contest held at CSU-Chico on Feb. 25, 2022 and ranked top 20 (7th and 20th) in the Division 2 contest among more than 60 teams from different universities in the Pacific Northwest (PacNW) region.
They will conduct weekly workshops to help programmers hone and improve their skills for technical interviews as well as prepare them for competitions such as the ICPC PacNW.
To ensure that the team is always at the top of its game, members will receive regular training and coaching from experienced programmers and students, who will provide guidance and support as they prepare for competitions.
Team selection for who will be representing the 2023 CSUMB Programming Team and competing in the ICPC PacNW will be held in August and September.
Recruitment meetings for CSUMB’s new 2023 Programming Team will continue to be held weekly on Mondays and Fridays in the Business and Information Technology Building on campus.