Computer Science Students Make
Posted November 11, 2002
HOLLAND -- A total of five students from Hope
College presented their summer research projects at the
Consortium for Computing Sciences in College's Midwest
conference, which was held Friday-Saturday, Sept. 27-28, at
Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Ind.
One of the presentations was named among the top-
three student presentations at the conference. In addition,
a three-member Hope team placed third in a programming
contest held during the event.
The students were junior Carrie Halvorsen of
Traverse City, senior Marty Kane of Champaign, Ill., senior
Chad Kettner of Grand Rapids, senior Mike Kopchick of Grand
Rapids and senior Alex Sherstov of Karaganda, Kazakhstan.
Ben Occipinti and Josh Rowe, participants in the Hope
College Computer Science Research Experiences for
Undergraduates program from Grand Valley State University,
also presented their summer work at the conference.
Sherstov presented his paper "Vizualization of
Distributed Algorithms using DisViz," which was selected one
of the top three student works at the conference. Halvorsen
and Kane presented a poster on their work on electronic
textbooks, while Chad Kettner and Kopchick presented a
poster that described research into improving the ability of
search engines to respond appropriately to ambiguous search
Sherstov did his work under the direction of Dr.
Herb Dershem. The other four students all worked under Dr.
In addition to making their presentations, the
students participated in a programming contest held during
the conference. The team of Halvorsen, Kane and Sherstov
solved three out of the eight problems for a third-place
finish, while the team of Kettner, Kopchick and Ben
Occipinti correctly solved one problem.