Project Contest

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The goal of the computer science fall project contest is to showcase the types of work that ISU CS students work on. We thank all who submit a project. This is great experience for you and helps the department show off your work to the outside world.

Awards may be given for the following categories: 100 level coursework, 200 level coursework, 3/4/500 level coursework, 600 level coursework, games, data science, algorithms, teaching. And if deemed appropriate we may declare a "best" project in some other categories as well.

Format and Submission

Each submission should be a one page slide (pdf preferred, exported/saved from powerpoint, google slides, etc.). The slide should contain the following information.

  • Project name
  • Category - if done as part of a course, indicate which course, and if not then you could put "personal project" or something along those lines.
  • Link to sourcecode - on github,,, or somewhere you have posted the code that is publicly accessible.
  • Goal - what problem is trying to be solved / what is the purpose of the project.
  • Description - a few bullet points or sentences describing the project.
  • Graphic - some screenshot, chart, or some kind of figure related to the project. Include a caption if the figure is not self explanatory.

You can check sample submissions to see good examples of the above (thanks to Zach Noble for providing these).

Other Rules

  • Multiple submissions - you may submit as many different submissions as you like.
  • Posting of projects - by submitting you agree to have your submission posted on the department website/wiki. You can opt-out by asking to not have your submission posted, though this might impact your ability to be declared a winner.


  • Winners will be declared based on feedback from CS faculty and/or graduate assistants. Judging will be based on some combination of the following: functionality of the program, how interesting is the idea, how tricky or complicated is the problem, how elegant is the solution, how well-organized/documented is the code.
  • Winners will be declared in some subset/superset of the categories mentioned at the top of this page. Honorable mentions might also be declared.