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Computer science students seek software projects



Fairbanks, Alaska—University of Alaska Fairbanks computer science students are now accepting proposals for software design projects for class.

The projects allow students to gain real-world experience while local government, public service and private organizations gain software free of charge. Typical prices for commercial custom software development projects done annually by UAF students can be up to $40,000. The projects often require more than 650 hours of development per team of three to five students.

Students have developed more than 65 successful projects over the last two decades. In previous years, students have created software for organizations like Love INC, Fairbanks North Star Borough, City of North Pole, Bureau of Land Management, Fairbanks Taxi, University of Alaska Museum of the North, and the National Weather Service.

Each completed project has presented student teams with a new set of challenges. Project clients are partners in the educational process by working with students to clarify requirements and being involved in the evaluation of the student project outcomes.

Review of submissions will begin Monday, Nov. 14, 2011. The final deadline for submissions is Friday, Dec. 2, 2011. Submissions can be made by email to uaf-cs-dept@alaska.edu or by regular mail to: Department of Computer Science, University of Alaska Fairbanks, P.O. Box 756670, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6670. Proposals should include a basic description of your organization’s needs and contact information. Direct phone inquiries to 907-474-2777.

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