Marquette University to host more than 400 high school students for Wisconsin-Dairyland Programming Competition, April 20

April 18, 2022

Cudahy HallMILWAUKEE — Marquette University’s Department of Computer Science will host the 10th annual Wisconsin-Dairyland Programming Competition virtually and in-person on Wednesday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in buildings across campus, including Cudahy Hall, 1313 W. Wisconsin Ave.; Haggerty Hall, 1515 W. Wisconsin Ave.; and the Alumni Memorial Union, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

The event is being held by the Computer Science Teachers Association in conjunction with Marquette’s chapters of the Association for Computing Machinery, the Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women in Computing, and Upsilon Pi Epsilon International Honor Society.

The event is expected to have more than 400 participants from over 25 high schools from throughout the state of Wisconsin. Media interested in attending the event should contact Kevin Conway, associate director of university communication, at

The Wisconsin-Dairyland Programming Competition is intended to introduce high school students to the joys of computing and competitive programming. Three divisions are offered to welcome students of all computing levels: Java/Python, Scratch, and AP CSP. Java and Python are traditional programming languages, whereas Scratch is a block-based programming language that emphasizes creative problem-solving. AP CSP is intended to augment the curriculum of students in their AP Computer Science Principles course.

Event schedule:

  • Registration/Welcome: 8 a.m.
  • Practice problem: 8:30 a.m.
  • Competition: 9 a.m.-Noon
  • Lunch: 12:15 p.m.
  • Awards: 1 p.m.

More details on the specific competition details are available online at the Marquette ACM webpage.

This event is 100% Marquette student volunteer-run, from writing the questions for each division, judging the event and planning all other logistics of this day.

The Association for Computing Machinery is a student group consisting of a variety of people with diverse backgrounds who share a common interest in computers. The chapter works to promote knowledge and greater interest in the science, design, development, language, management and applications of modern computing.

The mission of Upsilon Pi Epsilon is to recognize academic excellence at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Computing and Information Disciplines. The Marquette chapter of UPE was chartered in 2001 and inducts qualified students from the computer science and computer engineering majors.

Marquette’s online Master of Science in Computer and Information Science program is ranked 14th (2022). According to U.S. News, the rankings for computer information technology programs are based on factors such as classroom engagement, faculty credentials and training, and student excellence. The Computer Science undergraduate program is ranked 191st (2022).

About Kevin Conway

Kevin Conway

Kevin is the associate director for university communication in the Office of University Relations. Contact Kevin at (414) 288-4745 or