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Computer Science Students Research Programming Language
Posted by Pengxeu Thao '15, Roseville on Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2014
Elena Machkasova, associate professor of computer science, is one of 11 University of Minnesota, Morris professors partnering with students on the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Undergraduate Summer Research Program. Machkasova selected Emma Sax (HHMI) ’17, Edina, Henry Fellows (HHMI) ’16, Arden Hills, and Aaron Lemmon (Morris Academic Partnership) ’16, Alexandria, for this opportunity. Together, they are looking for ways to make introductory computer science courses more user-friendly.
Their research involves integrating Clojure, a programming language, into introductory-level computer science courses. Clojure prepares beginning students for higher-level classes as well as future careers, making it an essential tool. However, it presents difficulties like complicated error messages, inconvenient menus, and lack of an integrated development environment.