2007 TopCoder Collegiate Challenge
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Prestigious Professor Award

Is there a special Professor out there who deserves some recognition? Want to win a FREE trip to the TCCC finals at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida? Here's your chance to tell us about your extraordinary professor and win!

The contest

Tell us about a professor that has made a profound difference in your life by nominating them for the 2007 TopCoder Collegiate Challenge Prestigious Professor Award. TopCoder will choose the top 10 nominations and post them on the TCCC website for the community to vote for their favorite. The top THREE professors, and the members who nominated them, will win a free trip to the TCCC07 in Orlando, Florida.

Who can compete

In order to be eligible, you must be a rated and active TopCoder member who is 18 years of age or older as of August 13, 2007.

How it will work

Tell us why you think your professor should win in 250 words or less by clicking here. TopCoder staff will read through the submissions and select the ten finalists. The winning submissions, as chosen by community vote, will be featured in the TCCC07 program and on the TopCoder website.

What you get

The top three winning members and professors win an expenses-paid trip to Orlando, including airfare, hotel and meals paid for by TopCoder.

Important dates

Submit your entry now! The deadline for submission is Friday, September 21, 2007, at 5:00 PM EDT. Submissions received after that time will not be considered. The online voting will take place from September 24 - 25. The lucky winners will be announced on the website and via email on October 1, 2007.


Each eligible member may make only one submission. Submissions must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Submission must be 250 words or less
  • Submission must be written in English
  • Submission must be made through the online form. No email submissions will be allowed.

The winners must be able to travel to Orlando, Florida, USA from October 30 - November 2, 2007 and must possess the necessary documents and/or visas to travel to the U.S.

Be sure to read through the full rules and regulations.

What we're looking for

Here are some specific key items we suggest including in your submission:

  • Why you consider you professor to be a positive influence
  • Some examples of how your professor has helped you in the past
  • What makes your professor stand out among the rest of the teachers you have had in your educational career
  • Creativity

We look forward to reading your submissions and learning about extraordinary educators worldwide!