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Miami students develop award-winning software

10/15/1999

Two systems analysis students at Miami University are making a mark in their field long before graduation.

Christopher Davenport, a senior from Oxford, and Jeremy Grieshop, a junior from Coldwater, placed second in the student division of a national software design contest sponsored by Novell, a large networking software company.

Davenport and Grieshop won for designing CourseShare 1.0, a program that manages student, faculty and course-sharing resources through any Web browser.

"Professors have been using electronic resources for quite a while. CourseShare standardizes the way those resources are utilized. It makes it easier for everyone--students, instructors and systems administrators," Grieshop said.

Davenport and Grieshop developed CourseShare 1.0 based on a suggestion from Boyd Wilson, computer resources manager in the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

"Miami is well-known for providing a high-quality liberal arts education," Wilson said. "Chris and Jeremy are two of the many reasons why our science and technical programs are equally worthy of praise."

Novell awarded Davenport and Grieshop $2,500 and a subscription to DeveloperNet, an online resource for systems analysis professionals. The pair hopes to have CourseShare 1.0 in use at Miami soon, with marketing efforts at other universities to follow.

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