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MU’s Morton second at Missouri Academy of Science competition

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With his web application to create a streamlined system for the tracking and recording of required study hours for an organization, University of Missouri information technology major Tyler Morton soared to second place in the computer science/math category at the annual Missouri Academy of Science.

With his web application to create a streamlined system for the tracking and recording of required study hours for an organization, University of Missouri information technology major Tyler Morton soared to second place in the computer science/math category at the annual Missouri Academy of Science. The competition was held on April 26 at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Mo.

The statewide event has taken place annually since 1934. It is intended to promote the increase and diffusion of scientific spirit in Missouri and cooperation among the state’s science communities. Participants were selected from submitted abstracts and were invited to present their research for judging.

Morton, a senior IT student, presented his capstone project, OrgStudy, which he said can provide organizations with an automated service to achieve success and improve academic performance.

“This will significantly reduce the work of the academic chair trying to do this manually through sign-in sheets and Excel pages,” Morton said. “Proposed features will include a calendar that is set up by the admin of the group to show the date, time, and location of proctored study sessions; a system to sign members in and out of study sessions and log their hours; a student dashboard to present organized data to the members; a database with statistical data accessible to the admin of the organization and more.”

Morton said he hadn’t previously had the opportunity to professionally present his work before judges, and the chance not only to present but to rub elbows with other students working toward a similar goal was a quality eye-opening experience. It also served as a big boost to his confidence, both personally and in his work.

“It was nice to meet and see other people there with the same goals and drive as myself, and to see their projects be presented as well,” he said. “It was a very friendly environment and not as intense as I thought it was going to be. Overall, it was a good experience, and I’m glad I did it.”