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Release: March 15, 2001

UI student is finalist in website competition

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa student Brandon Miller is a finalist in the ThinkQuest Internet Challenge March 17-19 at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, in Geneva, Switzerland.

ThinkQuest is a non-profit organization that matches students from across the world to design educational websites. Miller and two Minnesota high school students developed a website called Dinosaur Treks and were selected finalists from an international pool of more than 6,800 students from 85 countries. Only 70 students were chosen as finalists in 2000's Internet Challenge.

"Participating in ThinkQuest and being chosen as a finalist in this competition has truly been an exciting and rewarding experience. There are very few opportunities like ThinkQuest, which allow multi-talented teenagers from every continent to create team projects that can be viewed by anyone around the world. Going to Switzerland for the awards ceremony is certainly a wonderful perk as well," Miller said.

Miller of Clarion, Iowa, is a sophomore in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business majoring in accounting and management information sciences.

ThinkQuest teams work for more than eight months to gather data, conduct research, and learn about the Internet as an educational medium as they build educationally rich sites. Upon completion, the student-created entries become a permanent part of the ThinkQuest Library, which is made freely available to teachers, students, and Internet users across the world. Miller's site is in the ThinkQuest Library at

For more information, see his online portfolio at