"The Binary Bears"
Binary Bears

Binary Bears
Who are "The Binary Bears"?:

The Mercer University Binary Bears are the universitys premier computer programming team. The group meets weekly with Dr. Andy Digh and practices for various competitions around the country. The team made the 2007 World Finals and ranked top 8% in the world that year after tying for 1st place in the Southeast and beating Georgia Tech.

They have also had five straight years among the best 10 teams in the ACM Southeastern Regionals and Winners of the 2010, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2002, and 1995 CCSC Titles!

The Binary Bears Historical Record

2004 3rd Place ACM; 1st Place CCSC
2005 5th Place ACM; 1st Place CCSC
2006 2nd Place ACM; 1st Place CCSC; World Finals Honorable Mention
2007 8th Place ACM; 1st Place CCSC
2008 27th Place ACM; 4th Place CCSC
2009 25th Place ACM; 5th Place CCSC

How to join:
Contact Andy Digh at

"Cyber Defense Team"
Cyber Defense 2nd Place Trophy

Cyber Defense Team
Who are "Cyber Defense Team"?:

Mercer Universitys Cyber Defense team competes in various competitions across the country that test the teams resilance to computer network security attacks. The team meets weekly to study and practice network security skills.

Teams are scored based on their ability to detect and respond to outside threats, maintain availability of existing services such as mail servers and web servers, respond to business requests such as the addition or removal of additional services, and balance security needs against business needs.

IST 285 and IST 485 are offered to help prepare students for Cyber Defense Competitions

Cyber Defense Team Historical Record

2012 2nd Place at South East Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition

How to join:
Contact Michael Powell at


What is "MUGTUG"?:

MUGTUG (Mercer University Google Technology Users Group) is a group for people who are interested in Googles developer technology. They study and pursue everything from the Android and App Engine platforms, to product APIs like the YouTube API and the Google Calendar API, to initiatives like OpenSocial, and topics such as HTML5.

This is a great way to learn topics that would not be typically taught in the classroom environment, but would look GREAT on resumes. We meet every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in CSB 204.

How to join:
Contact Levi Lewis at

"Upsilon Pi Epsilon"

What is "Upsilon Pi Epsilon"?:

Upsilon Pi Epsilon is an honorary society whose membership consists of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in Computer Science. Prospective members must be working toward a degree in Computing Science at the time they are considered for membership. Members are chosen not only for their scholastic achievement in a computing science program, but also for distinguishing themselves as true professionals by meeting the standards of the society.

Membership is limited to those who can effectively achieve the original goals of the society which are:
- Professor recognition of outstanding talent in the field of computing science
- The promotion of high scholarship in computing science
- The establishment and maintenance of high standards in computing science
- The representation of computing science in interdisciplinary communications
- The encouragement of individual contributions to society through computing science

A computer science professor will contact students that have acheived the goals stated above.