[Bioperl-l] Google Summer of Code: Call for Bio* Volunteers
Mark A. Jensen
maj at fortinbras.us
Fri Feb 13 12:14:36 EST 2009
If my newbie status is not a barrier, I would be pleased to mentor
a student. If it is a barrier, I would be pleased to look at applications
or what have you.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Hilmar Lapp" <hlapp at gmx.net>
To: "bioPerl List" <bioperl-l at lists.open-bio.org>
Sent: Friday, February 13, 2009 11:53 AM
Subject: [Bioperl-l] Google Summer of Code: Call for Bio* Volunteers
> Google is committed to run the Summer of Code program  again this
> year. It will be for the 5th time.
> In broad strokes, the program funds what you might call remote summer
> internships for students to contribute to an open-source software
> project. Participating projects (or umbrella organizations) provide
> project ideas and supply mentors that guide the work on those.
> Students apply to a project within the program with specific project
> ideas, based on those suggested or based on their own idea, get ranked
> by the mentors of the project, and those accepted into the program get
> paired up with mentors. Projects are chiefly about programming, the
> coding period is 3 months (Jun-Aug), and there is no travel required
> by either student or mentor. The program is global; other than the US
> trade restrictions that Google is under, there are no restrictions as
> to where student or mentor reside. The main motivations behind the
> program are to recruit new contributors to open-source projects, and
> to produce more open-source code. See the program FAQs  for more
> I've had the honor of being part of the program for the last two
> years, administering NESCent's participation as an organization 
> and in 2007 mentoring a student. I have to say I find it the most
> awesome open-source program since sliced bread (or the invention of
> BLAST if that means more to you). Despite that and sadly enough, there
> has been a dearth of participating bioinformatics projects (though
> some notable ones, such as CytoScape have participated).
> There have been two Bio* Summer of Code projects under the NESCent
> umbrella, one in 2007  and one in 2008 . I would be willing to
> volunteer to take the lead on and administer a full-blown
> participation of O|B|F as a Bio* umbrella organization, provided 1) at
> least one Bio* person volunteers to serve as backup administrator, and
> 2) enough Bio* contributors volunteer to serve as prospective mentors.
> Mentoring involves participating in creating the page of project ideas
> (I'd provide template and guidance), corresponding with applicants who
> have questions, participating in student application ranking, and for
> primary mentors (those directly assigned to a student) based on
> empirical evidence at least 5hrs/week of time spent with the student
> to help him/her get over obstacles or avoid wrong paths.
> I think almost all mentors would concur that the experience was very
> gratifying, but as a mentor you will be spending a non-negligible
> amount of time with the student. I think it is the student-mentor
> pairing and interaction, not the stipend, that in the end makes the
> participation for students uniquely productive in terms of learning,
> and different from simply contributing to the project of choice (which
> they could always do).
> For a personal impression for how the program is from a mentor
> perspective, I'll let Chris Fields speak who was the mentor for the
> 2008 phyloXML in BioPerl project. From a student's perspective, I'll
> leave it to the 2007 Biojava student Bohyun Lee (blee34-at-
> mail.gatech.edu) and the 2008 BioPerl student Mira Han (mirhan-at-
> indiana.edu) to comment (if they are still on the list).
> So if you think this is a good idea for Bio* to be part of, if you
> would like to help in some way, if you can see yourself as a mentor,
> or if you are a lurking would-be student, please let yourself be
> heard. Email either to the list or to me.
>  http://code.google.com/soc/2008
>  http://code.google.com/opensource/gsoc/2009/faqs.html
>  http://hackathon.nescent.org/Phyloinformatics_Summer_of_Code_2007
>  http://biojava.org/wiki/BioJava:PhyloSOC07
>  http://bioperl.org/wiki/PhyloXML_support_in_BioPerl
> : Hilmar Lapp -:- Durham, NC -:- hlapp at gmx dot net :
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