[Bioperl-l] Google Summer of Code: Call for Bio* Volunteers
jaudall at gmail.com
Fri Feb 13 12:25:22 EST 2009
Ditto here. I would be happy to mentor a student or pitch in some other way.
On Fri, Feb 13, 2009 at 10:14 AM, Mark A. Jensen <maj at fortinbras.us> wrote:
> 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 information.
>> 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 :
>> Bioperl-l mailing list
>> Bioperl-l at lists.open-bio.org
> Bioperl-l mailing list
> Bioperl-l at lists.open-bio.org
Plant and Wildlife Science Dept.
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
More information about the Bioperl-l