[Bioperl-l] Google Summer of Code: Call for Bio* Volunteers
cjfields at illinois.edu
Fri Feb 13 15:04:43 EST 2009
I second Mark as a mentor. Or would that be 'pushing him over the
On Feb 13, 2009, at 11:14 AM, Mark A. Jensen 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
> 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 :
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