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Summer of Code: tough decisions and how much competition is too much?

Posted in Open Source, Phyloinformatics, Summer of Code with tags , , on April 25, 2008 by drycafe

On Monday this week Google announced the students accepted into the 2008 Google Summer of Code, and therefore also those for our participation, dubbed the Phyloinformatics Summer of Code. We received 34 applications in total, which is about half as many as in 2007. However, unlike last year, only 1 of those was what we (and presumably Google) consider “spam,” and two have been withdrawn (one of which unfortunately was a really strong application, but the student needed a summer job and the deadline extension made it no longer an option to wait for the Summer of Code acceptance).

Of the remaining 31, about 80% were between reasonable to really strong, which presents a remarkable difference to last year, when the fraction of those was more around 25%. So in contrast to the total number of applications, we had more quality applications this year than we had last year.

By itself that’s a great development, though it already foreshadowed that we would have to make some tough decisions. On top of that, because our “popularity” (as measured by fraction of total applications received by all organizations) is only about half of last year’s, our current allocation of slots by Google is only 5, about half of what it was last year. Given that we offered 14 project ideas ourselves already (11 of which received strong applications), inevitably students ended up competing not only with those who applied for the same idea, but also with those who applied for other ideas. For many other participating organizations that may be the norm, but this level of competition was a bit new for us. Continue reading

Phyloinformatics Summer of Code is on for 2008

Posted in Open Source, Phyloinformatics, Summer of Code with tags , , , on March 30, 2008 by drycafe

GSoC Logo 2008After we participated in the Google Summer of Code™ program as a mentoring organization in 2007, we pulled together an application for this year, too — and we got accepted again! So the Phyloinformatics Summer of Code, as we are calling our program in reference to the emphasis on phyloinformatics, has been on for 2008 since March 17, when Google published the list of accepted organizations. The period during which students can apply opened on March 24, and was originally slated to end only one week later, on March 31.

The latest news is that Google may extend the application deadline for students by one week. We’ll hear the final decision on this early tomorrow morning (Pacific Time, obviously – so probably no news on this on the East Coast before noon). So if you are a student enrolled at a university in a graduate or undergraduate program, you are interested in evolutionary or comparative biology, and you have always wanted to get involved in a bioinformatics open-source software project or even possibly help found one, here is your chance for likely another week, and Google will even pay you a stipend.

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