[tdwg-phylo] Summer of Code 2009

Hilmar Lapp hlapp at duke.edu
Thu Mar 19 23:38:09 CET 2009

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The Phyloinformatics Summer of Code program provides a unique  
opportunity for undergraduate, masters, and PhD students to obtain  
hands-on experience writing and extending open-source software for  
evolutionary informatics under the mentorship of experienced  
developers from around the world. The program is the participation of  
the US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) as a  
mentoring organization in the Google Summer of Code(tm) (http:// 

Students in the program will receive a stipend from Google (and  
possibly more importantly, a T-shirt solely available to successful  
participants), and may work from their home, or home institution, for  
the duration of the 3 month program. Each student will have at least  
one dedicated mentor to show them the ropes and help them complete  
their project.

NESCent is particularly targeting students interested in both  
evolutionary biology and software development. Initial project ideas  
are listed on the website. These range from hardware accerelation for  
phylogenetic inference, to tree visualization within a wiki, to  
alignment of next-gen sequencing data, to development of a reusable  
ontology term markup module for biocuration. All project ideas are  
flexible and many can be adjusted in scope to match the skills of the  
student.  We also welcome novel project ideas that dovetail with  
student interests.

TO APPLY: Apply online at the Google Summer of Code website (http:// 
socghop.appspot.com/), where you will also find GSoC  program
rules and eligibility requirements.  The 12-day application period  
for students opens on Monday March 23rd and runs through Friday,  
April 3rd, 2009.

INQUIRIES: phylosoc {at} nescent {dot} org. We strongly encourage all  
interested students to get in touch with us with their ideas as early  
on as possible.

2009 NESCent Phyloinformatics Summer of Code:

Google Summer of Code FAQ:

Cyberinfrastructure Traineeships (managed separately from GSoC;  
postdocs also eligible):

To sign up for quarterly NESCent newsletters: http://www.nescent.org/ 


Todd Vision and Hilmar Lapp
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center

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