[tdwg-phylo] Phyloinformatics Summer of Code 2010 - Call for student applications

Hilmar Lapp hlapp at nescent.org
Sat Mar 27 20:22:45 CET 2010

Hi all - sorry for the additional noise. The original email contained  
two errors: this is the 2010 program (not 2009, as the subject line  
said), and one URL was wrong. The corrected version is below for those  
who'd like to forward it on or print it out.

I'd also like to take the opportunity to highlight a few of our  
project ideas that pertain to biodiversity informatics and  
phylogenetic standards: #1, NeXML support in Bioruby; #6, building geo- 
phylogenies in Java; #10, a UI for MIAPA, the minimum reporting  
standard for phylogenetic analyses; and #15, Google Earth browser  
interface for TreeBASE.

: Hilmar Lapp  -:- Durham, NC -:- informatics.nescent.org :

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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://code.google.com/soc/ 

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 phylogenetics pipeline  
development to a user interface for MIAPA-driven annotation of  
experiments, interactive animations of gene tree evolution, and  
rendering phylogenies on Google Earth. 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  

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 29th and runs through Friday, April 9th, 2010.

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.

2010 NESCent Phyloinformatics Summer of Code:

Google Summer of Code FAQ:

DataONE Summer 2010 Internship Program (managed separately, and  
different from GSoC; postdocs also eligible):


Todd Vision and Hilmar Lapp
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center

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