Google Summer of Code Project with Nescent and ISA-tools

Are you a student interested in evolutionary biology and open-source software development?


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) ( ). Students in the program receive a stipend from Google (and the coveted T-shirt upon completion!), and work from their home, or home institution, for the duration of the 3 month program. You will have to opportunity to collaborate with our enthusiastic mentor community, and will have at least one dedicated mentor to help you complete your project. We are particularly targeting students interested in both evolutionary biology and software development.

Our website, above, lists potential projects. Projects include many programming languages (e.g. C/C++, Java, Perl, R) and cover subjects ranging from visualization to algorithm implementation to data interoperability. You don’t need to be an expert in either evolutionary biology or software development – find a project idea that interests you, and we can work with you to develop a proposal that fits your skills. We also welcome novel project ideas apart from those already on the list.

INTERESTED? Contact us 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. Admission is competitive, and we want plenty of time to work with you to develop a great project proposal.

TO APPLY: Apply online at the Google Summer of Code website: where you will also find GSoC program rules and eligibility requirements. The 14-day application period for students opens on Monday March 26th and runs through Friday, April 6th, 2012. Google Summer of Code FAQ: