Reminder: Student application deadline for Summer of Code 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) (

Students in the program will receive a stipend from Google (and 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. Project ideas are listed on the website and range from hardware acceleration for phylogenetic inference, to support for phyloinformatics standards within the BioPerl and BioRuby toolkits, to alignment of next-gen sequencing data, to ontology term markup for biocuration, to semantic interoperability of web-services, to 3D-printing of phylogenies. 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: Instructions are at the website (see "When you apply"). You can find GSoC program rules and eligibility requirements at ***The 12-day application period for students ends on Friday, April 3rd, 2009, at 19:00 UTC (3pm EDT, 12pm PDT).***

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

2009 NESCent Phyloinformatics Summer of Code:

Google Summer of Code FAQ:

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

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Todd Vision and Hilmar Lapp
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center