Thursday, March 19, 2009

Phyloinformatics gets some love from Google (get your students to apply ...)

Just got this from the good folks at Nescent ...


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 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 (, 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):

1 comment:

  1. I had a great experience with GSoC/NESCent in 2007. The student (Lars Barquist) ended up joining my lab for a while as a programmer, and is now headed to Sanger (Cambridge) for a PhD. I highly recommend it.


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