[Numpy-discussion] GSoC students: please read

Ralf Gommers ralf.gommers at gmail.com
Mon Mar 23 17:21:44 EDT 2015

Hi all,

It's great to see that this year there are a lot of students interested in
doing a GSoC project with Numpy or Scipy. So far five proposals have been
submitted, and it looks like several more are being prepared now. I'd like
to give you a bit of advice as well as an idea of what's going to happen in
the few weeks.

The deadline for submitting applications is 27 March. Don't wait until the
last day to submit your proposal! It has happened before that Melange was
overloaded and unavailable - the Google program admins will not accept that
as an excuse and allow you to submit later. So as soon as your proposal is
in good shape, put it in. You can still continue revising it.

>From 28 March until 13 April we will continue to interact with you, as we
request slots from the PSF and rank the proposals. We don't know how many
slots we will get this year, but to give you an impression: for the last
two years we got 2 slots. Hopefully we can get more this year, but that's
far from certain.

Our ranking will be based on a combination of factors: the interaction
you've had with potential mentors and the community until now (and continue
to have), the quality of your submitted PRs, quality and projected impact
of your proposal, your enthusiasm, match with potential mentors, etc. We
will also organize a video call (Skype / Google Hangout / ...) with each of
you during the first half of April to be able to exchange ideas with a
higher communication bandwidth medium than email.

Finally a note on mentoring: we will be able to mentor all proposals
submitted or suggested until now. Due to the large interest and technical
nature of a few topics it has in some cases taken a bit long to provide
feedback on draft proposals, however there are no showstoppers in this
regard. Please continue improving your proposals and working with your
potential mentors.

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