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Org Mode GSoC 2012 Student Page

Please note the following disclaimer before relying on the information given below:

"The following information is quoted verbatim from Google's excellent faq

page. It summarizes all the information relevant for GSoC 2012

students. "We" in the following text stands for "Google",

not for "Org Mode" or "GNU".

This page only serves as a quick overview for one particular group of

GSoC participants, the students. It might be incomplete, out of date

or even erroneous.

If you want the complete, up-to date and authorized information,

please visit Google's GSoC 2012 page."

The student application period begins March 26, 2012 and ends April 6th at 19:00 UTC.

How does a student apply?

Students can submit their applications via the Google Summer of Code 2012 site from March 27 - April 9, 2012. We hear almost universally from our mentoring organizations that the best applications they receive are from students who took the time to interact and discuss their ideas before submitting an application, so make sure to check out each organization's Ideas list to get to know a particular open source organization better. In addition to an application, students will be required to sign a Student Participation Agreement.

What should a student application look like?

Your application should include the following: your project proposal, why you'd like to execute on this particular project, and the reason you're the best individual to do so. Your proposal should also include details of your academic, industry, and/or open source development experience, and other details as you see fit. An explanation of your development methodology is a good idea, as well. It is always helpful to include contact information as well, as it will not be automatically shared with your would-be mentors as part of the application process. If the organization you want to work with has a specific application template they would like you to use, it will be made available to you to fill in when submitting your proposal via the Google Summer of Code web app. [note: the PicoLisp community has not specific application template]

Can a student submit more than one application?

Yes, each student may submit up to twenty applications. However, only one application will be accepted. We've heard from our mentoring organizations that quality is better than quantity.

Can students already working on an open source project continue to work on it as part of Google Summer of Code?

Yes, as long as they meet all other requirements for program eligibility. Students should be sure to note their previous relationship with the project in their applications. New work will need to be done for the project as part of participation in Google Summer of Code.

Should students begin working on their applications before Google begins accepting program applications?

That's up to you. Keep in mind, though, that our mentoring organizations will be publishing a list of proposed project ideas, so you may find that you'll want to revamp your application later, or create an entirely new one to address one of those ideas.

Can a student work on more than one project?

No, each participant may only work on one project and is only eligible for one stipend.

Can a group apply for and work on a single proposal?

No, only an individual may work on a given project.

What happens if two students are accepted to work on the same project, e.g. from an organization's Ideas list?

That's fine, a little duplication is par for the course in open source.

Are proposals for documentation work eligible for Google Summer of Code?

While we greatly appreciate the value of documentation, this program is an exercise in developing code; we can't accept proposals for documentation-only work at this time.

How do payments work?

Google will provide a stipend of 5500 USD per accepted student developer, of which 5000 USD goes to the student and 500 USD goes to the mentoring organization.

Accepted students in good standing with their mentoring organization will receive a 500 USD stipend shortly after coding begins on May 21, 2012. Students who receive passing mid-term evaluations will receive a 2250 USD stipend shortly after the mid-term evaluation deadline, July 13, 2012. Students who receive passing final evaluations and who have submitted their final program evaluations will receive a 2250 USD stipend shortly after the final evaluation deadline, August 24, 2012. Mentoring organizations must request their payments of 500 USD per student mentored by November 5, 2012.