[Chicago-talk] Fwd: Summer of Code 2009 - engaging with students

Joshua McAdams joshua.mcadams at gmail.com
Tue Jan 13 07:11:40 PST 2009

Eric Wilhelm, who organized Perl's SoC efforts last year, is looking
for PM groups to help get students to sign up for Perl projects this
year... let's do it!  If anyone works at a University and would like
to help get the students and/or teachers involved, let me know and we
can coordinate.  If anyone is going to a University now, you're
probably eligible for the $4500 SoC grant... speak up if you're
interested and we'll try to help you out.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Eric Wilhelm <scratchcomputing at gmail.com>
Date: Fri, Jan 9, 2009 at 1:24 AM
Subject: Summer of Code 2009 - engaging with students
To: pm_groups at pm.org
Cc: tpf-steering at perl.org, directors at lists.parrot.org

Hi everybody,

It's very cold here.  Time to start thinking about summer!

The student proposals for Google's Summer of Code will be due in a
couple short months and Google has just given word that the program
will indeed be on again this year.

For 2008, we had a great turnout of willing and able mentors, but only
about 16 student applications.  This implies that we need to try to
reach more students and encourage them to apply for summer of code this

We'll probably start to see more information from Google about SOC 2009
within a month or so.  For now:


Last year taught us that the returning organizations which started early
were more successful in recruiting students.  While we can't say for
sure that Perl/Parrot will be accepted as mentor organizations, we'll
get a very late start if we wait.  If it (knock on wood) doesn't
happen, the Perl community will still benefit from efforts to connect
with more students.

The following are just a few ideas of what your local Perl Mongers group
could do to help.  Please forward this to your mailing list or discuss
it at your next meeting.

Find out if your local university has Perl in the curriculum.  If so,
get in touch with the professors and let them know about your local
Perl Mongers group.  Ask if they would be interested in you speaking to
their class or giving a presentation on-campus.

If the computer science department doesn't seem interested in Perl, you
might find users (or potential users) in other departments.  Think
about all of the niche data-crunching for which Perl gets used.  Find
grad students who might be doing that - whatever their major might be.

Are any members of your group recently graduated?  If so, the contacts
they still have might be a great place to start, especially in non-cs
disciplines.  Even in very specialized applications, the chances are
that the Perl community contains a mentor with a related background.

Finally, I would be interested in hearing from any Perl Mongers groups
which have been involved with on-campus activities or are meeting on
campus.  Please send me mail about what you are doing, or even write
about it on use.perl.


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