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Re: Student application process

From: Andy Wingo
Subject: Re: Student application process
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2012 22:28:15 +0100
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On Sun 18 Mar 2012 17:31, Thorsten <address@hidden> writes:

> Is that a two stage process:
> 1. Students apply for proposals from indivuduals GNU projects, directly
> communication with the project maintainers
> 2. The maintainers of those projects select some students for their project
> ideas and then transfer the student list to the GNU organisation that
> decides about the final allocation of student slots

Just as a voice from past SoC events:

Students without a GNU project mentor will not be considered.  As such
(1) is a necessary step.

Input from maintainers is most important.  If Lilypond (for example)
says "we want this project, then if we have space these other two", that
consideration will be honored.

The final slot count is pretty random and capricious.  A couple of years
ago we had a lot of slots.  Last year we had very few.  This year will
probably be in between; who knows.  Last year was quite painful as there
were many good students who we couldn't accept because of the low slot

I think the thing to do is to keep your hopes up, expectations low, and
your proposal quality and relationship with your maintainer good.

Sorry for not having more information.


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