NRNB Google Summer of Code
"Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a global program that offers
student developers stipends to write code for various open source
projects. Google will be working with several open source, free
software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund several
projects over a three month period. Since its inception in 2005, the
program has brought together thousands of students and mentors from
over 100 countries worldwide, all for the love of code." GSoC has
- get more open source code created and released for the benefit of all
- inspire young developers to begin participating in open source development
- help open source projects identify and bring in new developers and committers
- provide students the opportunity to do work related to their academic pursuits during the summer
- give students more exposure to real-world software development scenarios
The National Resource for Network Biology
is organizing the joint efforts of Cytoscape
and other network biology tools. This
is a great opportunity to work at the intersection of biology and
We take mentoring seriously and are proud of our >90% success rate with former students and
. But don't take our word for it, read testimonials from prior NRNB students
And you also get a certificate of completion!
The aim of the NRNB is to advance the new science of biological networks through
analytic tools, visualizations, databases and computing resources. Our technologies enable researchers to assemble and analyze these
networks and to use them to better understand biological systems and, in particular, how they fail in disease. Find out more about
various software projects being developed in coordination with NRNB. And check out our latest project ideas in the tab below.
Outside of our sponsored summer programs, NRNB Academy runs year-round to match students with mentors in network biology software
development. NRNB Academy offers you the opportunity to work with our open source development team on network biology related tools
and resources. The program is volunteer-based and flexible in terms of time commitment and project lenght. This is a great
introduction to our dev community and the workings of open source in general. Start by completing our Admissions Form:
How to apply
this Google Doc template. Copy and paste the contents into your own Goolge Doc and begin filling it out. Get in contact with
your potential mentors (listed per project) as soon as possible to get input and feedback on your application. Submit your application
well before the deadline. Late submissions will NOT be considered.
If you are selected
- You be working with a small, active group of programmers that also speak biology
- You will be gaining experience in a rapidly evolving field that interfaces computer and biological sciences
- You might make more than you would mowing lawns!
- 29 February: Accepted mentoring organizations announced
- 14 March: Student application period opens
- 25 March: Student application deadline
- 23 May: Coding begins
- 23 August: Coding ends
- Complete Program
- Effective this year, a person can only participate a maximum of 3 times as a GSoC student in their lifetime.
- Students must submit their code before the mentor can complete their final evaluation of the work.
- Mentors can now be under 18. They must be 13 or older and provide parental consent.
- Mentor stipends will be held by NRNB in an earmarked account to fund activities such as NRNB Academy.
- Organizations who do not complete all student and mentor evaluations will lose their mentor summit invitations and travel stipends.
Browse the current list of NRNB Project Ideas at GitHub to find potential projects
If you find something interesting, contact the org admin to
inquire about applying. We will direct you to more information and
resources prior to the application process.