Matching summer students with research mentors and sponsors.
The Open Source Research Experience (OSRE) program by the Open Source Program Office (OSPO) UC Santa Cruz provides support for undergraduate and graduate students contributing to open source research efforts. The goal of the program is to seed contributor communities of open source research efforts and to help make computational research efforts reproducible. With this program the OSPO participates as mentor organization in Google Summer of Code and other outreach and sponsorship programs. Information from last year’s OSRE can be found here (final reports). Table of Content: OSRE News | OSRE 2023 | For students | Student pages | For mentors | For sponsors | Timeline | Projects | Tag cloud | Mentors and Contributors
Open Source Research Experience
The 2023 Open Source Research Experience plans to apply to be a GSoC mentor organization in 2023, under the name “OSPO UC Santa Cruz” instead of “CROSS”. CROSS pioneered the Open Source Research Experience (OSRE) within the UC Santa Cruz campus. In 2022, CROSS expanded OSRE to include mentors across multiple University of California campuses and has now transitioned this program to the OSPO to expand it even further. Project ideas are listed below.
In addition to UC research projects, new this year is the Summer of Reproducibility with research projects around producing and using reproducibility artifacts (see also ctuning.org and sysartifacts). Quite a few conferences are now offering awards for reproducibility artifacts. This encourages authors to produce reproducibility artifacts. There is great potential for using these artifacts not only for validating research results but also as teaching tools in classrooms and as baselines in research labs. Making producing and using reproducibility artifacts easier can significantly accelerate the rate of insights. The Summer of Reproducibility gives summer students the opportunity to help out in this cutting-edge effort and acquire valuable skills related to reproducibility.
If you are interested, have a look at our guidelines for students which includes timelines on when to contact mentors and proposal guidelines and expectations.
New projects for OSRE 2023 will be published by end of February. Student can begin reaching out to mentors in late February / early March. Proposals are due April 4, 2023.
Students interested in applying to any of our projects should join our Slack channel. Email OSRE Admins to request an invitation.
You can also use our Gitter channel for general questions before reaching out to mentors. https://gitter.im/uc_ospo-osre/community
We typically support the work of undergraduate students; however graduate students may also apply to work on more advanced project ideas. Please check out the project ideas page and contact the mentor if you have questions.
Return to 2024 student pages
We are asking OSRE 2023 students and contributors to share their progress on a regular basis. We are excited to be able to highlight their work on this website and in events such as our Open Source Symposium. This blog post contains instructions on how to start highlighting contributor work with blog posts, also known as “student pages”. And here they are:*
The UCSC OSPO is looking for mentors to be part of our 2023 Open Source Research Experience Program (OSRE), which this year also includes a new initiative – the Summer of Reproducibility (SoR). Please read the FAQ for Mentors and, if interested in participating, the instructions for posting projects.
While typical OSRE supported projects require mentors who are connected to University of California-based open source projects, thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation, the Summer of Reproducibility allows us to also support US-based mentors interested in research projects related to the creation and usage of reproducibilty artifacts.
The goal of OSRE 2023 is to increase student capabilities in working in open source projects and creating reproducible artifacts, as well as add productive open source contributors and promote open source and reproducibility throughout the UC system and beyond.
The program team at UCSC OSPO values diversity and inclusion in all our projects. We invite mentors from groups traditionally excluded in computer science/open source communities to participate in this program.
If you could use undergraduate research assistance over the summer with your on-going research, this is a great opportunity to get matched to top students. Like Google Summer of Code, the OSRE allows the mentors to choose the students they want to work with based on an interactive and iterative proposal process. The proposal process provides mentors the opportunity to select someone they want to work with who will benefit their project and research.
Your project needs to
For University of California (UC) projects: Any UC-affiliated faculty, researchers or graduate students working on projects that are or will ultimately be part of an open source community/ecosystem.
For Summer of Reproducibility (SoR) projects: Researchers and faculty from any US-based organization looking to support the open source production or use of reproducibility artifacts.
Is your organization looking to better utilize open source and want to support projects that directly benefit your work?
Does your company want to strengthen the talent pipeline able to work on technologies essential to your organization’s success?
Do you want to collaborate with innovative open source projects being developed by University of California researchers?
The UC Open Source Research Experience (OSRE) offers your organization the chance to participate in projects that can help your development cycles run faster, benefit from wide collaborations, and help support workforce development in domains your organization needs.
To become a sponsor, fill out the Sponsorship Interest Form. You will be asked to indicate the level of sponsorship you would like to fund and the open source projects you are most interested in engaging with.
|Bronze||$3,750 (covers 50% of one student stipend for summer)|
|Silver||$7,500 (covers one student full-time for summer)|
|Gold||$15,000 (covers two students full-time for summer)|
Becoming a sponsor is easy! Fill out the Sponsorship Interest Form or reach out to the OSRE Admins by April 20. Information requested by the form include: name of contact person, level of sponsorship, and projects you are most interested in (if applicable.) The OSRE Admins will follow up with next steps for finalizing the sponsorship process.
Return to 2024 timeline
|Feb 7||Deadline for posting projects to be considered in the OSPO’s GSoC mentor organization application|
|Feb 22||Accepted Mentor Organizations announced by GSoC - OSPO Accepted!|
|Feb 22 - Apr 3||Mentors help candidates improving their applications, applications are submitted|
|Mar 20||Deadline for students to join Slack channel (a student proposal requirement – do so as early as possible)|
|Apr 4||Student proposal deadline|
|Apr 5 - 22||Mentors evaluate and rank student proposals|
|Apr 22||Rankings due from mentors, sent to OSRE Org Admins|
|Apr 27||Student proposal rankings completed by Org Admins|
|May 4||Accepted student proposals announced - 38 contributors funded!|
|May 4 - May 28||Community Bonding / Onboarding|
Meet our OSRE administrators, mentors, including mentors from the University of California and mentors for the Summer of Reproducibility, and our student contributors.