2023 Open Source Research Experience

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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).

2023 Open Source Research Experience

OSRE 2023

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.

Summer of Reproducibility projects do not need to have at least one UC-affliated mentor.

For students

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. Applications 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

Gitter

Student pages

We will be asking OSRE 2023 students and contributors to share their progress on a regular basis. We are excited to be able to highlight their work through our blogs and in events such as our Open Source Sympoium. See more about how we highlight student work in this blog.

For projects and mentors

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 instructions for participating mentors.

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.

Why should I be an OSRE mentor?

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 application process. The application process provides mentors the opportunity to select someone they want to work with who will benefit their project and research.

Who can be a mentor?

Your project needs to

  • EITHER have at least one mentor affiliated with one of the University of California campuses or associated DOE national labs
  • OR have some connection to producing or using reproducibility artifacts.

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): Researchers and faculty from any US-based organization looking to support the production or use of reproducibility artifacts.

All software created as part of an OSRE project must be released as free and open source under a license that is both approved by the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and recognized as free by the Free Software Foundation (FSF).

What kind of projects are you accepting? Are there specific technologies or topics that you prefer?

The OSRE program supports projects in a wide range of open source communities. We have no requirement for the type of technology or aspects of the project being worked on, so long as it is or ultimately will be part of an open source project or community, or – in the case of SoR – is related to creating or using reproducibility artifacts.

How do I submit a project / project idea?

Please read the instructions for participating mentors. In a change from the ideas page of previous years, we will feature each overarcing project on a separate page which will include all the relevent mentors’ project ideas. Projects now use tags to associate with a particular year and whether it is a UC or SoR project (or both). More tags can be used to associate the project with a particular research area, e.g. chip design, storage systems, data science.

There is a mentor-only mailing list. Please write us an email if you want to be added to this list.

For new research groups wishing to join OSRE: just create one or more projects (see instructions).

We need one contact person for each new group, so please email us.

Timeline

17-Jan Announcement of OSRE 2023 program
17-Jan Call for 2023 OSRE projects and mentors open
Jan 17 - Feb 21 Mentors add project proposals available on the OSRE website
Feb 22 Accepted Mentor Organizations announced by Google
Feb 22 - Mar 19 Phase 1 selection
Candidates contact and work with project mentors.
Mar 20 - Apr 3 Mentors help candidates improving their proposals, proposals are submitted
Apr 4 Student application deadline
Apr 5 - 27 Phase 2 selection
Mentors evaluate and rank student proposals.
Apr 22 Rankings due from mentors, sent to OSRE Org Admins
Apr 27 Contributor proposal rankings completed by Org Admins.
May 4 Student slots annouced
20-May Accepted student projects announced
Table: OSRE 2023 Timeline

Projects

This list currently shows the OSRE 2022 projects but will soon be replaced with OSRE 2023 projects. Stay tuned!
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Mentors

Meet our OSRE administrators and mentors, including mentors from the University of California and mentors for the Summer of Reproducibility.

Administration

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Carlos Maltzahn

Adjunct Professor, Founder & Director of CROSS, OSPO

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Stephanie Lieggi

Executive Director of OSPO, Executive Director of CROSS

University of California Mentors

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Carlos Maltzahn

Adjunct Professor, Founder & Director of CROSS, OSPO

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Stephanie Lieggi

Executive Director of OSPO, Executive Director of CROSS

Summer of Reproducibility Mentors

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Carlos Maltzahn

Adjunct Professor, Founder & Director of CROSS, OSPO

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Stephanie Lieggi

Executive Director of OSPO, Executive Director of CROSS