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). Table of Content: OSRE News | OSRE 2023 | For students | For mentors | For sponsors | Timeline | Projects | Tag cloud | Mentors

2023 Open Source Research Experience

OSRE News

AMA Session for 2023 Summer of Reproducibility and OSRE Mentors
Drop in and ask us questions about this summer program starting at 10:30am Pacific Time on January 26, 2023. Take a look at info about these programs on this website or watch one of the earlier videos. We will give a brief overview of the program and discuss the benefits of being a Summer of Reproducibility mentor, a joint program with the NSF-funded Repeto Project.

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. 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

Gitter

Due to the open source nature of all OSRE projects, contributions are welcomed from any college or university student (over the age of 18) from anywhere in the world. Please note that you must have work authorization in your country of residence to take part in this program. Please contact ospo-info-group@ucsc.edu if you have any question on your eligibility.

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.

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 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.

Why should you 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 proposal process. The proposal 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) projects: Researchers and faculty from any US-based organization looking to support the open source 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).

For more details, please see the FAQ for Mentors and the instructions for posting projects.

For sponsors

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.

Benefits of sponsorship

  • Collaborating on innovative project that are of strategic interest to your industry;
  • Supporting the teaching of open source techniques to a wide range of student contributors;
  • Interacting with the next generation of open source leaders and up and coming talent; and
  • Recognition as an OSRE Sponsor at the Open Source Research Symposium (Fall 2023)

OSRE Sponsor Levels

Level Amount
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)
Table: OSRE 2023 Sponsorship Levels

Becoming a Sponsor

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.

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
May 4 - May 28 Community Bonding / Onboarding
Table: OSRE 2023 Timeline

2023 Projects

Go to last year’s projects

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Teaching Computer Networks with Reproducible Research
In the field of computer networks and wireless communication systems, the availability of open access networking and cloud computing testbeds (GENI, CloudLab, Chameleon, FABRIC, and others) has been transformative in promoting reproducible research and in making high-quality experiential learning available to students and educators at a wide range of colleges and universities.

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, UC Santa Cruz

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Stephanie Lieggi

Executive Director of OSPO, Executive Director of CROSS, UC Santa Cruz

University of California Mentors

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Emily Lovell

OSPO Incubator Fellow, UC Santa Cruz

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Stephanie Lieggi

Executive Director of OSPO, Executive Director of CROSS, UC Santa Cruz

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Houjun Tang

Computer Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Jesse Cirimelli-Low

Ph.D. Student, UC Santa Cruz

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Cindy Rubio González

Associate Professor, UC Davis

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Dan Bryce

Fellow, Smart Information Flow Technologies, LLC.

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Tim Fallon

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego

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Oskar Elek

OSPO Incubator Fellow, Postdoctoral Researcher, UC Santa Cruz

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Bin Dong

Research Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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Sakshi Garg

Ph.D. Student, UC Santa Cruz

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Aldrin Montana

PhD Student, UC Santa Cruz

Summer of Reproducibility Mentors

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Fraida Fund

Research Assistant Professor, NYU Tandon School of Engineering

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Miao YU

Ph.D. Student, The Ohio State University

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Yang Wang

Associate Professor, The Ohio State University

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Cindy Rubio González

Associate Professor, UC Davis

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Haryadi S. Gunawi

Associate Professor, University of Chicago

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João Felipe Pimentel

Postdoctoral Researcher, Northern Arizona University

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Juliana Freire

Professor of Computer Science and Engineering and Data Science at NYU

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Dan Bryce

Fellow, Smart Information Flow Technologies, LLC.

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Tim Fallon

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego

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Vijay Chidambaram

Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin

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Anjus George

HPC Storage R&D staff, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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In Kee Kim

Assistant Professor, University of Georgia

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John Bent

Senior Director, Seagate Technologies

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Anjo Vahldiek-Oberwagner

Research Scientist, Intel Labs

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Yeonju Ro

Ph.D. Student, The University of Texas at Austin