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Subject: Re: [boost] [gsoc15] Attn: We need 2015 mentors and project ideas for Boost!
From: Niall Douglas (s_sourceforge_at_[hidden])
Date: 2015-01-28 10:52:52

On 28 Jan 2015 at 9:35, Kenneth Adam Miller wrote:

> I would like to know what the qualification requirements are for becoming a
> GSoC mentor.

Writing one or preferably more project ideas for pretty much earns you
the right. We can usually tell from how well the project ideas are
written as to your depth of understanding and skill level in your
domain, and if we see a problem in your project idea proposals we'll
contact you privately about those to either tidy them up or in the
worst case scenario, to ask you to withdraw (note this has never
happened to my knowledge yet, most mentors realise when writing the
ideas if they have what it takes or not and don't submit their idea
if they know they aren't mentor material).

Past that, it helps to like working with students, but to be firm
enough as a personality to know how and when to be mean and how and
when to be nice. If you get a good student, mentoring is *extremely*
rewarding personally. Most of our mentors are serial repeats.

Do try to design your ideas to be attractive to students, so what
*they* think is a cool project rather than you (trawling past student
submissions is an excellent way of figuring out their preferences).
If no student picks your idea, we may try to match you to a similar
idea, but more often than not we don't get enough slots from Google
and you don't mentor that year if no student picks your idea. In that
sense mentors compete for students as much as students compete for

And do ask any questions here if you encounter them, in particular if
my crappy instructions on don't make sense. Our
thanks in advance for your interest in mentoring!

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