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The following is distilled from the [[Projects]] page for the benefit of potential [http://code.google.com/soc/Google Summer] [http://sophia.estec.esa.int/socis2012/?q=node/13 of Code] students. Although students are welcome to attempt any of the projects in that page or any of their own choosing, here we offer some suggestions on what good student projects might be.
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The following is distilled from the [[Projects]] page for the benefit of potential [http://code.google.com/soc/Google Summer] [http://sophia.estec.esa.int/socis2012/?q=node/13 of Code] (SoC) students. Although students are welcome to attempt any of the projects in that page or any of their own choosing, here we offer some suggestions on what good student projects might be.
    
= Steps Toward a Successful Application =
 
= Steps Toward a Successful Application =
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* '''Help Us Get To Know You'''<br>
 
* '''Help Us Get To Know You'''<br>
 
: If you aren't communicating with us before the application is due, your application will not be accepted.
 
: If you aren't communicating with us before the application is due, your application will not be accepted.
:: '''Join the maintainers mailing list''' or read the archives and see what topics we discuss and how the developers interacti with each other.
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:: '''Join the maintainers mailing list''' or read the archives and see what topics we discuss and how the developers interact with each other.
 
:: '''Hang out in our IRC channel'''. Ask questions, submit patches, show us that you are motivated and well-prepared. There will be more applicants than we can effectively mentor, so do ask for feedback on your public application to increase the strength of your proposal!
 
:: '''Hang out in our IRC channel'''. Ask questions, submit patches, show us that you are motivated and well-prepared. There will be more applicants than we can effectively mentor, so do ask for feedback on your public application to increase the strength of your proposal!
 
* '''Find Something That Interests You'''
 
* '''Find Something That Interests You'''
: It's '''critical''' that you '''find a project that excites you'''  You'll be spending most of the summer working on it (we expect you to treat the GSoC as a full-time job).  But don't just tell us how interested you are, show us.  You can do that by fixing a few bugs or interacting with us on IRC well before the deadline.  Our experience shows us that successful GSoC students demonstrate their interest early and often.
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: It's '''critical''' that you '''find a project that excites you'''  You'll be spending most of the summer working on it (we expect you to treat the SoC as a full-time job).  But don't just tell us how interested you are, show us.  You can do that by fixing a few bugs or interacting with us on IRC well before the deadline.  Our experience shows us that successful SoC students demonstrate their interest early and often.
 
* '''Prepare Your Proposal With Us'''
 
* '''Prepare Your Proposal With Us'''
: By working with us to prepare your propsal, you'll be getting to know us and showing us how you approach problems.  The best place for this is your wiki user page and the IRC channel.
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: By working with us to prepare your proposal, you'll be getting to know us and showing us how you approach problems.  The best place for this is your wiki user page and the IRC channel.
 
* '''Complete Your Application'''
 
* '''Complete Your Application'''
 
: Fill out our '''''public''''' application template.
 
: Fill out our '''''public''''' application template.
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