Microsoft Research Summer School

This 8-week program sponsored by Microsoft definitely seems like something worth checking out. The deadline to apply is April 17th!

… Cultivating such a broad base of expertise is at the heart of the Microsoft Research Data Science Summer School, an eight-week effort to introduce large-scale data analysis to undergraduate students in the New York City area that is committed to increasing diversity in computer science. The summer school therefore encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and students from smaller, resource-constrained colleges.

This year’s summer school will run from June 15, 2015 to August 7, 2015. Apply online for the 2015 summer school; please note that the application deadline is April 17.

Find more information (regarding program logistics and eligibility) here:

FTC Opportunities

Krysta Dummit ’15 brought to our attention this opportunity for anyone interested in technology and policy. Definitely check it out!

FTC is creating a Technology Policy Research Fellowship, which is a 2-year term appointment available to recent graduates with that rare education in both technology and policy. The fellow will provide technical expertise to FTC attorneys and investigators, identify and design relevant research projects in the area of consumer technology, and ultimately develop new methods of consumer protection research.
The FTC will also continue its Technology Research Internship Program this summer, and expand it into semester-long externships throughout the school year. The summer posting is linked above and additional information regarding the year-round externships will be available on the upcoming OTRI webpage. You can also email

NYC Summer Housing

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Recompiler is seeking Contributors!

A new feminist hacker magazine, Recompiler, is seeking contributors. Contributors will be paid.

More information:

Looks like a great opportunity for anyone with an interest in journalism/writing as well as tech! Also be sure to check out the Ladies Storm Hackathons facebook group for more updates on females/feminism in tech.

Google Games

Definitely check out the following event — should be lots of fun!

Houston, we have liftoff.
The Google Games New York is open for registration!

Think you got game? Compete against other students from Princeton, Yale, Penn, Columbia, and Swarthmore for victory in challenges that test your brains and creativity to the max at The Google Games New York! It’s a black hole of fun when teams of five go head to head in rigorous events: trivia, building challenge, puzzles, word association, and coding competitions. If you haven’t caught on just yet, this year’s theme is “Out of this World” so make sure to throw on your best space suit, astronaut helmet or alien gear and get ready for a total otherworldly time!

Find four friends (Computer Science background strongly recommended), pick a team name and register here. In addition to the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, Google will also be supplying food and refreshments to all participants and stellar prizes to our top competitors. Bring it on!

The Google Games New York
Date: Saturday, April 11, 2015

Time: 10:00am to approximately 4:00pm
Location: Google NYC

Registration Form

Don’t get lost in space! Remember to officially register by Wednesday, April 1st.

Summer Program in Bioinformatics

B.I.G. Summer (Bruins In Genomics) 8-week Undergraduate Summer Research Program

BIG Summer is an intensive, practical experience in Genomics and Systems Biology.

The program begins with two weeks of hands-on workshops that cover fundamental next generation

sequencing analysis techniques, some specific applications of gene variant calling, RNAseq expression

analysis, mRNA splicing and ChIPseq transcription factor location analysis.

Following the workshops, students will join a lab and work in pairs under the supervision of UCLA faculty
mentors and QCB postdoctoral fellows.

Summer 2015 participants have the option of attending SPUR workshops on such topics as How to Write

a Personal Statement, How to Give a Research Presentation, and GRE test preparation.

At the end of the program, each student will give a presentation describing his/her summer research.

Priority Deadline is April 15th.
Complete online application, upload personal statement, unofficial transcript, resume/CV here:

Minimum Requirements: knowledge of one programming language
Preferred Requirements: at least one upper division biology and one upper division computer science course.

All interested UCLA and non-UCLA undergraduates are encouraged to apply.

Students are responsible for obtaining their own housing for the summer.

UCLA QCB is committed to attracting exceptional students who will contribute to the University’s diversity.

We especially encourage applicants from groups that are underrepresented in STEM.

A limited number of stipends are available and are prioritized based on financial need and aptitude.

If interested in being considered, please complete the appropriate question on the online application.


Monday, June 22, 2015
Friday, August 14, 2015

FOR MORE INFORMATION , please contact:
Ina Thorner

Two Sigma data analysis + Beaker competition

Check out these events publicized by OSAP!

Two Sigma Connect

Demonstrate your creative data analysis and visualization skills at Two Sigma Connect! Collaborate with fellow students to explore data’s possibilities and find meaningful patterns and powerful predictions. Show us your skills.

Throughout the 2-day competition, our modelers and engineers will be present to mentor and discuss the power of data. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet with some of our most innovative leaders in the field of big data and data visualization.

The competition is geared towards students pursuing their bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degrees in math, statistics, applied math or computer science.

Competition Details

Date & Time: Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 6:00pm – Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00pm
Location: 101 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10032
Prizes include: Best Data Interpretation, Best Visualization, and Best Beaker Application (Beaker is our polyglot web-based IDE allowing you to work in many languages simultaneously.  It’s targeted at research, data analysis, and visualization, but it’s open source and you can use it to do almost anything.)

RSVP: Please apply for a spot by noon on Monday, March 30th by clicking here

Elevator Pitch Competition

CampusKudos (your student & alumni community) is hosting an Elevator Pitch Competition at Princeton on April 15th from 7-9pm.
You can win a prototype of your idea built by their engineers (ex-Google, Amazon, etc.). There’ll be a panel of VCs and Founder judges.
The deadline to submit is April 8th. You can find all the details here:
There’s limited spots so RSVP soon!

Yellowstone National Park Internship Opportunity

Here’s another internship opportunity with a rapidly approaching deadline!

Yellowstone National Park Internship Opportunity

This Princeton University Office of Sustainability-sponsored internship will support a Princeton student for a full-time summer internship at Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. The intern will be a member of the Yellowstone Green Team and will focus on developing an energy dashboard for public audiences, as well as visualizing other sustainability-related topics. This internship requires computer programming and software development skills, as well as a desire to design user-friendly interfaces for the public. The design process will occur in partnership with research faculty from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. Work may occur at both locations. This internship has the potential to continue part-time during the academic doing similar work for the Princeton Office of Sustainability.

Visit our website for more information and the application. Applications are due Friday, March 20.

Google Summer of Code & Outreachy

Here’s some more information regarding Google Summer of Code & Outreachy, which we mentioned in an earlier post. Note that the deadline is approaching!


I wanted to share the information about the following opportunities with your group.

Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) is software that gives the user the freedom to use, share, study, and improve it. FOSS contributors believe that this is the best way to develop software because it benefits society, creates a fun collaborative community around a project, and allows anyone to make innovative changes that reach many people.

Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers students stipends to write code for projects from 137 participating FOSS organizations. Applicants must be able to make the project their primary focus during the summer. Participants work remotely from home, while getting guidance from an assigned mentor and collaborating within their project’s community. The application deadline for Google Summer of Code is March 27 and the program dates are May 25 to August 21. The stipend for the program is $5,500 (USD).

In an effort to improve diversity in FOSS, a number of organizations are offering similar remote and mentored Outreachy internships through a program organized by Software Freedom Conservancy. These internships are open to women (cis and trans), trans men, and genderqueer people. Applicants must be available for full-time, 40-hours a week, internships. The application deadline for Outreachy is March 24 and the program dates are May 25 to August 25. The stipend for the program is also $5,500 (USD). Unlike in Google Summer of Code, participants do not need to be students and non-coding projects are available. In addition to coding, projects include such tasks as graphic design, user experience design, documentation, bug triage and community engagement.

To apply for either program, you need to connect with a participating organization early, select a project you want to work on, create a project plan, and make a few relevant contributions.

Mentorship opportunities are also available throughout the year for anyone interested in getting started contributing to FOSS outside of the internship program.

Please consider applying for Google Summer of Code or Outreachy, encourage someone else to apply, or help spread the word by forwarding this message to any interested university and community groups.

Marina Zhurakhinskaya
Community Engagement Lead at Red Hat
Outreachy coordinator