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From Mohammad Nour El-Din <>
Subject Re: Inviting local students to the Retreat
Date Wed, 13 Apr 2011 11:33:15 GMT
+1 - I believe it is a good idea.

On Tue, Apr 12, 2011 at 8:11 PM, Noirin Shirley <> wrote:
> BCC ComDev - please keep discussion on the concom@ list. Committers
> are welcome to subscribe.
> We're about a month out now, and we're far from hitting capacity on
> the Retreat. I'm confident we'll get more signups, but I don't think
> we'll fill the hostel.
> As I've been watching GSoC mails go whizzing past, it occurred to me
> that it might be worthwhile as an outreach event, to invite some local
> students to come along.
> Say we reserve ten places, I'll get the word out to the local
> universities etc, and we invite interested students to apply by
> mailing a "personal statement" to [appropriate list]. (I need a better
> term for the personal statement - but basically a letter/essay
> outlining why they want to come and what they think they'll get out of
> it.)
> We review the personal statements, sort out any chaff, and then either
> hand out the places (if there are fewer than ten) or pick by raffle
> (more than ten good statements - I don't know how we would fairly
> "rank" people on something so subjective).
> I'm aiming it at students because I think they're likely to benefit,
> hopefully easy to inspire/encourage, and definitely easy to contact
> :-) If anyone wants to open it wider, I'm not objecting but also not
> volunteering to seek other groups out.
> Just a thought :-)
> Noirin

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