And finally, a few 'don'ts':
- Don't enter a placeholder proposal. It gives a bad impression of poor time management, lack of real enthusiasm and poor organisation. We pass over them and concentrate on the rest.
- Don't just repeat the information shown on our GSoC Ideas PageList. Refer to it but then use your own ideas to show how you would tackle the problem and any challenges you might face.
- Don't wait until the last minute to submit. Mentors may have questions and comments and you might too. Submit in plenty time so you can respond and update your proposal with improvements.
- Don't submit and think that's it until acceptance. If a mentor asks a question, please respond in good time. Failure to respond indicates lack of interest and commitment and you will miss out on the chance to increase your chances of acceptance by improving your proposal.
- Don't give the impression that you are applying because someone told you it was a good idea, for example, your tutor. It's ok to say that it was recommended to you but go on and say why you like the idea, how you feel about being part of GSoC working on one of our projects and what you feel you will get out of the experience.