Announcing the InterMine 2020 Interns! 🚀
As we mentioned in an earlier blog post, this year InterMine is participating in Outreachy for our May-August (northern hemisphere summer) internships. This year we’ll have five Outreachy interns, as well as a couple of in-house interns working with us. Please give them all a huge round of congratulations!
Our interns and their projects 👩💻👨💻
InterMine training portal – Qian
Qian will be working on the InterMine training resources, creating new programmer and UI-oriented tutorials and updating/organising existing tutorials.
Qian will be mentored by Yo and Asher.
CLI tool for managing InterMine instances – Pooja Gaur
Contributing to the InterMine cloud project, Pooja will be orchestrating better automated builds for InterMines that will also work nicely in Travis or other CI.
Pooja will be mentored by Kevin and Ank.
Improving the UX and UI of BlueGenes – Roshni Prajapati
BlueGenes, the new InterMine UI has improved drastically since Kevin joined the team and began adding and improving features. Roshni will conduct research into the usability and UX of BlueGenes, and redesign / improve interfaces where needs are identified.
Roshni will be mentored by Yo and Kevin.
Improving the InterMine Data Browser – John Mendez
The InterMine Data Browser was a 2018 GSoC project led by Adrián, designed to make it easier for people new to Intermine to learn and explore what types of data are present in an InterMine. John will be helping update the Data Browser with new features and migrate it to React.
John will be mentored by Adrián, Nikhil, and Aman.
Last year, Akshat Bhargava created a suite of data visualisation tools for BlueGenes. Sakshi will be extending this work, refining some of the Tool API specifications and adding new data visualisations.
Sakshi will be mentored by Akshat, Kevin, and Asher.
With thanks to our sponsors
We’re grateful to the Wellcome Trust for awarding a Diversity Enrichment grant that enabled us to sponsor three Outreachy interns, as well as Outreachy themselves who were able to sponsor another two internship positions.
We’ll also be working with Ank Kumar (working on InterMine Cloud related projects) and Celia Sanchez Laorden (InterMineR).
What about GSoC?
In previous years we also participated in Google Summer of Code – this year InterMine wasn’t accepted as a mentoring organisation. It is common for GSoC to “rest” applicants occasionally, so we’ll continue to apply and hopefully we will be back in GSoC next year.
Once we knew we weren’t accepted into GSoC for 2020 we joined the Open Bioinformatics Foundation GSoC org, who act as an umbrella organisation for GSoC mentoring organisations, and we had several strong applicants apply via the OBF’s organisation. Unfortunately the number of slots awarded to the OBF was lower than the number of promising students the OBF was ready to accept. This meant that InterMine was unable to take on any GSoC students, even though there were high-quality applications.