OSRE Application Process

Our ideas page give the contact information for our mentors. Potential contributors are expected to reach out to these mentors early on in the proposals stage and should have had some interaction with them prior to finalizing their proposals.

Below is a suggested template to follow when applying for an OSRE summer project. The template can be adjusted if you find the template doesn't allow you to fully highlight the work you plan to do -- however the main sections (Introction, biographical info, goals, implementation plan and timeline) are required information for your project to be considered. If you have questions please feel free to reach out to your mentor or the organization admins. 

For those eligible for HBCU Fellowship -- final proposals fue to slieggi@ucsc.edu by May 11.

Sugguested Proposal Template


  • Proposal Title
    • Should give an indication of what your proposal is expecting to accomplish
  • Define the problem you are trying to solve
  • Provide background about the current state of the problem
  • Descrbe you solution

Biographical information

  • Relevant experience and educational background
    • If student, include current major and any relevant course work
  • Technical interests and strengths
  • Contact information
    • Required: your full name, email address, current affiliation (for instance, which school are you currently attending), github handle
    • Optional: Blog URL, twitter; Linkedin.

Project goals

  • Project objectives
    • What do you expect to get from this project? How will the community benefit?
  • Expected deliverables
    • What do you think the results will be from this proposal?
  • Future work based on project (if applicable)

Implementation Plan

  • Project methodology
    • How will you work to meet the objectives you mention above
  • Describe the project's technical elements
  • Describe any challenges and proposed solutions

Project Timeline

  • Project plan and deliverables schedule.
A few things to think about when applying:

  • In your proposal, be specific and make sure your mentor can see evidence that you will be able to succeed at your project.
  • Seek out mentors to learn more about the communities you want to work in. You are encouraged to ask questions!