[Soc-coordination] Update: provisional number of slots is *still* 10
steve at einval.com
Tue Apr 15 09:43:32 UTC 2008
On Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 02:25:17AM -0700, Don Armstrong wrote:
>On Tue, 15 Apr 2008, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
>> That would favour students who are in their later years of
>> engineering (or similar) studies. I'm not sure that's reasonable.
>More importantly, it's favoring the students who are more likely to
>complete their project successfully (and usefully), because they have
>thought through what is required and have a base of knowledge
>necessary to complete it. It likely also favors advanced students as a
>side effect, but there's nothing really wrong with that. Students who
>don't make the final cut should be encouraged to try again next year,
>ideally with evaluations by mentors indicating precisely what the
>weaknesses in their proposal were.
Absolutely, yes. I *want* a bias towards students who:
* have already shown themselves to be organised and prepared to work
* have looked into the problem thoroughly
* have shown they have the skills needed
precisely because they're the most likely to succeed. We like
successful projects and students, and so do the folks at Google.
Steve McIntyre, Cambridge, UK. steve at einval.com
< sladen> I actually stayed in a hotel and arrived to find a post-it
note stuck to the mini-bar saying "Paul: This fridge and
fittings are the correct way around and do not need altering"
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