Students participating with BRL-CAD in the 2009 GSoC have a checklist of actions that they should perform before getting started on their projects. Students are also expected to be aware of what is expected of them throughout the summer.
Last year, more than 7000 applications were received from nearly 4000 students for the 175 participating organizations. Of those, only 1125 applications/students were funded. Altogether, this represented a $5.6 million dollar (USD) investment by Google in open source software development. Way cool.
You can see our Project Ideas page for a list of project suggestions that are suggested to be of particular interest. There are several other areas of development that are of high-interest as well. Students are welcome to submit their own ideas as well and are encouraged to collaborate with the developers on formulating new projects. Student applications for GSoC will be accepted on Google's project website between March 23 and April 3. See http://socghop.appspot.com/for more information.