BRL-CAD has been accepted as a mentoring organization in the 2008 Google Summer of Code . The Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is a summer program for students hosted by Google every year that pays students a stipend of $4500 over the course of summer to work on open source projects. BRL-CAD has been accepted to participate and will be accepting and reviewing student applications between March 24th through March 31st. Any students interested in participating should visit the BRL-CAD GSoC wiki pages  for more information about the submission process and details on some of the available project ideas .
Students interested in working on BRL-CAD should consult with the developers via the #brlcad IRC channel  on Freenode or through the brlcad-devel mailing list  regardless of the proposal to help develop a more detailed and desirable proposal submission. Students are strongly encouraged to get involved early-on in the submission process, to discuss proposals in depth, and to help mentors become better acquainted with the students.
Now in its fourth year running, the Google Summer of Code has already brought together over 1500 students and 2000 mentors from 90 countries worldwide to open source software development, all for the love of code. One of the primary goals of the program is to introduce students to free open source software development with the specific intent of attracting those students as new long-term developers for that project. For BRL-CAD, this is very much the primary reason for participating. With increased awareness, new developers, and increased developer activity, the BRL-CAD developers hope to accelerate open source CAD development to benefit the entire CAD user community.
BRL-CAD is a powerful cross-platform open source solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, image and signal-processing tools, a system performance analysis benchmark suite, libraries for robust geometric representation, with more than 20 years of active development. See the BRL-CAD website at http://brlcad.org for more information.