The student application period opens on Monday. For the record, here is the GSoC timeline between now and the end of the program:

March 28, 19:00 UTC
Student application period opens.

April 8, 19:00 UTC
Student application deadline.

Interim Period:
Mentoring organizations review and rank student proposals; where necessary, mentoring organizations may request further proposal detail from the student applicant.

April 22
All mentors must be signed up and all student proposals matched with a mentor – 07:00 UTC

Student ranking/scoring deadline. Please do not add private comments with a nonzero score or mark students as ineligible (unless doing so as part of resolving duplicate accepted students) after this deadline – 17:00 UTC

IRC meeting to resolve any outstanding duplicate accepted students – 19:00 UTC #gsoc

April 25, 19:00 UTC
Accepted student proposals announced on the Google Summer of Code 2011 site.

Community Bonding Period:
Students get to know mentors, read documentation, get up to speed to begin working on their projects. Generally, this is when any questions over code approach are decided, and general architecture is figured out, so that when the coding period opens, you’re ready to go. Student should already be familiar with the WordPress codebase, and should not plan to use this period to learn it.

May 23:
Students officially begin coding for their GSoC projects. In reality, most of students begin coding during the community bonding period.

July 11, 19:00 UTC
Mentors and students can begin submitting mid-term evaluations.

July 15, 19:00 UTC
Mid-term evaluations deadline;

August 15:
Suggested ‘pencils down’ date. Take a week to scrub code, write tests, improve documentation, etc.

August 22:

19:00 UTC

Firm ‘pencils down’ date. Mentors, students and organization administrators can begin submitting final evaluations to Google.

August 26, 19:00 UTC
Final evaluation deadline

Will be contacting the confirmed mentors tomorrow to set up irc chats, walk through guidelines, etc. If you don’t hear from me tomorrow, but thought you were going to be a mentor, ping me over the weekend or on Monday.