Well folks, it looks like Ubuntu will once again be participating in the Google Summer of Code. This is a great opportunity for students 18 or older to participate in open source projects with stipends to be awarded by Google.
Details of the Ubuntu project are available on the Ubuntu Wiki here. And an FAQ for the SoC can be found here
I hope you or someone you know can be a part of this. There is no better way to be introduced to the Free and Open Source Software world.