The UC Botanical Garden, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology (PAHMA), and Research IT are jointly funding this effort. John Lowe, service manager for CollectionSpace at UCB, is mentoring the students. According to John, "Regina and RJ will be spending the first few weeks learning the system and working on whatever CollectionSpace projects they can best contribute to." Once acclimated to the development environment, the students will focus on enhancements and fixes requested by the Botanical Garden and by PAHMA, in addition to projects that benefit the other campus collections.
RJ and Regina follow in the footsteps of previous CollectionSpace student employees. The most recent, Julian Jaffe, graduated this spring with a double major in History and Computer Science and will soon begin employment at a firm in San Francisco. The all-around success of this experience was an incentive to find fresh recruits. John then pitched CollectionSpace at several events on campus. He and RJ connected at the 2015 CITRIS Mobile App Challenge and RJ introduced John to Regina. And the rest, as they say, is history.