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iGEM - The International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition

As the premiere undergraduate teaching program in synthetic biology, the iGEM competition is an integral component of Synberc's education program. Student teams are given a kit of biological parts at the beginning of the summer from the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Working at their own schools over the summer, they use these parts and new parts of their own design to build biological systems and operate them in living cells. This project design and competition format is an exceptionally motivating and effective teaching method.

Congratulations to all of the 2015 iGEM participants and winners! Visit here for a full list of results.

Synberc held three workshops at the 2015 iGEM Jamboree. Read below for information about the Paving the Way to Graduate School workshop, visit here to learn more about the Synthetic Dance-ology workshop, and visit here to learn more about the SynBio at Science Museums workshop. Thank you to those that attended that made each workshop a grand success!


Synberc held the "Paving the Way to Graduate School" workshop at the iGEM Jamboree. Here are some resources from that event:

Synberc guide to graduate school

Synberc's Quick Guide to Graduate School gathers together wisdom from students, professors, and admissions experts to help you get into top graduate programs in synthetic biology related disci-plines. It includes some sample timelines, tips for preparing early, how to choose the right grad school, and some data about grad school admissions and stats.

iGEM Graduate School presentation

The Paving the Way to Graduate School Presentation aims to help students submit a competitive application to graduate school. The presentation gives suggestions about how to maximize your research experiences, get strong letters of recommendation, evaulate and choose a program, and develop a balanced graduate school application. This is a must-read for anyone considering graduate school.


 Learn more at the iGEM website