ASU iGEM 2014: Now Accepting Applications!

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We are recruiting new members for the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition, iGEM. Never heard of iGEM before? Visit http://igem.org/About for more information and some examples of award-winning team projects.

What does the ASU iGEM experience look like?

  • Spring – meet with your teammates and advisors, develop a project idea, meet other budding teams across the Southwest
  • Summer (May – August) – use DNA as building blocks to develop a living cell that carries out an engineered function, such as blinking, toggle-switching, generating valuable chemical compounds…yes, biology can do that. Apply graphic design/ web page building to communicate the team’s project to the world, scientists, non-scientists, and students. Think forward…prepare to explain what impact your invention will have on a world in which your synthetic organism has not yet become a part of society.
  • Fall (October) – bring your results to the most exciting student research jamboree in the world, which takes place in Boston, MA. Return to ASU as celebrated heroes of bioengineering!

We are seeking undergraduate applicants with a minimum of some coursework that is relevant to synthetic biology (e.g., biology, molecular biology, circuit design, applied math/ calculus, relevant humanities course, graphic design, etc.).

You should definitely consider registering for Dr. Haynes’ course Molecular Synthetic Biology, or at least attend our research article discussions.

DEADLINE EXTENSION: Please complete the application online by Friday, February 21st. Send inquiries to the lead faculty advisor Dr. Haynes. DO NOT send your c.v./ resume/ or transcript at this time. We may ask for these items later in the selection process. We will follow up in early February and hold an in-person, group interview of the finalists in late February/ early March.

If you are not an undergraduate but want to get involved, please e-mail Dr. Karmella Haynes.

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