Registration FAQs



Registration FAQs

Registration Process

  1. How do I add members to my team roster?
    • There are multiple ways to add members to your team:
      • After the team application has been accepted, the instructors of the team will receive a team registration code that they can provide to students on the team. The students can then create a user account and at that point, join the already existing team and add themselves to the team roster.
      • When team members create their user accounts, they will be able to join an existing iGEM team by request. Once they complete their user account setup, they will have a user account but it will be up to the instructors to accept their membership on the team. Instructors will be able to do this by going to the Team Information page.
      • The primary contact of the team will be be able to add team members to the team roster by inputting their Users & Groups system user names into the Team Information page. For this, the team members must have already created their own user accounts. This last method of adding team members is probably not the easiest way since you will be faced with a pull down list of all user names, so we would suggest adding members via one of the first two methods.
  2. What if I already have a Registry account?
    • The Registry user database has been copied over to the User & Groups Management system. This means that your Registry account WILL work to log in to UNG and therefore, to iGEM 2011. Don't forget that it is all one log in system now. Note: The Registry has moved over to the same servers/computers that iGEM and UNG are on and therefore works with the single log in system.
  3. Do projects have to be described when the team registers?
    • No, the Resource Description should explain what resources the team has to do their work. The team is given a month after the beginning of their summer to select and describe their project.
  4. Can I get a Receipt or Invoice for my team payment?
    • The team payment information is at the Team Registration Fee you can get an invoice there. If you need more help, there is contact information at the bottom of the page.
  5. I don't know the names of the students yet. How can I register?
    • We don't expect you to know the names of the students yet. You can change your team's roster until the deadline for the Jamboree. All you need now is your primary contact information, requirements description, and team registration fee.
  6. I am a student at ??? university. What do I need to do to register a team?
    • You need to have the active engagement of two instructors. One of them will be the primary contact. So, go find some friendly instructors and ask them for help. Check for more information about how to start a team.
  7. I am an undergraduate and when I try to register my team, the "Apply for a new iGEM 2011 team" link is grayed out. How can I register?
    • Only a faculty member can register an iGEM team. We need to know who is the primary contact and who will pay the bills and supervise the team.
  8. I see the budget includes stipends for the students. Is that required?
    • The students have to survive over the summer. Whatever arrangements you work out with the students is up to you. But, please treat iGEM as a full-time activity for the students. Other teams will.
  9. How do I specify a track during Registration?
    • The track specification on the Team Information page does not need to be specified at the time of Registration. Teams will choose tracks later in the iGEM season. See the Calendar for specific dates as they become available.

Team Composition

  1. Can one student be a team?
    • No, iGEM is a team-based program. The interactions of the team members and their advisors are an important part of the iGEM activity. Also, iGEM requires a major effort from the team and it is unlikely that an individual undergraduate student could compete effectively. Finally, the involvement of two instructors is also part of the iGEM program. Simply having two faculty advisors who oversee your work will not be enough. So, find some friends and build a real iGEM team for next year.
  2. How big can a team be?
    • There is no limit to the number of undergraduate or high-school students on a team. The limit is only natural. If there are too many students, you may find it hard to come to a single project. But, some teams do have more than one project. They have to fit all the projects into one poster and one 20 minute presentation. Also, it may be expensive to bring many students to the Jamboree.


  1. We want to have a team next year. Can we get the DNA Distribution now?
    • Yes, the parts distribution is available to Academic Labs that are members of the Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Please have your lab director contact Meagan or see for membership. When that is complete, we will be happy to send the current parts to you.
  2. We are in the southern hemisphere and summer vacation is during January and February when can we get the parts?
    • Most of our parts come from iGEM teams in early November. They get processed and put into the DNA distribution for the following year around March. We can send you the distribution from the previous year anytime prior to around March.

iGEM Season

  1. Do I have to attend the teachers workshops in person? Can a graduate student attend?
    • IGEM is a community activity. It will be best for you to meet the other instructors and be able to represent the Synthetic Biology activities at your school.
  2. Do I have to attend the Jamboree?
    • The Jamboree is the climax of the iGEM program. You should try to attend. In the past we have had some teams who planned to just send a representative to present the team's project. That would be less expensive, but would deprive the rest of the team members of this important experience and full credit for their accomplishments. However, not all students are able to attend; we are disappointed but understand.
  3. I was the leader of an iGEM team in 2010, but can't participate this year. What should I do?
    • Please let us know about this sad situation. It will help up plan better. We have to make arrangements for the Jamboree very soon and need an accurate count of teams participating in iGEM 2011.