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Note: The requirements for participating in iGEM 2011 are below. iGEM HQ reserves the right to alter or amend the requirements at any time, so do check back from time to time. Any major changes will be communicated via email and the iGEM website.

Requirements for Participation in iGEM 2011

  1. What is an iGEM Team?
  2. iGEM teams are made up of Students, Advisors, Instructors, and an Organizer.

    • Students: undergraduates at an accredited college or university who have not yet earned a bachelor’s degree [at the time of Team Registration i.e. March]. These can include students working towards a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree.
    • Advisors: Postgraduate students, postdocs are welcome to assist the Instructors and train/ guide the Students.
    • Instructors: The team must be supervised by at least two faculty, lecturers, teachers, etc.
    • Organizer: One of the faculty members must be the team Organizer (designated primary contact) and is responsible for the official registration of the team, the team roster, and payment of team fees.

    Team structure: Students are responsible for the primary work of a team. The standard iGEM team must have at least a 2:1 ratio of undergraduate Students to postgraduate Advisors. Several schools may combine to form a team and one school may have several teams.

    Non-standard iGEM teams: These are teams with less than a 2:1 ratio of undergraduates to postgraduate Students. Special rules and awards apply to these teams.

  3. Registration and Other Fees:
    • Team registration: A $2000USD registration fee is required for each team. See the Team Registration Fee page.
    • Regional Jamboree attendance fee: $225USD for each undergraduate; $425USD for all other attendees.
    • World Championship Jamboree attendance fee: $225USD is required for each undergraduate and $425USD for all other attendees for teams that advance to the World Championship Jamboree. See the Jamboree Attendance Fee page.
  4. Project Documentation:
  5. The team's project must be documented on the iGEM Wiki, the parts used in their project must be documented in the Registry online.

    • Wiki: You have the freedom to be creative, but a few specific rules apply. See the wiki requirements.
    • Data Page: Your Wiki must include one page that shows:
      • A simple illustration of how the device works and where the Parts function in the system and
      • Links to the Registry for the parts/ constructs for which you have produced data.

    Do not expect the judges to look for data on other pages in your Wiki. See the Sample Data page.

  6. Parts Submission:
  7. Your submissions are needed to make the Registry better and better every year. Teams are required to provide their parts to the Registry as:

    1. Standard biological parts in a standard BioBrick shipping plasmid, and as
    2. High-quality documentation in the online registry

    The physical DNA must be received by the Registry the deadline. Be sure you understand the requirements before submitting your DNA by the deadline. The standard shipping plasmid for the Registry is pSB1C3. See the DNA submission page for more details.

    Be sure you understand the requirements before submitting your DNA by the deadline.

  8. Software:
  9. If your team is participating in the software tools track, you must make tools for use with standard BioBrick parts. Software tools must be available as open source projects on the iGEM servers. See more information on the Software Tools page.

  10. Attributions:
  11. The description of each project must clearly attribute work done by the Students and distinguish it from work done by others, including the host labs, Advisors, Instructors, technicians, sponsors, professional website designers/ artists, and commercial services.

  12. Safety:
    • Safety Questions: Teams are required to answer the Safety questions on their team Safety Wiki page. See the Safety page for the list of questions.
    • Deadline: Questions must be answered by the deadline. See Calendar for details.
  13. Project Presentation:
  14. All team members are required to attend their Regional Jamboree in October 2011. Each team will give a 20 minute presentation and present a poster of their project. Oral and poster presentations must be given by the Students.

  15. Positive Contribution:
  16. All participants are required to work hard to build positive contributions to society and have lots of fun.

If you have any questions about the requirements for participating in iGEM 2011, contact the staff at iGEM Headquarters.