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Synthetic Biology for Undergraduates at MIT

iGEM 2011 recruiting is open! The deadline is Sunday, March 13.

To apply for the 2011 MIT iGEM team, send the following to igem-2011-applications at mit dot edu:

  1. Your resume/CV, which should include relevant coursework and research experience.
  2. A list of any other commitments you've made for the summer.
  3. ~250 words describing why you're generally interested in synthetic biology and iGEM.
  4. ~250 words describing a project that you think would be appropriate and exciting for iGEM. This can be somewhat vague or can be more specific. You should look at previous iGEM projects for inspiration and to get a handle on the typical scope. Links to previous years: 2006, 2007, 2008 (abstracts), 2009 (abstracts), 2010 (abstracts). Before looking at teams in detail, you should browse through the project abstracts. You may want to consider writing the project idea in the form of a UROP research proposal.

Please submit your application in PDF format to igem-2011-applications at mit dot edu. Final decisions will be made no later than Friday, March 18. If you have questions about the application process, please send an email to the same address.

The 10-week program will take place June 6 - August 12, and will include some optional commitment in October and November to finalize the project for the iGEM regional competition. There will be a range of time people put in during the summer, corresponding to how much UROP credit you want. You may also want to save some time for the Bahamas, in case the World Championships are held there.