IGEM:Harvard/2006/Project Proposals

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Organization Suggestions

Think about these questions when preparing your project proposals for the group meeting.

For each project idea:

  • What is the specific goal of the project?
    • Alternate phrasing, courtesy of Kit Parker - what is the "deliverable?" The thing you will point to and say "this is our project?"
  • What are two or three possible means of implementing the idea?
  • Risk
    • How many untested things have to work for the project to succeed?
    • How will you test whether those things work or not?
    • How will you adjust your plan when one of these things fails to work?
    • How will you minimize the time/effort/resources lost to a failed design?
      • Can your time/effort/resources apply to more than one design simultaneously?
  • Reward
    • How cool, fun, exciting is the project for you?
    • What if any is the usefulness or societal benefit of the project?
    • What is going to impress the judges in November?
  • Timeline
    • What are the project milestones? (design, construction, testing)
    • What is the estimated time required for each? (always overestimate)
    • If you can't reach your ultimate goal by August, is there a satisfying intermediate goal?
    • What is the immediate next step in pursuing the project?
      • If DNA synthesis will be required, how soon will you have the sequence designed?