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The Cornell iGEM Team is an award-winning synthetic biology research team comprised of 30 undergraduate students. The team is comprised of five subteams: Wet Lab, Product Development, Policy and Practices, Business, and Wiki/Design. The team works throughout the school year and summer to solve local and global problems related to medical applications, environmental concerns, and human and animal health. We compete against 300+ multidisciplinary teams from all around the world at the iGEM Giant Jamboree, hosted annually by the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation.
Check out the Cornell iGEM Team, 2017 winner of Gold and Best Supporting Entrepreneurship against 310 other international university teams!
Novel drug delivery system and probiotic treatment for Bacterial Coldwater Disease and app for monitoring nutrient content in fish hatcheriesAchievements
The wet lab subteam integrates myriad ideas and subjects them to rigorous testing and analysis. Using the most advanced techniques in molecular biology and biochemistry, we design novel experiments to purify our therapeutics, to assess their efficacy, and to test their stability. We are committed to making contributions to synthetic biology through the heterologous expression and the characterization of proteins that remain poorly understood.
The business subteam has two primary roles within Cornell iGEM. First, we establish partnerships and sponsorship with many outside organizations to ensure that the project is financially viable. Second, each year we evaluate the marketability of our project and consider applications of our project to improve existing industry. Our coordination with sponsors and development of business models for Cornell iGEM positions us as the fiscal backbone of the team, helping to bring the team’s project ideas to reality.
The product development subteam is an end-to-end product development team that is user centered and engineering focused, with the end goal of bringing Cornell iGEM's biological engineering technology to the real world. We apply design thinking and various engineering disciplines to explore user needs, generate a problem statement, design and prototype a solution to the problem, and create product specifications and prepare for manufacture.
The Policy and Practices subteam contextualizes Cornell iGEM's genetic engineering projects and examines its impact through community engagement and collaborations. The subteam coordinates outreach events such as youth mentorship programs, forums, and expos. Policy and Practices also analyzes policies, and connects those who are familiar and unfamiliar to our project. Through interviews with field experts and interactions with the public, we are reminded that the people we meet always have stories to tell. We aim to share our story with them, too.
Our team is made of students from every year, every college, and every major. From gene-splicing in wet lab to pursuing business endeavors to organizing outreach events, bright passionate students make this team thrive.
We recruit in both fall and spring. Below is the breakdown of what a year on Cornell iGEM looks like:
We are currently recruiting! If you are interested, please attend one of the info sessions below:
9/14 - Info Session 1 at 4-5PM in Weill 224
9/15 - Info Session 2 at 4-5PM in Weill 224
If you have any questions, feel free to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hello 2019 applicants!
We allow applying to 1 or 2 subteams that you are interested in. Take careful note that all new members are expected to stay the summer, unless only applying to the business or wiki sub teams (you will still be expected to contribute remotely). Due to our competition schedule, it is exceedingly difficult to contribute significantly to our project if not here over the summer.
Applications are due at 11:59 PM on September 20th. Please give yourself some time to complete this application. We will send out interview sign ups if you are moving on by Wednesday Sept. 25th at the latest. Good luck!
If you have any questions while completing your application, please do not hesitate to email us at email@example.com.
Link to Application
Here is your chance to really stand out from other applicants by showing us your skills, talent, potential, and personality. So write away, keep it interesting, and impress us! Links to past projects can be found on our website: https://igem.engineering.cornell.edu
Taking past iGEM projects into consideration, explain (1) why you are a good fit for this team, and (2) why iGEM is a good fit for you. [400 Word Limit]
Tell us something cool about yourself.
BioBrick is a term coined by iGEM to describe a interchangeable DNA part. Go to http://parts.igem.org/Frequently_Used_Parts to get a better idea of what some common BioBricks are. In a one paragraph, pitch your idea for a novel BioBrick. [300 Word Limit]
The Product Development Subteam integrates biology into other engineering fields in order to develop innovative products. If your major isn't related to biology, what is something that excites you in your field of study? If it is, what is a technology or innovation outside of biology that excites you? How could synthetic biology be integrated into this? [300 Word Limit]
(Optional) Please briefly list any technical/software skills you possess [Ex. Fusion 360, SQL, Welding]:
Consider this scenario: Wet Lab has created bacteria that can remove carbon dioxide from the air. Product Development has designed a system that applies this bacteria's function to the real world. How would you pitch the product to a potential sponsor and how would you raise enough funds to take the company forward? [300 Word Limit]
(Optional) If you have a portfolio, please include a shareable link to it
Policy & Practices/Outreach:
Consider the following scenario: This year's wet lab has produced bacteria that can harness photosynthetic processes to turn plant by-products into ethanol, and product development has devised a device to most efficiently utilize these bacteria. As part of the Policy & Practices team, who would you contact to help discover and analyze the impact of the project, relevant policies and regulations, related research, bioethics of the project, design considerations for the product, etc.? Please detail specific reasons for choosing each stakeholder. (300-500 words)
Please share your innovative ideas for one short-term outreach project and one long-term outreach initiative. What would you do and why would this type of outreach be meaningful?
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