The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to education and competition, the advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of an open community and collaboration.
The centerpiece of iGEM at MIT is the 10-week summer semester. The students work at the MIT Synthetic Biology Center full-time. In addition to their research, they practice communication skills with the BE Communication Lab, engage in outreach with the Boston Museum of Science, and work closely with experts in their chosen problem.
iGEM runs three main programs: the iGEM Competition - an international team competition made up of predominantly undergraduate students interested in the field of synthetic biology; the Labs Program - a program for academic labs to use the same resources as the competition teams; and the Registry of Standard Biological Parts - a growing collection of genetic parts use for building biological devices and systems. iGEM runs the premiere student competition in synthetic biology. Student teams are given a kit of biological parts and work over the summer to build and test biological systems in living cells, ranging from bacteria to mammalian cells. For more information, please visit the website at http://igem.org/