ASU iGEM 2016 Application
Thank you for your interest in joining the ASU 2016 International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) Team.

If this is your first time hearing about iGEM, visit for more information and some examples of team projects. We are seeking applicants with a minimum of some coursework that is relevant to synthetic biology (e.g., biology, molecular biology, circuit design, applied math/ calculus, relevant humanities course, graphic design, etc.).

Although this form allows you to edit responses after you have entered them, we strongly recommend that you work offline (e.g., in Word) and then copy-paste your answers into the text boxes when you are ready to submit your application. All questions/ fields marked with a red asterisk are required.

DEADLINE: Please complete and submit the application by Friday, February 26, 2016. Decisions will be sent before Friday, March 31, 2016.

Applicant Information
Your first and last name.
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Your ASU e-mail address
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ASU Grade level
At what level will you be in Spring 2016? We cannot allow post-graduates/ Masters students on the team.
Department/ School
Please spell out the full name of your Department/ School. Do not use acronymns.
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Area in which you are currently working on a degree.
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Why do you want to join ASU iGEM? Most people will say they want to "gain experience in synthetic biology" or "to help solve xyz grand challenge." We are looking for a more unique and compelling motivation than that. (500 characters max.)
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Please list up to three courses (as course code/ course title/ semester taken) that you have completed that are relevant to the goal of designing, modeling, and testing living cells to carry out custom functions. Explain how what you learned in each course is relevant.
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If you have prior wet lab/ computational/ engineering research experience, please describe your experience here. Include the funding program, project title, your mentor's name, and a brief description of your work and the outcome(s). (500 characters max.)
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Please choose ONE or more of the following essays to complete. The questions are intended to let you demonstrate your problem-solving/ analytical skills in desirable key areas (especially if you don't have much past research experience yet). Your answer will be used to evaluate your creativity and potential to make an intellectual contribution. iGEM teams are multidisciplinary, so only complete the area you are strongest in. Attempting to answer within an area of weakness will decrease the likelihood that you will be selected for the iGEM team.
Graphic Design
This essay has two parts. (1) Describe a plan for maintaining ongoing, fruitful communication with highly technical people in a collaborative effort to create an aesthetically pleasing visual piece that helps non-scientists understand synthetic biology and how cells are engineered to glow green. You may reference past graphic design experience in your answer. (2) Please send *no more than three* superior examples of technical artwork (3D display photos, posters, web pages, figures for teaching, info graphics, animations, videos, etc.) to We prefer to see work related to biology or engineering (although it doesn't have to be). (1200 characters max.)
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Human Practices/ Social Responsibility
Explain the social implications of designing human cells that glow green when they are infected by bacteria. Be careful not to create a science-fiction scenario for the sake of answering this question. We are looking for something more significant than "people are scared of GMOs." The more thoughtful, realistic, contextually significant, and comprehensive your answer is, the stronger your application will be. (1200 characters max.)
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Describe the toughest decision you have had to make as a leader within a student-based organization. Please only answer this if you have served a significant leadership role in a student organization. Please include the name and a brief description of the organization in your answer. (1200 characters max.)
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Your team has run tests on living cells that glow green after the cells have been exposed to a certain input. You are given data with the following values for 1000 individual cells at 10 individual time points: (1) concentration of input, (2) brightness of the green output signal. Describe in detail (step by step) how you would use these data plus any software of choice to discover which amount of input creates the most rapid change in brightness. (1200 characters max.)
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Molecular Biology/ Cell Engineering
Describe a *feasible* plan (based on biological concepts) to create a mammalian cell that glows green (produces green fluorescent protein) when the cell is infected with bacteria. (1200 characters max.)
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Web Design
This essay has two parts. (1) Describe a plan for maintaining ongoing, fruitful communication with research scientists in a collaborative effort to create a user-friendly website that helps non-scientists understand how cells are engineered to glow green. (2) Please list *up to three* superior examples of web sites that you have created, preferably related to biology or engineering (although they don't have to be). Include a site title, URL, and a short description of the software/ tools that you used to build the site. (1200 characters max.)
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