iGEM BioDesign Bootcamp Application 2018
The iGEM BioDesign Bootcamp is an intensive introduction to synthetic biology, an emerging field which uses molecular techniques to engineer biological systems that solve problems. This Wintersession program, which runs from January 19th to January 25st, will enable participants to learn foundation research skills and get their hands wet with genetic engineering. In parallel to a laboratory component which will guide students through the construction of a genetic device, Professor Neel Joshi of the Wyss Institute and SEAS will provide a conceptual introduction to the field and guide students through the process of project design. Participants will learn widely applicable laboratory skills and protocols which make up the "toolbox" of synthetic biology, including PCR (polymerase chain reaction), DNA purification, bacterial culture and cloning. Although the tempo will be fast-paced, this experience is geared towards participants with diverse backgrounds and any level of prior experience with biological research, including none at all. Resources will be provided to get everyone up to speed.

This program is sponsored by Harvard iGEM and will be excellent preparation for students interested in competing on the 2018 Harvard iGEM team. If students desire future research opportunities, they will be put in contact with the iGEM club, undergraduate research coursework like LS100-r, and faculty laboratories.

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Why are you interested in the iGEM BioDesign Bootcamp? *
Please describe how this fits with your past experiences, intellectual pursuits and/or future plans. 250 words max.
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Please rate your prior experience with problem solving, engineering and analytical thinking. *
No experience necessary!
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Please rate your familiarity with concepts from molecular biology. *
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I didn't take/ don't remember a thing from high school biology.
My middle name is "Transposon".
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Laboratory research is almost always a group effort. Sometimes researchers disagree on the best technique, the significance of a result, or the best direction to take. Please describe an occasion that tested your ability to work with a group and/or your group overcame a challenge through teamwork. *
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What would YOU build with biology? *
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iGEM (international Genetically Engineered Machine competition) is one of the premier undergraduate research experiences in the world. How serious are you about interest in competing on the 2017 Harvard iGEM team? *
This is a paid research opportunity that requires team members to stay in Boston and work in lab full time over the summer 2017.
I want to learn more about the iGEM club and opportunities in synthetic biology on campus. *
I will be available and on campus to participate in the full duration of the Bootcamp, from January 14th to 21st. *
Are you applying to or planning on doing other Wintersession programs? *
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