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==Content of a fundraising brochure that can be used every year==
==Content of a fundraising brochure that can be used every year==
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'''What is Synthetic Biology and why is it important?'''<br style="clear:both;"/>
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The MIT iGEM Team yearX
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Synthetic biology is an emerging scientific discipline converging nano-scale biology, computation and engineering.  Synthetic biologists design and construct new biological parts, devices and systems to perform specific tasks. By modularizing genetic components of living systems into standardized, exchangeable units, synthetic biologists develop a platform to program biological systems more effectively. The modular approach facilitates biological experimentation and promotes a deeper understanding of principles of life. Synthetic biology fundamentally innovates biological engineering, enabling better applications in nano-technology, medicine, agriculture, bio-remediation and energy production. <br style="clear:both;"/><br style="clear:both;"/>
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'''Synthetic biology''' is an emerging scientific discipline converging nano-scale biology, computation and engineering. In synthetic biology, researchers design and construct new biological parts, devices and systems for useful purposes.  They also redesign existing biological systems to perform specific tasks.  By modularizing and standardizing various components of living systems, synthetic biologists not only innovate biological engineering but also deduce principles of life.
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'''iGEM - an integral part of Synthetic Biology'''<br style="clear:both;"/>
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iGEM is the <u>international Genetically Engineered Machine</u> competition, a celebrated annual event at MIT. At the competition jamboree, undergraduate research teams from all over the world present new biological parts after a process of design, construction and characterization. iGEM not only promotes synthetic biology by expanding the number of useful biological parts freely available to the world, but it also prepares a new generation of young scientists for a technology-driven future through experimentation and collaboration.<br style="clear:both;"/><br style="clear:both;"/>
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The first iGEM took place in 2004(?) with five(?) participating undergraduate research teams.  The popularity of iGEM grew quickly.  In 2006, xx teams from all over the world participated in the competition jamboree.  In 2007, the number increased to xx.  Within only a number of years, iGEM has established a structure and support… with foreseeable further expansion in the near future.)<br style="clear:both;"/><br style="clear:both;"/>
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'''iGEM''' is the ''international Genetically Engineered Machine'' competition held annually by MIT.  The goal of iGEM is to (research, education, build and share parts called BioBricks as building blocks of biology, collaboration,
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'''Who are the MIT iGEM team?'''<br style="clear:both;"/>
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Our team consists of many talented scientists, including:<br style="clear:both;"/><br style="clear:both;"/>
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The first iGEM took place in 2004(?) with five(?) participating undergraduate research teams.  The popularity of iGEM grew quickly. In 2006, xx teams from all over the world participated in the competition jamboree.  In 2007, the number increased to xx. (Within several years… established structure and support… foresee further expansion and contribution)
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- Undergraduate researchers who have demonstrated great enthusiasm and sound understanding of synthetic biology. The research team performs experiments on a full-time basis during the summer. In early autumn, the team prepares formal presentations, a poster and a seminar, for the competition jamboree, which takes place in early November.<br style="clear:both;"/><br style="clear:both;"/>
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(ideas for images with brief legend: photo-sensitive bacterial film from UT, bactoblood from 2007, MIT 2006 team’s design [a creative, proof-of-principle project for metabolic engineering])
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- Graduate advisors, who are graduate students volunteering to build and guide the undergraduate research team. Graduate advisors recruit undergraduate researchers, fundraise, lead the brainstorming process for research project design and help supervise the undergraduate research team until the competition jamboree.<br style="clear:both;"/><br style="clear:both;"/>
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'''The MIT iGEM team''' consists of
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- Faculty advisors from multiple departments. They provide expertise on research projects to ensure a successful learning experience for both undergraduate and graduate members.<br style="clear:both;"/><br style="clear:both;"/>
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* Undergraduate researchers who have demonstrated great enthusiasm and sound understanding of synthetic biology.  The research team performs experiments on a full-time basis on campus during the summer.  In fall, the team prepares formal presentations (a poster and a seminar) for the competition jamboree, which takes place in early November.
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* Graduate advisors, who are graduate students at MIT volunteering to build and guide the undergraduate research team.  Graduate advisors recruit undergraduate researchers, fundraise, lead the brainstorming process for research project design and help supervise the undergraduate research team until the competition jamboree.
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* Faculty advisors from various departments at MIT. (feedback on research project design, progress and presentation)
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(excellent teaching opportunity for faculty member and grad advisors. Excellent learning opportunity for undergrads…  learn lab techniques and develop professional communication/presentation skills)
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'''Support''' is needed for the MIT iGEM team to thrive. (Expenses include: summer stipend for undergraduate researchers, reagents for experiments, jamboree registration fees) (wanted: endowment for iGEM at MIT) (link purposes of iGEM to the mission and spirit of MIT) (Contact info for donors)
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For more information on the current team members, please visit our web page.<br style="clear:both;"/><br style="clear:both;"/>
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(Last: references, including links to our fundraising web page, iGEM jamboree, Synthetic Biology web site, MIT BE home page, MIT bio home page, MIT home page)
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'''The MIT iGEM Team Needs Your Support!'''<br style="clear:both;"/>
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Our iGEM team cannot thrive without adequate sponsorship. The undergraduate researchers need salary funding on a full-time scale during summer so that they can concentrate on laboratory work, which is crucial for the success of their iGEM project. Additional funding is needed to purchase laboratory reagents and materials. Entry to the competition also requires team registration and attendance fees. We value iGEM as an excellent teaching and learning opportunity for all team members as well as a great venue for scientific contribution. We belive that our participation in iGEM embodies MIT's committment to science and education, and we sincerely appreciate your help to build the MIT iGEM team.<br style="clear:both;"/><br style="clear:both;"/>
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(Contact info for donors; links to our fundraising web page, iGEM.org, Synthetic Biology wiki, MIT home page)

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What is Synthetic Biology and why is it important?
Synthetic biology is an emerging scientific discipline converging nano-scale biology, computation and engineering. Synthetic biologists design and construct new biological parts, devices and systems to perform specific tasks. By modularizing genetic components of living systems into standardized, exchangeable units, synthetic biologists develop a platform to program biological systems more effectively. The modular approach facilitates biological experimentation and promotes a deeper understanding of principles of life. Synthetic biology fundamentally innovates biological engineering, enabling better applications in nano-technology, medicine, agriculture, bio-remediation and energy production.

iGEM - an integral part of Synthetic Biology
iGEM is the international Genetically Engineered Machine competition, a celebrated annual event at MIT. At the competition jamboree, undergraduate research teams from all over the world present new biological parts after a process of design, construction and characterization. iGEM not only promotes synthetic biology by expanding the number of useful biological parts freely available to the world, but it also prepares a new generation of young scientists for a technology-driven future through experimentation and collaboration.

The first iGEM took place in 2004(?) with five(?) participating undergraduate research teams. The popularity of iGEM grew quickly. In 2006, xx teams from all over the world participated in the competition jamboree. In 2007, the number increased to xx. Within only a number of years, iGEM has established a structure and support… with foreseeable further expansion in the near future.)

Who are the MIT iGEM team?
Our team consists of many talented scientists, including:

- Undergraduate researchers who have demonstrated great enthusiasm and sound understanding of synthetic biology. The research team performs experiments on a full-time basis during the summer. In early autumn, the team prepares formal presentations, a poster and a seminar, for the competition jamboree, which takes place in early November.

- Graduate advisors, who are graduate students volunteering to build and guide the undergraduate research team. Graduate advisors recruit undergraduate researchers, fundraise, lead the brainstorming process for research project design and help supervise the undergraduate research team until the competition jamboree.

- Faculty advisors from multiple departments. They provide expertise on research projects to ensure a successful learning experience for both undergraduate and graduate members.

For more information on the current team members, please visit our web page.

The MIT iGEM Team Needs Your Support!
Our iGEM team cannot thrive without adequate sponsorship. The undergraduate researchers need salary funding on a full-time scale during summer so that they can concentrate on laboratory work, which is crucial for the success of their iGEM project. Additional funding is needed to purchase laboratory reagents and materials. Entry to the competition also requires team registration and attendance fees. We value iGEM as an excellent teaching and learning opportunity for all team members as well as a great venue for scientific contribution. We belive that our participation in iGEM embodies MIT's committment to science and education, and we sincerely appreciate your help to build the MIT iGEM team.

(Contact info for donors; links to our fundraising web page, iGEM.org, Synthetic Biology wiki, MIT home page)


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