IGEM:MIT/2008/Notebook/Fundraise

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  • This notebook page is used for editing fundraising material.

Content of a fundraising brochure that can be used every year

(preliminary... feel free to edit)

Title Page: The MIT iGEM Team yearX (ideas for images: MIT campus/logo, microscopy images, flow charts or diagrams of cellular circuitry)

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. (briefly cite successful examples of syn. bio?)

(ideas for images:)

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,)

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)

(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])

The MIT iGEM team consists of i) 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. ii) 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. iii) Faculty advisors from various departments at MIT. (feedback on research project design, progress and presentation) (excellent teaching opportunity for faculty member and grad advisors. Excellent learning opportunity for undergrads… learn lab techniques and develop professional communication/presentation skills)

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)

(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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