Start A Team


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iGEM teams are very flexible! In this page we have a couple of suggestions on how to get started.

You can find more examples of previous teams and their projects in their wikis, and if you have any further questions, please contact iGEM Headquarters.

Team Members

iGEM teams are made up of Students, Advisors, Instructors, and an Organizer.

You can't have a team without students and instructors (at least two!).

Find students by:

  • Advertising in biology / chemistry / engineering (or other) undergraduate classes that you teach or attend
  • Put up posters advertising iGEM and hold an information session
  • Advertise through your school's career opportunities office for students looking for summer internships
  • We recommend finding 8 - 12 students from various disciplines, backgrounds, and levels of expertise

Find instructors by:

  • Asking your professors
  • Asking the head of biology / engineering departments
  • One instructor must be a faculty member. It is important that the instructors actually participate during the spring and over the summer

You may want to contact local schools in your area to see if they have already started an iGEM team. They may be able to give you some guidance or, if you can't start a team at your school, see if you can join an already existing team. Teams can be comprised of students from different schools so you can always join forces to create a team.


There are a few requirements that you must follow to participate in iGEM. Be sure to read through them and ask questions if anything needs to be clarified.

You can read the full details on the requirements page

Registration and Fees

Registration will open on (TBD)

Team registration: A $TBD USD team registration fee is required for each team. (due: TBD). World Championship attendance fees: For teams that advance to the World Championship, attendance fees are TBD. For more information about fees see team registration fee page or the attendance fee page.

Funding your Team

Your team will need money for registration, supplies, pizza, and to attend the Jamboree(s). Get help from

Lab Space

Your team will also need space in which to work over the summer.

Documenting your Project

wiki requirements