Judging Hub

Welcome to the Judging Hub! This Hub contains information about the judging program for the iGEM Competition. This includes judging information for both teams and judges. We recommend that every team member, including the instructors and PIs, read through all of the "Information for Teams" section thoroughly prior to beginning their iGEM project.

Information for Teams

iGEM teams can compete for medals, prizes, and awards based on the work they’ve carried out throughout the iGEM competition season. During the Giant Jamboree, each team's work is carefully evaluated by a panel of judges and teams are awarded medals, prizes, and/or awards based on that evaluation. Each team member should take the time to read through everything on this page and on the detail pages prior to starting work on their iGEM project.

Judging in iGEM is an essential component to the iGEM Competition. To learn how Judging works for iGEM teams, please read this Introduction to Judging!

All teams can earn a medal. Teams can only win one medal in a given iGEM year. Teams must nominate themselves using the Judging Form. For more details about the 2021 medal criteria, click below.

Teams can compete for various awards on top of the medals. These awards include the Grand Prize, Track Awards, and Special Prizes. For more details about the 2021 award criteria, click below.

Teams are required to use specific URLs in their wiki in order to be eligible for specific awards. For a complete list of required award pages, click below.

Judges will use a rubric to evaluate your team. For details about the questions asked on the rubric, click below.

To nominate your team for medals and awards, you need to fill out your team's Judging Form. For more details about the judging form, click below.

Information for Judges

The role of an iGEM judge goes beyond simply evaluating teams. We have always sought to identify areas of excellence that can be celebrated with our specific awards. But we ask that each judge also consider how their role can be used to elevate the iGEM experience all teams. It is an integral part of iGEM's success and we hope you consider joining our voluntary judging team!

Resources for Judges

Resources for judges include some training materials and Jamboree logistics. Information will be posted in the coming month.

Judging Handbook

We provide a Judging Handbook for both judges and teams to review during the iGEM season. You can now view the 2021 Judging Handbook below!

Apply to Judge

Judge applications are now open!