iGEM 2021 Judging Applications
On this page you will find information on: Judging at the Giant Jamboree, Why Should You be an iGEM Judge?, Who Should Apply to be a Judge?, Benefits for Judges, Application Process, Recruitment Goals, and the Judge Application
Judging at the Giant Jamboree
Judging in iGEM is a fun, rewarding experience and requires commitment! Through the judging process, our judges will evaluate, celebrate, and help guide the next generation of synthetic biologists. Judges help the entire iGEM community celebrate the hard work and achievements of our iGEM teams.
We need judges — both experienced and new — who understand and value iGEM. Many of our judges come back year after year, and we gladly welcome new judges to apply as well.
iGEM teams work incredibly hard on their projects, so we need judges who are also committed. Judges are expected to dedicate their time and effort to thoroughly evaluate the projects of their assigned teams. The judging process also includes attending virtual training sessions prior to the Jamboree, attending various sessions during the Giant Jamboree to interact with and evaluate your assigned teams, and providing written feedback to your assigned teams.
To understand more about our core judging values, please watch our Introduction to Judging video from 2020:
"Being a judge is a very gratifying, educating and awesome experience!"
- Dimitrios Michailidis, University of Sheffield
Why Should You be an iGEM Judge?
Judging at the annual iGEM Giant Jamboree is an incredibly fulfilling and worthwhile experience for all judges, whether you're returning as a veteran judge or are a new judge this year. Participants in iGEM will gain the experience of a lifetime. Be a part of the journey. Become an iGEM judge!
"Although it was crazy and I felt overwhelmed at times, I loved the community feel and all of the students networking and talking science. It was overall an incredibly AMAZING experience."
- Melanie Sabourin, Public Health Agency of Canada
Contribute to the iGEM Community
By volunteering to judge at the Giant Jamboree, you will contribute to one of the most meaningful opportunities that these students experience in synthetic biology. Providing constructive feedback to these dedicated students can be life changing for them as they continue through their academic career and beyond.
As a judge, you will:
- Help teams learn from their experience by giving both positive and constructive feedback
- Identify areas of excellence that deserve to be celebrated through awards
- Take part in shaping the next generation of researchers, entrepreneurs, and leaders
Who Should Apply to be a Judge?
We're looking for:
- iGEM PIs, instructors, and advisors, from both current and past iGEM teams
- People who have judged iGEM previously
- iGEM alumni who want to stay involved, including professionals, graduate students, and post-docs
- Professionals in the synthetic biology, biotechnology, and engineering industries
- People who have experience in complementary areas, such as the humanities, art and design, and software
If you have colleagues who you think should apply, please feel free to direct them to this form. While previous iGEM experience is preferred, we gladly welcome new applicants - particularly those that demonstrate a strong knowledge of and value for iGEM.
Applicants must be at least 23 years old as of March 31, 2021, and have completed their undergraduate degree by June 30, 2021, to be considered for the judging panel.
If you are a student on a 2021 iGEM team, then you can't apply to be a judge this year, but you can apply when you graduate and become an iGEM alum!
"This is not just about training scientists; this is about training the next generation of bioengineers and entrepreneurs."
- Dr. Hans-Joachim Wieden, University of Lethbridge
Benefits for Judges
Attending for Free: Judges will not pay any registration fee for the Giant Jamboree!
Networking: Much like the iGEM teams, you'll have the chance to connect with people from around the globe, to expand your synthetic biology community, and to form new collaborations beyond the Giant Jamboree.
Learning About New Technology: You will learn about the latest cutting edge work being done in synthetic biology from student teams who are driven to excel and who test the boundaries of synthetic biology through their projects.
We are accepting applications on a rolling basis. We will be evaluating applications once per month (we will download applications on the 15th of the month or the closest business day) and we will contact applicants approximately two weeks after the evaluation period with a status notification, such as 1. invitation to judge, 2. invitation to serve as a reserve judge, 3. invitation to re-apply, or 4. decline for 2021 with an invitation to apply next year. Notifications will be sent once per month, beginning at the beginning of June, until our quota is full (expected by the end of September). We encourage you to apply early to increase your chances of being selected!
The format and schedule of the Giant Jamboree in 2021 is still unknown, but it is a topic we are actively working on at iGEM HQ. Applicants who are invited to join the judging panel will be asked to confirm acceptance and availability once the Jamboree details are announced. Travel will not be required for participation as the Jamboree will have a virtual component regardless of the final format of the event.
You can apply to be a judge before knowing if you can fully commit to attending the Giant Jamboree. We can also provide an official invitation letter if you require that to secure permission from your institute to participate as a judge.
Once we have reached our quota of judges, we will close the application and add a notice to this page.
Applications will be anonymized and evaluated by experienced judges who belong to the Judging Corps Committee. If possible, please refrain from using identifying information in the answers to your application questions (Section 4).
We will be recruiting a diverse judging panel with the following characteristics in mind:
- Gender parity
- Regional diversity with time zone coverage
- iGEM experience (i.e., past and present team PIs, mentors, and advisors; previous team members; returning judges)
Please email traci [AT] igem [DOT] org if you have questions!
Judge Application Form
Thank you for filling out this form. We look forward to picking a strong judging team for 2021!
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