iGEM 2018 Judging Applications

The iGEM 2018 Judging Roster has been finalized. The judging application form is now closed. This page will no longer be monitored for the rest of the 2018 season.

Judging in iGEM is a lot of fun, but it does require a strong commitment. iGEM teams work incredibly hard on their projects over the summer, so we need judges who are also committed to work hard to evaluate them and who are willing to take part in the whole process of iGEM judging. If you can spend time learning about the judging process during the summer, evaluating team wikis the week before the Jamboree, and attending the Jamboree in October, we would love to have you on board!

We need experienced judges who understand iGEM, and new judges who are willing to learn about iGEM. We will provide educational resources to help judges learn how to evaluate teams, and we will help you get up to speed if you are selected.

Please email vinoo [AT] igem [DOT] org and/or traci [AT] igem [DOT] org if you have questions!

If you have colleagues who you think should apply, please feel free to direct them to this form.

We're looking for:

  • People who have judged iGEM in the past
  • iGEM PIs, instructors, and advisors
  • Synthetic biology researchers who are new to iGEM, including graduate students and post-docs
  • People who have experience in complimentary areas, such as the humanities, art and design, and software
  • Professionals in the synthetic biology, biotechnology, and engineering industries
  • iGEM alumni who want to stay involved

If you are a student on a 2018 iGEM team, you can't apply to be a judge this year. But you can apply when you graduate and become an iGEM alum!

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. Some of the benefits include:

  • Networking: You will meet fellow judges, students, and other professionals from around the world and different walks of life. Find your post-doc, network with industry leaders, and learn how others are doing synthetic biology worldwide!
  • 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.
  • Collaborate: 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.
  • Contribute to the iGEM Community: By volunteering to judge at the Giant Jamboree, you will contribute to what will be the most meaningful opportunity that these students experience in synthetic biology. Providing feedback to these dedicated students can be life changing for them as they continue through their academic career and beyond.

2018 Application Timeline: Deadline to Apply is July 31, 2018

Update as of July 11, 2018: We are now almost to our quota for the judging panel, so we will close judging applications at the end of July.

This year we are accepting applications on a rolling basis so there was no deadline to apply earlier in the year. We will be evaluating applications at the end of each month starting in March and will contact applicants approximately two weeks after the evaluation. This means status notifications (1. invitation to judge, 2. invitation to serve as a reserve judge, 3. invitation to re-apply, or 4. decline for 2018 with an invitation to apply next year) will be sent in the middle of each month, beginning in April, until our quota is full (expected by August). Once we have reached our quota, we will close the application and add a notice to this page.

Applicants who are invited to join the judging panel will be asked to confirm their acceptance, so you may certainly apply to judge prior to knowing if you can fully commit to attending the Giant Jamboree.

Judge Benefits

Instructor judges (team PIs, instructors, and advisors) will receive a 50% discount on their Jamboree attendance fee! Judges who are not affiliated with a team will receive free Jamboree attendance!

We are also excited to offer free childcare for all of our judges throughout the Giant Jamboree!

Judge Application Form

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1.- General Information

Full name: -

Username: -

1. Email

2. Age

Note: To be eligible to become an iGEM judge, you must be at least 23 on the 31st of March 2018. We also expect judges to have completed their undergraduate degree before the Jamboree takes place. Any applicants who do no meet these criteria will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

3. Gender

4. Institution

5. Institution type

6. Position

7. Region Where you currently live/work :

8. Number of years of iGEM experience as a:

2.- Jamboree Information

Please complete this section as well as you can. You will be asked to check or update this information prior to the Jamboree.

1. Sweatshirt Size:

2. Dietary restrictions. If you have other dietary restrictions, please contact iGEM HQ

3. Are you available to attend the entire Giant Jamboree (October 25 - 28 2018, in Boston)?

3.1 If not, please indicate which days/times you are available to attend.

Day Morning Evening
October 24

October 25

October 26

October 27

October 28


If you are selected as a judge, you MUST attend the iGEM 2018 Giant Jamboree in Boston (October 25-28). iGEM currently cannot provide travel funding for judges to attend.

If you are registered as a Primary PI, Secondary PI, Instructor, or Advisor for a 2018 iGEM team, you will receive a 50% discount on your Giant Jamboree registration fee if you are selected as a judge. As both an instructor and a judge, your primary role must be as an instructor. We ensure that your judging assignments do not conflict with your own team's presentation.

If you are not on the roster of a 2018 iGEM team, your Jamboree attendance fee will be waived.

3.- Conflicts of Interest

There are many possible reasons why you might be unable to judge some teams impartially. For example if you are a PI or instructor for the team, if the team comes from a school that you attended, or a school where you work or if you mentored or advised the team informally
These situations could lead to a conflict of interest and iGEM takes conflicts of interests very seriously. Judges are not permitted to evaluate teams for which they have a conflict of interest. If you are a PI or instructor, your first responsibility is to your team, and we will schedule your judging assignment so that you are able to attend your team's presentation.

To select multiple teams, use Ctrl-click or Cmd-click. Don't recognize a team name? Look it up in the Team List.

1. Team Affiliations:

Please select any teams you are officially affiliated with (i.e. you are listed on the team roster as a PI, Instructor, or Advisor).

2. Conflicts of Interest:

Please select any teams for which you have a conflict of interest for another reason. (For example, a team that you mentored informally, or a team from the university where you were an undergrad student.)

3. If you have any other conflicts of interest that are not indicated above, please describe them:

4.- Motivation

Please answer these questions in detail.

Did you apply to judge last year? View your answers from last year.

1. Why do you want to be a judge in iGEM?

2. What professional experience do you have that's relevant to iGEM (e.g., synthetic biology, hardware, software, human practices)?

3. Have you judged student competitions other than iGEM before? If so, which ones? (e.g. FIRST, BIOMOD, Science Olympiad)

4. What features of an iGEM team and their project make them worthy of recognition?

(New judges may want to familiarize themselves with the 2015 Judging Handbook Part 1. The 2018 Judging Handbook will be available later this year.)

5.- Track Preferences

iGEM teams compete in several "tracks", based on the topics of their projects. Please see the Track page for more information on each track.

When we assign judges to teams, we will try to assign you your first preferences wherever possible. However, we can't anticipate how many teams will be in each track, so it may not always be possible to assign you your first choice. Therefore, you can indicate how you feel about each track. The more first choices you select, the more likely it is that you will be assigned teams in those tracks. If you are unable to evaluate teams in some track areas (software or measurement, for example), please put "Avoid" for those tracks.

Please indicate how highly you prefer each track. You may select multiple first, second, and third preferences.

Track First Second Third Neutral Avoid
Art and Design
Food and Nutrition
Foundational Advance
High School
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Thank you!

Thank you for filling out this form. We look forward to picking a strong judging team for 2018!


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