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Uncommon Fund Presentation

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Presentation for Uncommon Fund, Feb 29

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Uncommon Fund Presentation

  1. 1. International Genetically Engineered Machines Competition Proposal for a University of Chicago team
  2. 2. What is iGEM? <ul><li>Research competition </li></ul><ul><li>International </li></ul><ul><li>Undergraduate-focused </li></ul>
  3. 3. Not just a science fair <ul><li>Synthetic biology </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cutting-edge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A step beyond genetic engineering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can we engineer biology in the same way we program a computer? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Should we? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interaction with world class faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Projects that make a difference </li></ul>
  4. 10. Who? <ul><li>Undergraduates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5-12 per team </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overseen by faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate-student advisors </li></ul><ul><li>Ten weeks of summer research </li></ul>
  5. 11. What we want to do <ul><li>Develop a UChicago team for iGEM 2009 </li></ul>
  6. 12. Interdisciplinary opportunity <ul><li>Lab run by students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>… not professors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Full project management </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for multiple fields </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition on an international scale </li></ul>OpenWetWare survey
  7. 13. Engineering initiative <ul><li>Introduce UChicago to engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Set an example </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We can do it too </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bioengineering department? </li></ul>
  8. 14. Human practices <ul><li>Science and community can mix </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing innovative science to the real world </li></ul><ul><li>What do people think about bioengineering? </li></ul><ul><li>How can bioengineering help you? </li></ul><ul><li>Fundamental part of igEM </li></ul>
  9. 15. Community involvement <ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Layman’s summary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bioethics articles </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Heidelberg model </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Transparent research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Survey student-body </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student-led seminars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speakers </li></ul></ul>
  10. 16. How do they do it? <ul><li>Sponsorship </li></ul><ul><li>University involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-institutional collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Open-source technology </li></ul><ul><li>Enthusiasm! </li></ul>
  11. 17. Support <ul><li>Funding for summer stipends </li></ul><ul><li>Supplies </li></ul><ul><li>Travel </li></ul><ul><li>University Recognition </li></ul>

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