The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition (iGEM) is the premiere undergraduate Synthetic Biology competition. The iGEM competition is for undergraduate students to design and build simple biological systems that may lead to important advances in medicine, energy, and the environment. In 2009, the Nevada iGEM team received a bronze medal for their project to create an environmentally friendly pesticide to target mosquitoes that spread malaria. In 2010, the team won a silver medal for creating a biosensor in plants that can let the farmer know when the crop plants are cold stressed. This year, our team is very excited to equal or surpass last year’s honor.
There has been an exponential increase of teams over the last few years of the competition resulting in a regional competition in October hosted by the Institute of Biological Engineering in Indianapolis, Indiana followed by the international competition in November hosted by MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The iGEM teams are student run with the help of professors to instruct the techniques needed to make research successful. Our team consists of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology undergraduate students from the University of Nevada, Reno. We also have several of our members using this experience for their senior thesis that is required for their major to be able to graduate.
If you would like to make a contribution, please make the check payable to “UNR Foundation” memo: “project #200118 – Elaine Bersaba” or “iGEM – Elaine Bersaba.” The tax ID number is 942781749. The check can be mailed to the UNR Foundation at University of Nevada, Reno Mail Stop 162 Reno, NV 89557-0162. Please notify our president, Elaine Bersaba by email: email@example.com of your donation so we can make sure the contribution goes to our team. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Elaine Bersaba at (775) 848-1212 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about iGEM 2011:
Please visit the iGEM 2011 website: http://2011.igem.org/Main_Page
or the iGEM Team Nevada 2011 wiki website: http://2011.igem.org/Team:Nevada.
or the iGEM Team Nevada 2010 wiki page: http://2010.igem.org/Team:Nevada.
Your generous contribution would help our team reach our goals of representing our school in the regional and international iGEM competitions. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.