Requirements/Team Roles


Team members have different roles and responsibilities on a team.

Student role and requirements

Student team members brainstorm project ideas, choose a project idea, and build and test their chosen biological system. Students are also responsible for documenting their work (please see Deliverables).

  • Every student team member must do the following by the Roster Deadline:
    • have an iGEM user account
    • enter their age information
    • join the online team roster
  • Undergraduate and overgraduate teams have age restrictions for the student team members. ?


Primary and secondary principal investigator (PI) role and requirements

NEW! Need help adding a secondary PI? See the Registration Handbook for detailed instructions.

Principal investigators (PIs) are individuals in a position of authority (ex: in a university setting, he/she is authorized to have lab space, grants, and hiring privileges) who are responsible for the team. This includes the official team registration (see Registration section), the team roster, certifying the safety form, payment of the team’s fees, and any other official aspect of the team. Team PIs provide guidance and support throughout the season, including assistance with fundraising, lab support, and help with school bureaucracy and regulations. PIs should plan on accompanying the team to the Giant Jamboree in October. The team PIs serve as the official points of contact for iGEM Headquarters; both PIs must be able to receive emails / phone calls from iGEM HQ, and respond promptly. Each team must have at least two PIs (primary and secondary). ?

  • Both the primary and secondary PIs must:
    • have an iGEM user account
    • join an online team roster by the Roster Deadline
  • At least one team PI must be a professor. For High School teams, one of the team PIs must be either a principal or teacher. For Community Lab teams, one of the team PIs must be the director of the community lab. High School teams and Community Lab teams are not required to have a professor as one of their team PIs, but can if they want to.



Instructor role and requirements

Team instructors provide day-to-day support for the team, and are aware of team activities and experimental plans.

  • Instructors must:
    • have an iGEM user account
    • join the online team roster by the Roster Deadline


Advisor role and requirements

Team advisors include graduate students, post-graduate students, post-docs, and/or technicians who support the team.

  • Advisors must:
    • have an iGEM user account
    • Join the online team roster by the Roster Deadline


Student team leader role and requirements

This year, we are trying out a new role of "Student Team Leader". This person will serves as the team's point of contact between the team and iGEM Headquarters. You may nominate up to two student team leaders per team, but we do require at least one person to be listed.

  • Student team leaders must:
    • have an iGEM user account
    • Join the online team roster by the Roster Deadline

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