ECOSCOPE Undergraduate Research Awards (EURAs) are competitive opportunities available to highly qualified undergraduates enrolled at UBC wishing to participate in UBC’s International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team or UBC’s International Bio-Molecular Design Competition (BIOMOD) team. ECOSCOPE  provides programmatic support for UBC teams, assist in fund-raising and logistics, and encourages ECOSCOPE trainees to participate in the competitions either directly as team members or mentors.

International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition

The iGEM Foundation is dedicated to education and competition, advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of open community and collaboration. The main program at the iGEM Foundation is the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition. The iGEM Competition is the premiere student competition in Synthetic Biology. Since 2004, participants of the competition have experienced education, teamwork, sharing, and more in a unique competition setting.The UBC iGEM team has been participating in iGEM competitions with varying degrees of success since 2009. The team promotes multidisciplinary learning and introduces students of various backgrounds to the exciting new research field of synthetic biology.

Find out more about the: 2015 iGEM team
2016 iGEM team

International Bio-Molecular Design (BIOMOD) Competition

BIOMOD is a biomolecular design competition held annually by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering of Harvard University. Each year over twenty undergraduate teams, aided by faculty advisors and numerous grad advisors, enter into the competition. Previous winners have used DNA, RNA, and proteins as building blocks to create autonomous robots, molecular computers, and prototypes for nanoscale therapeutics. Students lead projects each summer and then travel to Harvard in early November to present their work and win awards. This year, UBC is participating in this competition for the first time.

Find out more about the: 2015 BIOMOD team
2016 BIOMOD team

Photo by iGEM Foundation and Justin Knight
Visit the overview page to learn more about the program