The iGEM program gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology to tackle everyday issues facing the world. Students participating in The Citizen Science Lab’s multidisciplinary team works with CSL staff mentors to train and fine-tune their essential lab skills while completing a unique research project. iGEM participants are required to conduct independent laboratory research several times per week throughout the spring, summer and fall to build genetically engineered systems for the annual iGEM competition: the iGEM World Championship Jamboree, held annually in Boston, Massachusetts. The Jamboree includes teams representing the United States, Chile, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Egypt, South Africa, Mexico, Germany, and Australia—among others. Participating in the Jaboree is an integral part of the experience that The Citizen Science Lab offers to iGEM students: the experience of an academic research symposium and global networking opportunity.