The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition is a yearly competition in synthetic biology geared towards students (mostly but not exclusively undergraduates) working in this area. I have been one of the main faculty advisors (together with Trevor Charles and Brian Ingalls). Together we help the teams navigate through the difficulties of research and design as well as team building and team work. As faculty advisors we have created a condusive environment for the growth of synthetic biology on campus. Our efforts, which have included the creation of an undergraduate course, Biol 349, have resulted in increased recognition at the annual Jamboree (as seen in our successes below).