Region Undergrad Overgrad
Asia 60 15
Europe 26 37
Latin America 7 6
North America 51 22
Total 144 (64%) 80 (36%)

Over/Under section breakdown for iGEM 2014

Is iGEM an undergraduate competition?

We now realize that the term “undergraduate” is not a universal concept worldwide and has been difficult to define. In addition to the terminology issues between regions, we have been sensing a gap between the younger and older students that may lead to perceived unfairness. We want everyone to be able to participate in iGEM.

Undergraduate and Overgraduate Sections

To address these issues, we are continuing the Overgraduate section from 2013 and 2014, to allow these older students to compete. The Overgraduate section is an opportunity for anyone, regardless of age or title, to participate in iGEM.


  • If your team has students over the age of 23 on March 31, 2015, your team is in the Overgraduate section.
  • If your team is comprised of students 23 or younger, you are in the Undergraduate section.

All teams regardless of their section still get to participate at the 2015 Giant Jamboree -- it will be the same event for both sections.

Your team's section will be calculated automatically by the iGEM software based on ages on your team roster. Be sure to include ages for all student team members otherwise the system will default to placing your team in the overgraduate section.


If you have any questions, please contact hq (at) igem (dot) org