Badges

Following the 2016 BioTreks conference, judges awarded badges to content that demonstrated exceptional qualities in areas that are important for scientific writing and design. Since badges were granted based solely on the achievements of individual projects, it’s possible for more than one submission to receive the same badge.


biosafetyPapers: Safety and ethics should be the team’s number one priority when conceiving and designing synthetic biology experiments.  Students are encouraged to consider both the risks of performing the experiments in the laboratory and the potential impact any engineered organisms might have on the environment and society. This award recognizes teams for carefully considering each of these issues and documenting their decisions in their paper.


participationPapers: Providing and responding to constructive feedback via peer-to-peer exchanges is an important part of the scientific process. This award will recognize teams that actively participate in the conference by completing their personal profiles and engaging in constructive and meaningful discussions with other attendees.

Artwork: Providing and responding to constructive feedback via peer-to-peer exchanges is vital part of contemporary art and design practice. This award will recognize teams that actively participate in the conference by completing their personal profiles and engaging in constructive and meaningful discussions with other attendees.


problem_solvingPapers: Experiments often don’t work correctly the first or second time through. This award is given to teams that show a high degree of perseverance and ingenuity in identifying, diagnosing, and addressing problems that they encounter in their research.

Artwork: While many students might not associate problem solving with their own creation of visual art or visual design it can be very useful to think about problem solving in two essential areas: conceptualization and visual form creation. Thinking in terms of problem solving is particularly helpful when planning, collaborating, re-evaluating, discussing and critiquing visual art.


scientific_rigorPapers: In science it’s important to correctly interpret your results without reading too much into them or forcing them to fit your original hypothesis. This award recognizes teams for providing concise and well reasoned interpretations of their experimental outcomes, regardless of whether the experiments produced the expected results.


innovationPapers: This award is given to teams that envision new and creative applications of synthetic biology or experimental methods to solve an important scientific, environmental, or social issue.

Artwork: Some level of novelty is useful in getting the attention of a particular audience. A successful artist must go beyond simply copying or imitating what that audience has seen before.


educationPapers: A major objective for the BioTreks conference and journal is to help others understand and apply synthetic biology research in their own schools. This award acknowledges the teams that do an outstanding job in communicating their knowledge and techniques to their peers.


collaborationPapers: Researchers succeed when they work together. This award is given to teams which effectively work with others in the scientific community to facilitate their research.

Artwork: Today dealing with new and complex scientific subject matter and employing complex imaging technologies, artists increasingly find the need to collaborate with scientists, technicians and other artists.


visual_communicationsPapers: Tables, graphs, and diagrams are often the most effective vehicle for communicating scientific data and concepts. This award will be given to a team that excels at using tables and figures to augment its presentation.

Artwork: This includes addressing the visual communication problem with appropriate and effective visualizations of the concepts by means of appropriate selections of visual elements skillfully arranged within an attractive and satisfying composition. This is best accomplished by individuals experienced with their chosen visual medium.