Special Projects in Synthetic Biology (SPSB) is a group founded by Professor Dueber in collaboration with UC Berkeley International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3) to help facilitate and develop high-level undergraduate research experiences in synthetic biology.

SPSB is a team-based research project allowing five undergraduates to develop an independent, intense, and graduate-level research project over the course of a summer.The program strives to provide a level of autonomy while still providing students with constructive mentorship.

The team will present their work in at least one campus-wide seminar series and ultimately aim for a publication. There are weekly meetings to discuss progress and the team members are expected to eventually gain similar independence to that of a graduate student.

SPSB is hosted during the summer and is open to all undergraduates from UC Berkeley, public/private universities, and community colleges.