Researchers: Share your citizen science success stories with SciStarter, PLOS, and Discover Magazine

SciStarter’s editors write and manage the SciStarter blog and the CitizenSci blog on the Public Library of Science website. They are planning a series of posts to review research outcomes and emergent technologies from a representative set of projects. If you’d like to share the research outcomes from your project and new, related emergent technologies, email .

We are also writing a series to explore how individuals and communities benefit from the citizen-science experience. If your project and/or participant(s) in your project have influenced policy, on-the-ground conservation, and/or community vitality, particularly in some unexpected way, please email .

We are currently writing a short essay for Discover Magazine on why citizen science matters. For those who may think it’s a fad or “just a hobby,” we’d like to describe how it has yielded substantive scientific information. How has your citizen science project advanced scientific research? Tell us by July 19 and we might include your story in our essay! Email .

Cheers to citizen science!
The SciStarter Team

Categories: Citizen Science

About the Author

Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier is a Professor at Arizona State University's Center for Engagement and Training, part of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter. She is also the founder of Science Cheerleader, an organization of more than 300 current and former professional cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers, and a cofounder of ECAST: Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology, a network of universities, science centers, and think tanks that produces public deliberations to enhance science policymaking. She is a founding board member of the Citizen Science Association, a senior advisor at Discover Magazine, a member of the EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology, and was appointed to the National Academy of Sciences "Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning" committee. She is the author of The Science of Cheerleading and co-editor of The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science, published by Arizona State University. Darlene holds degrees from Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania and was a high school, college and NBA cheerleader. Darlene lives in Philadelphia with her husband and four children.