SciStarter will recruit participants for your citizen science project.

Recruit More Participants for Your Project

Did you know that in addition to the services we provide at no cost, SciStarter helps grantees and organizations reach new audiences and broaden the impact of research? Consider SciStarter as you develop your grant proposals!

We identify and recruit targeted participants for citizen science projects. Whether you are seeking a few dozen, highly targeted participants, or several thousand, we provide a menu of services to help you launch or manage a successful initiative and we will deliver an engaged community. Here are some premium services you can expect from SciStarter:

Participant recruitment and management
Marketing and promotions
Distribution of kits, sensors, project materials
Collection of samples, data, information
Ongoing communications with your community

The University of California, Davis, for example, recently contracted our services to recruit 2,000 participants to collect and submit 4,000 microbe samples for Project MERCCURI.

“Because of SciStarter, libraries are participating in the Mastodon Matrix Project in droves!”

Carlyn S. Buckler, Ph.D., Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth

To learn how we can help you, email

SciStarter’s mission is

1) to help lay people find interesting science-related activities to take part in, and

2) to help the coordinators of such projects promote them and find potential participants.

We perform this free “match-making” function by inviting organizers to submit descriptions of their projects to our Project Finder tool. We promote these projects on our site and through our partners including Discover Magazine and the National Science Teachers Association.

To give you a little background, SciStarter was started by Darlene Cavalier, who also founded Science Cheerleader, to help make it easier for people to learn about, and get involved in citizen science projects. SciStarter launched in late December 2011 and, thanks to the addition of a smart, creative team and an enthusiastic community of supporters, more than one million visitors have turned to SciStarter to find projects of interest to them! Sponsors and early participants include the National Science Foundation, Science House, Discover Magazine, the National Science Teachers Association, Instructables, NBC Learn, and dozens of universities, federal agencies and others. We are also an official partner of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, and will be hosting citizen science projects at their DC events and at several dozen additional events around the world this year.

If you have a project you’d like to add to SciStarter, go right ahead. It’s simple and free. Just click on “Add a Project” in the “For Scientists” section on the homepage.

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.