What IS citizen science?

SciStarter contributors, Lily Bui, Caren Cooper, and Darlene Cavalier, developed this citizen science primer page on SciStarter. Please feel free to suggest additions and edits.
We hope this serves as a starting point for anyone thinking about dipping their toes into this exciting and emerging field!

The Citizen Science page on SciStarter addresses the following questions and provides links to related resources:

What is citizen science?

What is a citizen scientist?

How can I get involved in citizen science projects?

How will citizen science affect the future of scientific research?

How is the field of citizen science being formalized?

Links to professional associations, graduate courses, research papers, and additional resources about citizen science.

Formal, Recent Reports on Trends in Citizen Science

A Sampling of 2013 Citizen Science Research Papers

Thought Leaders and Other Resources

Platforms to Create Your Own Citizen Science Project

See Citizen Science on SciStarter for details.

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.