All of Us Project

All of Us Releases First 100,000 Genomes to Address a Lack of Medical Diversity

With the release of its first 100,000 genomes, all from volunteers, the All of Us project is on its way to solving one of the most pernicious problems in modern medicine: a startling lack of diversity. The National Institutes of Health project, which launched in 2018, will eventually gather genetic information and other medical data … Read more “All of Us Releases First 100,000 Genomes to Address a Lack of Medical Diversity”

Categories: Citizen Science Month, Health

A screenshot from the Stall Catchers citizen science game.

Stall Catchers Was Our Top Project This Year. Its Project Leader Shares His Secrets

SciStarter has hundreds of citizen science projects to choose from, and our more than 110,000 registered members participate in a diverse range of projects that match their individual interests and passions. But there are a few perennial favorites among our citizen science projects, and perhaps none more popular than the Alzheimer’s-fighting game Stall Catchers. Run … Read more “Stall Catchers Was Our Top Project This Year. Its Project Leader Shares His Secrets”

Categories: Alzheimers

A species of milkweed butterfly, Idea blanchardii

How Citizen Scientists Uncovered the Strange Behavior of ‘Vampire’ Butterflies

When a group of friends met up in the tropical forests of Indonesia, they were expecting to take in the verdant surroundings and hopefully nab a few photos of the colorful butterflies that congregate in the area. That’s what Yi-Kai Tea and his buddies found on the island of Sulawesi, nestled in the midst of … Read more “How Citizen Scientists Uncovered the Strange Behavior of ‘Vampire’ Butterflies”

Categories: Biology, Nature & Outdoors

These Fall Projects Let Anyone Protect and Study the Trees Around Us

The Girl Scout Tree Promise is an ambitious effort to plant, protect and honor 5 million trees across the country in five years. Anyone, anywhere can join this global movement to address climate change, one tree at a time!   Here’s how: (Optional) Plant a tree and record your good deed on the Girl Scout Tree … Read more “These Fall Projects Let Anyone Protect and Study the Trees Around Us”

Categories: Environment

Meet the Partners Hiking 17,000 Miles for Citizen Science and the Environment

On June 21, 2019, Sonya Richmond and Sean Morton took the first steps on an odyssey that would take them across the second-largest country on Earth. The duo is currently in the middle of a quest to walk the entirety of the Trans Canada Trail, a network of paths that stretches for thousands of miles … Read more “Meet the Partners Hiking 17,000 Miles for Citizen Science and the Environment”

Categories: Ecology & Environment, Nature & Outdoors

Celebrate Earth Day With Citizen Science

It’s April: Citizen Science Month! There are hundreds of online events and ways to engage, including many opportunities from libraries around the world. Looking to do some projects inside and around your home? Check out the projects below. Then, discover additional events and opportunities on CitizenScienceMonth.org. For more than 50 years, Earth Day has been … Read more “Celebrate Earth Day With Citizen Science”

Categories: Citizen Science Month

How Thousands of Volunteers Are Hunting a Treatment for Alzheimer’s

  An Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis can be a frightening, tragic event for patients and families. The disease usually strikes people over 60 and gradually steals memories and mental faculties. Despite decades of research, there’s still no cure. Yet scientists are steadily moving closer to understanding what’s going on in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. That … Read more “How Thousands of Volunteers Are Hunting a Treatment for Alzheimer’s”

Categories: Health

Five Kitchen Sink Science Experiments To Try At Home

It’s April: Citizen Science Month! There are hundreds of online events and ways to engage, including many opportunities from libraries around the world. Looking to do some projects inside and around your home? Check out the projects, below. Then, discover additional events and opportunities on CitizenScienceMonth.org. Citizen science is when people like you make hypotheses, … Read more “Five Kitchen Sink Science Experiments To Try At Home”

Categories: Do-It-Yourself

These Women Were First to Map the Cosmos. Volunteers are Bringing Their Work to Light

More than 100 years ago, Harvard astronomer Edward Charles Pickering decided he was going to take a picture of the entire night sky. Or, rather, many thousands of pictures, each capturing a tiny rectangle of the universe as seen through a telescope. Today, these photos survive on hundreds of thousands of glass plates at the … Read more “These Women Were First to Map the Cosmos. Volunteers are Bringing Their Work to Light”

Categories: Astronomy & Space