SciStarter’s Top Projects of 2016: From Microbes to Meteors


Happy New Year!

Looking for opportunities to make the world a better place this year? Start with these popular projects, which had the most traffic on SciStarter in 2016.

Find more on SciStarter then simply bookmark your favorites to receive seasonal reminders!

The SciStarter Team

photomicrograph of gut bacteria

There are trillions of microbes living naturally on and in our bodies. If you’re in the US, you can help study the impact they have on our health by submitting a sample from your skin, mouth, or gut.

Get Started!

Mike Hankey

When you’re looking up at the night sky and see a meteor, report it to the American Meteor Society. Observations can be submitted with a smartphone app or from your computer.

Get Started!


If you have an autoimmune disease, you can track your condition with a mobile phone app. The information from all users will be combined to explore what treatments are most effective.

Get Started!

If you’re a cat owner, this is the project for you! Take a 25 minute survey on your cat’s behaviors to gain insight into its personality.

Get Started!

golden retriver
C-BARQ_ Pixabay

Do you own a dog or work with them? If so, you can use this project to analyze a dog’s behavior and personality.

Get Started!

Communities in the UK can get resources that empower them to monitor their air quality with this program. If you’re worried about the air that you’re breathing, check it out!

Get Started!

basket star seen from underwater rover

There’s much we still don’t know about ocean ecosystems. You can contribute to our knowledge base by identifying animals in short video clips online.

Get Started!

RNA translates DNA into genetic information. In this project, you play a game to design synthetic RNAs, which can have a tremendous impact on medical science.

Get Started!

ladybug beetle

Many native ladybug species in North America are in decline. Help study and protect these tiny critters by reporting any sightings, along with a photo, to this project.

Get Started!

space video game
Cancer Research UK

Cancer is often linked to genetics, and this project analyzed genetic data by asking volunteers to play a space flight game embedded with the data! It’s now closed, but the Genes in Space participants have made important contributions to medical science.

Get Started!

Discover more citizen science on the SciStarter calendar. Did you know your SciStarter dashboard helps you track your contributions to projects? Complete your profile to access free tools. Want even more citizen science? Check out SciStarter’s Project Finder! With 1100+ citizen science projects spanning every field of research, task and age group, there’s something for everyone!

Categories: Animals, Astronomy & Space, Ecology & Environment, Featured Projects, Health

Tags: , , , ,

About the Author

Sarah Newman

Sarah Newman

I stumbled into citizen science over a decade ago and have been immersed in it ever since. I'm currently a Research Associate at Colorado State University's Natural Resource Ecology Lab, working with the international citizen science platform I enjoy learning about new citizen science developments working with SciStarter. You can also find me musing about citizen science at