Research at Home: Citizen Science
Citizen science projects can be a great way to take a dive into research anytime, anywhere.
You can participate in a citizen science project, analyze data from these projects for your own research, get ideas for your own spin-off research, or create your own citizen science project.
Contribute to a Citizen Science Project
SciStarter is a globally acclaimed, online citizen science hub where more than 3,000 projects, events, and tools, searchable by location, topic, age level, etc, have been registered by individual project leaders or imported through partnerships with federal governments, NGOs, and universities.
With over 100 projects to choose from and no experience necessary, you can start classifying galaxies, finding kelp forests, or locating homes in rural Africa in minutes!
Did you know snapping mountain-top photos of smog and listening for frog calls can help scientists? Get engaged in these projects recommended by National Geographic!
Contribute to the Encyclopedia of Life, transcribe field notes of notable scientists, or contribute to climate research by analyzing ginkgo trees in these Smithsonian-sponsored projects!
Check out these citizen science projects led by our friends at Inventing Tomorrow: Water Insights, Curio, ISeeChange
Foldit is a crowdsourcing computer game enabling you to help fight disease by contributing to protein folding research.
ISEF Abstracts on Citizen Science
Check out these ISEF projects in Earth and Environmental Sciences and Animal Sciences, two of the twenty-one Regeneron ISEF categories. See more ISEF abstracts by visiting the ISEF Project database.
Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Studying Avian Biodiversity Changes after Wetland Restoration: A Novel Approach via Remote Sensing and Citizen Science
- Quakify: A Low-Cost, Crowdsourced, Real-Time Solution to Earthquake Early Warning
- An Innovative Crowdsourcing Approach to Monitoring Freshwater Bodies
- Coral Grief: Machine Learning on Crowd-sourced Data to Highlight an Ecological Crisis
Society Blog Posts about Citizen Science
Start Your Own Citizen Science Project
Citizen Science Projects that Share Their Data
Articles about Citizen Science
Science News and Science News for Students are our award-winning publications that cover current advances across all STEM disciplines. We have gathered a collection of articles specifically on Citizen Science to further shed light on this topic and provide inspiration for student research projects.
Kids make great citizen scientists
Researchers are making important discoveries, thanks to help from people of all ages
These women endured a winter in the high Arctic for citizen science
The two are spending nine months on Svalbard to collect data for climate scientists
Getting on the citizen science train
If you have curiosity and a computer, you can participate in scientific projects
An astrophysicist honors citizen scientists in the age of big data
The Crowd and the Cosmos examines the role of amateurs in science
Citizen scientists spy on camel crickets
Hiding in dark basements and garages, these insects live across the United States
Photographing wildflowers and other ways you can help fight climate change
Even nonscientists can take part in climate and conservation research
Scooping poop for science
Finnish study enlists members of 4H for a study on cowpats
Scientists seek bat detectives
You could help in an online research study by picking out bat calls