Amateur "Citizen Scientists" get grants for science data projects!
is a term describing projects or ongoing programs of scientific research by citizen volunteers or networks of volunteers, who may have no specific scientific training, performing or managing research-related tasks such as measurement, computation or observation.
Scientists can accomplish research objectives more feasibly than might otherwise be possible through the use of citizen-science networks while these projects promote public involvement with research and science in general.
New grant money is awarded to educational and non-profit institutions across the United States to support programs that connect the public to science appreciation and interactivity. Some even offer grants to people, without experience or scientific qualifications who can propose their own coherent and well planned research project.
A late addition to this hub: I wish to thank Darlene for her comment in the comment section which says, "The largest network of citizen science projects and volunteers can be found at http://www.scienceforcitizens.net"
Want to be a Citizen Scientist ?
You can also help with the Piedmont Wildlife Center Box Turtle Connection study!
If you find a LIVE or DEAD Box Turtle in your backyard or anywhere else you can help!
All you have to do is:
Firefly Watch Video explains what the Museum of Science is doing with citizen scientists and fireflies.
Marin scientist seeks help to save nation's beesGretchen LeBuhn wants to save the nation's bees -- one sunflower at a time. And she's hoping you'll help.
Project Budburst: get a first-hand look at climate change, great information on botany with wonderful pictures and places to report data.
Nature Mapping: Nature mappers are like the e-birders, recording what they see and where they see it.
Nature mapping students identify and count species in diverse places. Students do all kinds of things in this program. In project CAT, for example, K-12 students are part of an 8 year study learning about cougars residing in the region and their prey.
WSU beach walkers
Washington State University is a long way from the beach, but they're a very active citizen science group. They gather data on algae blooms, dead sea birds, intertidal stuff, plastics, invasive stuff, and all sorts of things, and data is entered in on-line databases.
An example of a project for which this citizen scientist received a grant.
Helpful links for those who wish to be Citizen Scientists
- Citizen scientists discover a piece of paradise | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com
WHETHER BIRDS, insects, fish, plant, plankton or people, Paradise Creek Nature Park was teeming with life last weekend as humans and nature converged in BioBlitz 2014. Scientists and citizen scientist volunteers participated in the morning-long event
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park - Citizen Science (U.S. National Park Service)
Last year public volunteer citizen scientists helped replant poached ginseng, find exotic earthworms, and catch bumblebees, among other projects.
- Environmental Education in Kentucky - Fund for Wild Nature Small Grants
The Fund for Wild Nature provides "small grants to small groups who get things done." The fund provides money for campaigns (including development of citizen science endeavors) to save and restore native species, biological diversity and wild ecosyst
- CitSci.org - Home
CitSci.org is website in support of citizen science. It allows citizens, school groups, and professionals to enter species observations into a global database.
- IBM - Creek Watch iPhone app - United States
Creek Watch, an iPhone app from IBM Research, brings the power of crowdsourcing to local waterways
From the ice on our rivers to the birds at our feeders, observing and reporting natural phenomena is what citizen science is all about. Learn more about the significanceand the growing needfor data collected by the peoplefor the planet.
- Citizen Science projects for Planetary Science: - The Planetary Society
Get Involved! Do Science!
- iBats Program
Volunteers around the world collect bat sounds and together we keep track of any changes in abundance or distribution of these amazing species.
- Citizen Science
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