A Master Class in Citizen Science: How to Create a Citizen Science Project at Your Institution

Concurrent Session 10
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Brief Abstract

SciStarter.com is where citizen scientists find their next research project and where researchers and project owners recruit the best participants for their projects. For would-be project owners, however, finding a road-map to move a project from ideation to development often proves challenging. In this Master Class, Cavalier will provide a step-by-step guide to getting started. This interactive class will address key considerations, including: articulating a research question; avoiding duplication; understanding the pros/cons of available tools and platforms; marketing/promotion resources; data use/reuse/analyzation and sharing; and end-to-end community engagement. Cavalier will also touch on exciting emerging topics including accreditation. How might we development assessments in a field as diverse as citizen science? Can we help people express competencies and can/should we assign values for their citizen science experiences? How can we map citizen science experiences to formal and informal education credits and provide advances in the workforce?


Darlene Cavalier is a Professor of Practice 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, where more than 50,000 people engage in crowdsourcing scientific research. She is the founder of Science Cheerleader, an organization of more than 300 current and former professional cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers, and she is 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, and a member of the EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. 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. She graduated from Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and four children.