Citizen Science Essay Contest – Deadline July 13 at 11:59pm CT!

Do you have a citizen science story? Tell us in this essay contest — your story could end up in Discover Magazine!

Science is all around us – and now anyone can be a scientist! Citizen scientists study everything from distant galaxies to firefly populations, helping researchers collect valuable data.

We want to hear about your experiences as a citizen scientist. Tell us, in 250 words or less, your story of participating in crowdsourced science – what you did, what you thought about it, or maybe a funny thing that happened on your way to the field.

We’ll choose our favorite essays to run in our October print issue, and five lucky winners will receive a free one-year subscription to Discover.

But hurry! The contest ends July 13 at 11:59pm CT.

SciStarter and Discover have partnered up to help you find out more about citizen science opportunities. Keep an eye out for the Citizen Science Alert in Discover’s print editions!

Image: USGS.gov

This post originally appeared on DiscoverMagazine.com’s Citizen Science Salon.

Categories: Citizen Science

About the Author

Lily Bui

Although she holds dual non-science bachelors’ degrees in International Studies and Spanish from the University of California Irvine, Lily has long harbored a proclivity for the sciences. A daughter of an engineer and an accountant who also happen to be a photographer and musician, respectively, Lily grew up on the nexus between science and art. Lily has worked on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.; served a year in AmeriCorps in Montgomery County, Maryland; worked for a New York Times bestselling ghostwriter in California; and performed across the U.S. as a touring musician. She currently works with WGBH-TV Boston and Public Radio Exchange (PRX) in Cambridge. In her spare time, she thinks of cheesy science puns (mostly to entertain herself). // Tweets @dangerbui