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Third annual Citizen Science Day celebrates discovery, innovation, and better understanding of our world through public participation in science.

By November 14th, 2017 at 6:49 pm | Comment

SciStarter, the Citizen Science Association, and the Citizen Science Day Working Group are excited to present Citizen Science Day on Saturday April 14th, 2018! The third annual Citizen Science Day celebrates the work of citizen scientists and the diversity of citizen science projects across the world, encourages the public to get involved, and connects people to the power of citizen science.

Many may not realize the powerful contributions that citizen science makes to scientific discovery, monitoring, and innovation – and many may not know that they can be a part of those efforts. Citizen Science Day is a chance see how we can all make a difference by sharing what we see and what we know – whether that is mapping for disaster relief, helping find cures for diseases, or ensuring our streams are clean,” says Jennifer Shirk Director of the Citizen Science Association.

Organizations from museums, aquariums, nature centers, government agencies, universities, parks departments, and more have participated in the 2016 and 2017 Citizen Science Day. See the 2017 and 2016 events archived online.

Your organization can celebrate citizen science in many ways:

  1. Host a program on or around April 14th to increase awareness of citizen science and/or to let people participate in citizen science. Past examples include transcription challenges, citizen science hikes, BioBlitzes, hack-a-thons, festivals, science marches, and more.
  2. Outreach for your citizen science projects and recruit volunteers with an open house or training events.
  3. Highlight your standout citizen scientists from the year by recognizing their contributions.
  4. Promote citizen science through your social media platforms to help bring awareness about the breadth and depth of projects and the many ways to become a citizen scientist
  5. Launch that citizen science project you’ve been waiting to get started.
  6. Convene a regional meeting of citizen science practitioners, scientists, land managers, and local government to exchange ideas and create broader impacts for citizen science in your area.
  7. Or come up with your own way to celebrate the day!

Also be sure to check in with the Citizen Science Day webpage on the Citizen Science Association site for more ideas, resources, and other helpful tips for celebrating and promoting citizen science on April 14!

Once you plan your event, add it to the SciStarter Citizen Science Day Calendar so people can find it! SciStarter will share events through  syndicated partners including Discover Magazine, Astronomy Magazine, PBS, PLoS, National Science Teacher’s Association,, Girl Scouts, and more!

“Adding a Citizen Science Day event or project to SciStarter benefits three audiences,” said Darlene Cavalier, Founder of SciStarter. “Event organizers can easily promote events and recruit participants; the public can find and join events and projects; and researchers can analyze data about the projects and events and study the movement and outcomes of people engaged these events.”

We are excited to celebrate citizen science with you on April 14!

For more information about Citizen Science Day, contact the task force:

Lila Higgins (

Catherine Hoffman (

Alison Young (

Interested in supporting Citizen Science Day? We’re actively looking for funders and sponsors. Contact us for more information.

(What’s your citizen science profile? Create yours today! )

Join SciStarter at AAAS Family Science Days in Boston!

By February 9th, 2017 at 11:18 am | Comment

Join the SciStarter, Science Cheerleader and our partners from Discover Magazine and Astronomy Magazine at the free Family Science Days in Boston on February 18th-19th as part of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting.

This free event features tons of interactive science exhibits. Come talk with scientists, learn about their jobs, and explore science! SciStarter will help you DO science with citizen science including counting birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. recording your flu symptoms for Flu Near You, observing clouds to ground-truth NASA satellites with the GLOBE Cloud Observer app, hunting for Backyard Bark Beetles and more! We can’t wait for you to become a citizen scientist with us!

We’ll also be joined by our partners from Science Cheerleader. Watch physics in action when the MIT cheerleaders show off their stunts and bring to life the free ebook, The Science of Cheerleading! Be sure to catch the Science Cheerleader stage show on February 19th at 11:30am, sharp!

Meet Science Cheerleader Hilary and a special guest from the hometown heroes, the New England Patriots Cheerleaders! Learn more about these women below.

Theresa: Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
I graduated from Yale University with a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. I am currently working at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a research associate in the laboratory of Feng Zhang. I am helping to develop a genome-editing platform by harnessing the crazy genome rearrangement pathway found in ciliated protozoa. Genome editing, or the ability to change the DNA code of human cells, allows us to further understand complicated genetic diseases such as cancer and someday could be used in therapeutics. I am currently applying to PhD programs in Biochemistry and Biophysics and I hope to continue contributing to scientific discovery throughout my career. My interest in science developed as a kid through science fair projects such as designing a seashell filter to remove lead contamination from water or harnessing wind energy with a kite power system. As a New England Patriots Cheerleader, I enjoy being engaged in the community and connecting with many different people. It has also allowed me to share my passion for science with kids and to encourage them to follow their own dreams, whatever they may be!


Hilary: Medical Oncology
I graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry. From there, I went on to do my PhD at Brown University in Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology, which I defended in 2016. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School in William Kaelin’s lab. I am researching ways to selectively kill cancer cells based on the differences between cancer cells and normal cells. Currently, I am focusing on kidney cancer. I love my work, and I love getting people excited about it and about science in general (just like I loved getting the crowd excited as a cheerleader at Colgate!). I have been a regional coordinator with Science Cheerleader for almost five years, and one of my favorite things is watching young scientists get excited when they connect science to something they’re passionate about!

Kelly: Computational and Systems Biology

I graduated from Harvard with a degree in Engineering Sciences and I am now working on my PhD in Computational and Systems Biology at MIT.  Being a scientist, and being able to discover things that nobody else in the world knew until me, makes me incredibly happy.  I also like the fact that my research tries to answer “big questions” like understanding how our cells are capable of handling stress like starvation or temperature fluctuations.  Understanding protein folding and interactions in this context is like a big puzzle, and I am so lucky that I get to help fit a tiny piece of the puzzle into the whole. In both cheerleading and science, having passion for what you’re doing and having the self-confidence to do it are hugely important!  When you’re competing, there’s this saying to “leave it all on the mat” – do your best, don’t be afraid, believe that your stunts will hit, and give the performance of your life.  In science, loving what you do and not being afraid to do it are what will allow you to come up with completely new ideas that can reshape what we know about our world.

See you the AAAS Family Science Days in Boston!