Community and citizen science projects can help scientists conduct extensive, quality research while engaging with members of their community. The program will explore questions about project design, ethics, learning goals, and data management, and provide staff to support project creation. Participants will create project prototypes for their own research and community engagement, and develop the skills needed for successful projects. The program is led by Dr. Justin Schell, Director of the Shapiro Design Lab, past Managing Editor of Citizen Science Today, and Co-Chair of the Citizen Science Association’s Data + Metadata Working Group.
The program features three workshops, one public engagement event, and the completion of a project prototype:
Workshop 1: Introduction to the topic and principles of community and citizen science, what types of projects fellows can make, and community and citizen science user design/project management.
Workshop 2: Ethics and legality of community and citizen science projects, data management plans, and assessment methods.
Workshop 3: Present the first prototype of your project to the rest of the program cohort and provide feedback on their projects.
Public Engagement Event: Present your project prototype during a U-M Museum of Natural History event.
After completing the program, participants will become University of Michigan Museum of Natural History Community Science Fellows. Benefits include:
The Museum of Natural History is not currently accepting applications for the Citizen Science Fellows Program.
People working in this area can learn more about each other’s projects and foster collaborative project development. We have created an MCommunity group to facilitate conversation and announcements about both the Project Incubator program and the Meet-ups. The group includes faculty, staff, and students from multiple U-M campuses as well as community members. Please join the MCommunity group via the link above. If you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas for the group, please share them with the group or to Justin Schell at firstname.lastname@example.org.