Author: Michelle Mason, PhD candidate studying active galactic nuclei
"Zooniverse is a fantastic one-stop-shop website to get involved in a citizen-based research project."
If you're interested in getting involved with a citizen science project but don't know where to begin, I can give you some tips. A quick Google search for "citizen science projects" brings up hundreds of results. It gets really overwhelming really quickly. You can narrow your search by what field or topic you're interested in, but you'll still have dozens to choose from. If you're just getting started, I would recommend checking out Zooniverse.
Zooniverse is a fantastic one-stop-shop website to get involved in a citizen-based research project. They have a huge range of fields that they actively conduct research in: Arts, Biology, Climate, History, Language, Literature, Medicine, Nature, Physics, and Social Sciences. As you can see, they go beyond just the sciences and into the humanities, so whatever your interest is they are bound to have something for you!
Public engagement is a huge component of how scientists communicating their research to the public, and I hope that by finding a citizen science project you will join the community and engage in scientific research.
As my favorite childhood character, Tigger, would say: TTFN!
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