At NC State, undergraduate students are taking scientific research into their own hands! A group of students with a passion for public science, science communication, and diversity within science recently formed Citizen Science Club at NC State, the first student organization of its kind.
With the motto “Science is for Everyone” this student organization focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of scientific research. Members are not only citizen scientists but advocates for diversity in STEM and community engagement in science. The Citizen Science Club at NC State works with students, faculty, and community members on exciting projects, fostering a range of partnerships with other student organizations, NCSU Libraries, and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. This student organization is always looking for those willing to share their experiences with citizen science, so meetings are open to everyone!
Citizen Science Club at NC State aims to support all its members by sharing projects, research, and resources so that everyone has an opportunity to become involved in citizen science. Some meetings are discussion based, where faculty and community members are invited to discuss their research as well as hot topics in science. Many of the topics discussed range from science education to environmental justice. Since Citizen Science Club at NC State is interdisciplinary by nature, members make an active effort to meet one another’s needs and interests.
Citizen Science is fun, and this student organization proves it! Members have opportunities outside of meetings to spend time with one another while contributing to actual research. In the past, the Citizen Science Club at NC State participated in the 2018 City Nature Challenge, helping the Triangle Area reach thirteenth place in the world leaderboard! Currently, members are working together to plan some pretty amazing trips for the upcoming semester.
Citizen Science Club at NC State is excited to serve as citizen science liaisons to the NC State community. Be sure to check us out at our next meeting, October 2, 2018 at 6pm in Fox 306! Meetings are held biweekly on Tuesdays this semester.