I spent a year in July 2015-16 helping eXtension determine the potential for, and current state of, citizen science in Cooperative Extension programs. In short, there are a lot of people participating in almost every way possible – from sharing programs with their stakeholders and getting them involved in existing projects to creating their own projects.
I wrote an article outlining the tools that Extension professionals can use to incorporate citizen science (aka public participation in scientific research) for Journal of Extension. It appears in the April, 2017 issue: JOE ID 16141TOT.
Two of our Santa Fe College undergraduates from the 2016 Geoscience Engagement and Outreach program (joint SF/UF/Orlando Science Center, NSF awards 1540724 and 1540729) just presented their research at local conferences:
Diego Sanchez, my mentee, presented a poster at the Santa Fe Research in Undergraduate Education festival. He took second place.
Samantha Allen presented her work with mentor Cori Matyas in a poster at the Southern Regional Honors Council.
Samantha and Diego are finishing their studies at Santa Fe and transferring to four-year programs. They also continue to work with this year’s cohort of students. Great job!