SciStarter will recruit more participants for your citizen science project.

Recruit More Participants for Your Project

SciStarter is proud to be a leading and consistent source of information about citizen science projects, people, platforms, tools, and trends!  Did you know that in addition to the services we provide at no cost, SciStarter helps grantees and organizations reach new audiences and broaden the impact of research through customized, premium services?

Consider SciStarter as you develop your grant proposals! We identify and recruit targeted participants for citizen science projects. Whether you are seeking a few dozen, highly targeted participants, or several thousand, we provide a menu of services to help you launch or manage a successful initiative and we will deliver an engaged community.

Here are some premium services you can expect from SciStarter:

  • Participant recruitment and management
  • Marketing and promotions
  • Events
  • Distribution of kits, sensors, project materials
  • Collection of samples, data, information
  • Ongoing communications with your community

The University of California, Davis, for example, recently contracted our services to recruit 2,000 participants to collect and submit 4,000 microbe samples for Project MERCCURI.

We loved receiving this email from Dr. Carlyn S. Buckler at the Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth:

“Because of SciStarter, libraries are participating in the Mastodon Matrix Project in droves!”

To learn how we can help you, email .

SciStarter’s mission is 1) to help lay people find interesting science-related activities to take part in, and 2) to help the coordinators of such projects promote them and find potential participants. We perform this free “match-making” function by inviting organizers to submit descriptions of their projects to our Project Finder tool. We promote these projects on our site and through our partners including Discover Magazine and the National Science Teachers Association.

To give you a little background, SciStarter was started by Darlene Cavalier, who also founded Science Cheerleader, to help make it easier for people to learn about, and get involved in citizen science projects. SciStarter launched in late December 2011 and, thanks to the addition of a smart, creative team and an enthusiastic community of supporters, more than one million visitors have turned to SciStarter to find projects of interest to them! Sponsors and early participants include the National Science Foundation, Science House, Discover Magazine, the National Science Teachers Association, Instructables, NBC Learn, and dozens of universities, federal agencies and others.

We are also an official partner of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, and will be hosting citizen science projects at their DC events and at several dozen additional events around the world this year.

If you have a project you’d like to add to SciStarter, go right ahead. It’s simple and free. Just click on “Add a Project” in the “For Scientists” section on the homepage.

Cheers to citizen science!

The SciStarter Team

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2 Responses to SciStarter will recruit more participants for your citizen science project.

  1. We’re glad you asked! No, as stated here, SciStarter NEVER sells email addresses.
    We utilize the email addresses so *we* (SciStarter and SciStarter alone) can share new opportunities for people to get involved in projects we think they’d like. But we never sell the email addresses.

  2. Arfon Smith says:

    Does ‘Participant recruitment and management’ mean that you’re sourcing potential volunteers from the list of people registered to

    It concerns me immensely if this is the case.

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