Imagine yourself finding lions on the Serengeti, identifying antibiotics to treat tuberculosis and chasing meteors through space — all from the comfort of your own home. Welcome to the world of citizen science!

Sean Goral (left) develops apps for whale watchers to report their sightings to scientists.

Sean Goral (left) develops apps for whale watchers to report their sightings to scientists.

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What is Citizen Science?

Citizen science is when amateur volunteers participate in scientific projects by collecting or processing data in concert with professional scientists. Turns out that the scientific world can’t always do it alone — they need you to help make science happen.
“But I’m not a scientist,”