1.2 Citizen Scientists: Who are they? What do they do?

This lesson contains an overview of Citizen Scientist programs including what team members may be asked to do and the evolution of citizen science. Some questions to consider while completing this lesson include:

  • What is the role of a Citizen Scientist in society?
  • Who can be a Citizen Scientist?
  • What are common activities in which a Citizen Scientists can engage?

Learning Objectives

  • List some of the activities in which Citizen Scientists may engage
  • Describe the role Citizen Scientists may play in influencing research priorities and development
  • Discuss an example of how Citizen Science has furthered the research of a rare disease

Video Tutorial

Presented By: Janet Brishke

Practice Activity

Instructions: After watching the video tutorial, complete the following practice assessment. Choose the best answer for each question, and check your response for immediate feedback.



What advice would you give to new Citizen Scientists?


Additional Resources

  • Tips for New Citizen Scientists
    While some of the advice given is specific to the University of Florida program, the advice from current Citizen Scientists may help new members feel at ease and give input more freely in group settings.