New Community and Citizen Science Fellows Program

The U-M Library’s Shapiro Design Lab and the U-M Museum of Natural History are happy to announce a new Community and Citizen Science Project Incubator program for University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students!

Community and citizen science projects can help scientists conduct extensive, quality research while engaging with members of their community. The program will explore questions about project design, ethics, learning goals, and data management. Participants will create project prototypes for their own research and community engagement, and develop the skills needed for successful projects. The program is led by Justin Schell, Director of the Shapiro Design Lab, past Managing Editor of Citizen Science Today, and Co-Chair of the Citizen Science Association’s Data + Metadata Working Group.  

The program is composed of 3 workshops, 1 public engagement event, and the completion of a project prototype:

Workshop 1: Introduction to the topic and principles of community and citizen science, what types of projects fellows can make, and community and citizen science user design/project management.

Workshop 2: Ethics and legality of community and citizen science projects, data management plans, and assessment methods.

Workshop 3: Present the first prototype of your project to the rest of the program cohort and provide feedback on their projects.

Public Engagement Event: Present your project prototype during a U-M Natural History Museum event.

After completing the program, participants will become University of Michigan Museum of Natural History Community and Citizen Science Fellows. Benefits include:

  • Certificate for reference in a C.V., commending commitment to community science and public engagement.
  • Consultation and assistance in writing broader impact plans to fulfill grant and other outreach requirements.
  • Assistance in the promotion of your project to library and museum audiences.
  • Opportunities to network with other scientists and researchers committed to public engagement as well as with education professionals.
  • Complimentary Museum membership.  As a Museum member, you’re entitled to:  Free admission to more than 300 museums and science centers around the world, free Planetarium passes, a 20% discount in the Museum Store, invitations to members-only events and exhibition openings, and more!

To Apply:

Fill out the application form, which will include submitting a copy of your CV and a description of your project idea/research topic, by September 26, 2018.

For questions, email Justin Schell at or Kira Berman at