The Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE) and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) staff are interested in supporting a Citizen Science Research community for UC Merced students.
Many researchers have projects that benefit from large scale contributions by novice researchers. These projects range from biology field collections, astronomy sky studies, transcribing early astronomers notes, reviewing archival documents or transcribing interviews, to image analysis using AI.
With many of our campus in-person research opportunities limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic, working on a citizen science research project is a great way for new students to get exposed to a cool research problem or experienced students to try new areas of research from wherever you are located.
For the group, each student will select a project (links to potential projects are below) and then provide updates during meetings. The intention is for students to collaborate with others working on the same or similar projects, and DUE and UROC facilitators will bring in faculty and guest speakers to share more about research in the fields of your projects.
The group is an opportunity for students to get early research experience, add an item to their resume/CV, prepare for future research with UCM faculty, connect with UROC Staff, learn about cutting edge applications of their coursework, and expand their peer network.
*There is research available in a range of disciplines and is not meant just for STEM majors.
Sign-up for Future Meetings
Submit the interest form to be added to the contact list for updates.
Bi-weekly meetings (2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 6pm) will be scheduled for group check-ins and workshops from staff, grad students, or faculty.
The next meeting is Thursday, March 11, 6-7pm. This will be for general check-ins and discussion. The next meeting will have a few grad students to share their research.
Meeting ID: 852 9792 1013
At the previous meeting, the following UROC Scholars shared their research projects and discussed how they started with research.
- Cathryn Flores, English/Writing Minor
- Julianna Porraz, Environmental Engineering
- Kyle Rekedal, Biology (MCB)
- Bailey Weikel-Feekes, Psychology and Cognitive Science
- Ying Wei Anna Zhang, English
Websites to Search for Projects
What is Citizen Science/Community Participation Research?