Meet Our Partners

The Leadership in Public Science Cluster

Part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program, the Leadership in Public Science Cluster focuses on citizen science and science communication. We conduct research that directly engages the public, particularly those in underserved communities, in citizen science research. We also study the impact of public participation in science, particularly in informal educational settings. Our interdisciplinary research will develop best practices and theoretical frameworks for improving the way researchers communicate their science and engage stakeholders. Building on these foundations, our cluster will grow and integrate science communication and public engagement programs that train NC State scientists to more effectively communicate across diverse publics. We will partner with faculty leading complementary programs and lead campus-wide efforts that promote public engagement in science.




SciStarter is an online community dedicated to improving the citizen science experience for project managers and participants.  Over 3,000 projects and events are searchable by location, scientific topic, and age level, and by joining SciStarter, members can track their contributions and provide valuable feedback.  SciStarter also supports researchers in managing projects, including best practices for engaging participant partners.

SciStarter helps bring together the millions of citizen scientists in the world; the thousands of potential projects offered by researchers, organizations, and companies; and the resources, products, and services that enable citizens to pursue and enjoy these activities. We aim to:

  • Enable and encourage people to learn about, participate in, and contribute to science through both informal recreational activities and formal research efforts.
  • Inspire greater appreciation and promote a better understanding of science and technology among the general public.
  • Create a shared space where scientists can talk with citizens interested in working on or learning about their research projects.
  • Satisfy the popular urge to tinker, build, and explore by making it simple and fun for people—singles, parents, grandparents, kids—to jump in and get their hands dirty with science.