Citizen Science Mentoring Program for Local High School Students


A unique summer opportunity is being offered to local high school students in Citizen Science Community Resources (CSCR) 2017 "Students Become Citizen Scientists" program. 

Students will gain community service hours, firsthand experience collaborating with research scientists, and the opportunity to participate in data collection.

The program begins this week and runs until the end of August. It's not too late to apply! Participants must be at least 15 and not older than 18 years of age. 

Interested students are encouraged to sign up by calling CSCR office at 716-873-6191 or email at

This year's opportunity will focus on a Soil Study in neighborhoods potentially impacted by pollution coming from Tonawanda Coke Corp. located in Tonawanda, NY.   CSCR is collaborating with the University at Buffalo and SUNY Fredonia, on the project which was funded by the courts in the Tonawanda Coke Corp. v United States of America guilty verdict against the company. Students living in the Tonawanda's, Kenmore, Riverside, and Eastern Grand Island are especially encouraged to participate.

Director Jackie James Creedon explains, "This is a unique opportunity for high school students to learn about citizen science and community activism. We are introducing students to a real environmental issue in our community and engaging them in building solutions. We currently have five college students, three of them graduates from our first High School Citizen Science class (2013) to mentor the high school students." 

Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research to increase scientific knowledge.