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Community Science Fellows


Community Science Fellows

ASTC’s Community Science Initiative supports our members in leveraging community science approaches so that they can join their communities in responding to societal trends.

Dialogue & Deliberation Fellowship

Fellows worked collaboratively with community partners to implement a community discussion event to address a local issue at the intersection of science, technology, society, and policy.

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

This project brought together refugees in Concord, New Hampshire, to discuss access to traditional foods and nutritional knowledge after moving to America.  

Rochester Museum and Science Center

Eron is a Rochester, New York, native and a passionate student of the history, ethnology, and ecology of the region.

Great Lakes Science Center

This project brought together community members to discuss nutritional literacy and food access in Cleveland, Ohio.  

International Museum of Art & Science

This project convened the fishing community around South San Padre Island, Texas, to discuss sustainable practices for the protection of sea turtles. 


This project engaged youth and families to address flooding mitigation efforts in the greater Ithaca, New York region.  

Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

This project featured a series of community conversations on technology access and learning in Tampa, Florida.  

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

This project brought together residents of park-poor and underserved communities in Los Angeles to identify priorities for promoting equitable access to green space. 

Denver Museum of Nature & Science

This project addressed misinformation and identified opportunities to build trust in local media across Colorado. 

Science Museum of Minnesota

Community members deliberated on potential uses for a county-owned plot of land that was previously used as a juvenile detention center in St. Paul, Minnesota.  

California Academy of Sciences

This ongoing effort is holding listening sessions with local tribal organizations to prepare for future collaboration on climate change and biodiversity issues in San Francisco, California.

Thriving Earth Exchange Fellowship

Fellows tackled local challenges related to natural hazards, natural resources, and climate change in collaboration with communities and volunteer earth and atmospheric scientists with the American Geophysical Union.

Museum of Life and Science

This project used a steering committee and community listening to guide a collaboration on community-driven creek monitoring and advocacy around flooding issues in Durham, North Carolina. 

Science Museum of Virginia

This project engaged youth from Richmond, Virginia in collecting air quality measurements to increase their community’s climate resilience.  

Fleet Science Center

This project activated neighborhood community leaders to increase community participation in composting efforts through a culturally relevant lens. 

Explora Science Center and Children’s Museum

This project collected and analyzed new data on flooding in the greater Louisville, Kentucky region to inform an updated regional Hazard Mitigation Plan. 

EcoExploratorio: Museo de Ciencias de Puerto Rico

This project focused on removing invasive vines to promote long-term forest canopy health in Berwyn Heights, Maryland.  

Public Interest Technology Community Innovation Fellowship

Fellows collaborated with local civic, government, and university partners to engage the public on public interest technology issues that matter to their local communities.

University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

The “Environmental Justice Community Forum” identified opportunities for cultural institutions to support environmental justice work and data sharing in Ann Arbor, Michigan. 

Mayborn Museum Complex, Baylor University

“Just Waco Waters” was a forum on future water challenges and climate resilience in Waco, Texas. 


“Cool it, Worcester!” was a forum on potential solutions to urban heat islands in Worcester, Massachusetts.  

The Tech Interactive

“BIO+FOOD+TECH” was a forum addressing the design of youth engagement programs on biotech and food systems in San Jose, California.