Undergraduate Engaged Research Grants

Thinking outside of the (Nest)Box for Biological Research and Science Communication

More than 100,000 enthusiastic people interested in birds are actively engaged with Cornell scientists by gathering and reporting information about birds in their neighborhoods. This project allows students to learn how to tap into this group of citizen scientists to solicit research questions that the students investigate. The suggestions for research topics are developed by leaders of birding organizations in New York, California and Texas who seek requests from their membership. Students work with staff at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to set up research protocols by installing nest boxes that attract cavity-nesting songbirds. After monitoring local nests and distilling information from the scientific literature, students report their findings through digital media to the public and through peer-reviewed scientific journals.

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Undergraduate Engaged Research Grants

Expanding the number of students involved in established community-engaged research.

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