ABOUT THE CROWD-SOURCED BIORESEARCH WORKSHOP
What is Crowd-Sourced Research?
A new method of collecting data is growing in popularity in major industries and that is crowd-sourcing. Crowd-sourcing is the practice of engaging a large group of people in an activity, task, or project for the purpose of collecting new information or perspectives. Crowd-sourcing utilizes a large collection of participants from diverse backgrounds to provide their own insights and promotes collaboration among participants.
A major issue in the world of biology research is the time it takes to collect data in the lab and produce meaningful results towards a hypothesis. The benefit of using crowdsourcing for research is that useful data can be collected at a faster rate and multiple perspectives researching could lead to new innovative discoveries or followup questions for further research. Crowd-sourced research might prove to be revolutionary in obtaining critical data for research and could be further expanded to more intensive immunology research in the future.
The Crowd-Sourced Bioresearch Workshop Concept
A large untapped source for innovative ideas is high school students. The goal of the Crowd-Sourced Bioresearch Workshop is to create an environment that will engage high school students in research and learning about the organisms that are critical to advancing the world of biology research forward. The Crowd-Sourced Bioresearch Workshop will expose these high school students to the research process and encourage them to continue interacting with the research field in the future. This year we will focus on promoting Women in STEM to give female high school students research opportunities and reduce the gender gap in STEM.