29 May '12, 1pm

Young Scientists Embrace Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding , or appealing to the online community for funds for personal projects, seems to be thriving . One of the best-known platforms is Kickstarter , which generally features projects that are creative in nature – musicians seeking to record an album, for example, or inventors pursuing an idea. #SciFund Challenge But young scientists struggling unsuccessfully to obtain funds through traditional routes like foundation grants are also experimenting with crowdfunding these days. Among them is Mary Rogalski , a doctoral candidate in forestry and environmental studies at Yale who hopes to crowdfund some of her research for her thesis on lake pollution. She turned to #SciFund Challenge , a fund-raising campaign tailored for scientists. “I didn’t really know what I was getting into, so I didn’t have high expectations,” said Ms. Rogalski, one of 75 scientists hoping to meet...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/29/young-scientist...

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