The DUML Community Science Initiative was designed to increase community engagement through scientific research. Founded in 2017, the goal of the initiative is to increase meaningful opportunities for local schools, the general public and DUML to engage through public participation in research. The Community Science Initiative connects K-12 students and educators to research going on at Duke through programs and outreach events conducted by researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and volunteers.
Students are able to visit the Duke Marine Lab and through programs developed by staff and students, gain STEM skills and knowledge on topics such as the effects of plastic pollution on marine organisms.
During 2017 and 2018 we collaborated with researchers, educators and community members to launch two Community Research Projects, one on Marine Debris and the other on Water Quality. Since launching our first programs we have expanded to include environmental education research, teacher trainings, EE evaluation research, pipeline programs, and more. Check out our programs page to see the most recent listing of programs.