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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.

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 their fund-raising goals in the current round of the #SciFund Challenge, which ends on Thursday.

[via The New York Times Green Blog]

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