Genetics of Taste Lab Community Scientists

You don't need to be a scientist to be a part of exciting research at the Museum. Volunteers support the community-based Genetics of Taste Lab by collecting data from Museum guests during enrollments, processing and preparing DNA samples, sequencing DNA, entering data into our database, and supporting Biology Base Camp.

Required Skills
Cheerful disposition, comfortable assisting guests, solid oral communication skills, ability and desire to work with people of all ages, highly flexible and versatile when responding to the needs of the lab and guests, ability and desire to work both independently and as part of a team. Bilingual a plus.

Learning Opportunities and Professional Training

  • Research ethics for working with human subjects
  • Scientific data collection and preparation
  • Aseptic technique
  • Inclusivity & unbiasing
  • Genetics techniques


Scheduling Requirements
Applicants must be able to volunteer for a minimum of 20 shifts within one year. Shift times are 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m, Monday - Sunday. The scheduling of shift times will take place on a case-by-case basis pending acceptance into the Museum's volunteer program.  All citizen scientists are trained in the Genetics of Taste Lab and in key areas of the Expedition Health exhibit.

Minimum Age Requirement

Available to individual applicants 18 years of age or older. Volunteers must be 18 or older to enroll guests in the Genetics of Taste research study. 

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