Citizen Scientist Cancer Research Curriculum

Citizen Scientist Program

Citizen scientists collaborate with researchers to ensure community perspectives are incorporated throughout the research continuum from topic identification to study design and dissemination of findings.

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There are 10 trained UF Health Cancer Center citizen scientists, four of whom are cancer survivors of diverse race, ethnicity and sexual orientation. Citizen scientists range in age from 17 to 19 years old and live in both rural and non-rural areas. They also include young adult cancer survivors.

UF Health Cancer Center citizen scientists are assigned to each program, attend meetings to encourage ongoing bidirectional communication and participate in the Office of Community Outreach and Engagement Advisory Council. They participate in 12T3 meetings, in which novel research concepts are discussed and considered for pilot funding. They also review clinical trial protocols and make recommendations about participant engagement, informed consent language and study procedures. Citizen scientists also review OneFlorida cancer studies.

Meet Our Citizen Scientists

  • Nadine Zemon
  • Shirley Bloodworth
  • Carlos Maeztu
  • Amanda Lawson-Ross
  • Christy Evans
  • Zach Jones
  • Angela Howard
  • Kristie Hill
  • Talethia Edwards
  • E. Stanley Richardson