What Do I Get?
If you back this non-profit campaign, you get the opportunity to be in on the science. One of the reasons crowdfunding for science hasn't caught on is the lack of rewards and project updates. We want to address this by providing video updates on the project's progress throughout the year, as well as more interactive rewards, including an opportunity to be a part of the experiment and an author on a scientific paper.
All backers will receive:
- Follow-up newsletter with project updates
- Bonus scientific video content explaining project methods, results
- Receipt of contribution for tax-deductible giving
Backers at the following donation levels can elect to receive the following rewards:
$2.5 x 101 = $25 - Bumper Sticker
Show your support for public funding of science research by putting this bumper sticker on your car, scooter, fridge, or bike helmet!
$5 x 102 = $500 - Algae Science Kit
Raise $500 and we'll send you an algae culturing kit and educational materials to your school. Your class will learn how to sample local communities for biologically useful algae. We'll send you a test kit, and easy-to-follow instructions to help us test different algal growth conditions in an at-home/at-school setting. Then return samples to our lab, where we'll do genetic testing and sequencing of potentially useful strains. We'll also take pictures of your samples using our high-resolution microscope!
$1 x 103 = $1,000 - Scientific Authorship / Scientist Chat
Become an author on a scientific paper! Help us run a nationwide bioprospecting experiment, and take advantage of a unique opportunity to connect with a real scientist. Get a virtual tour of our lab facilities, and video chat with the lead researcher on this project. Ask the questions you want answered, or have Dr. Bishé talk to your class about photosynthesis, algae, Mars, or whatever topics interest you!
$1 x 104 = $10,000 - Sponsor
Are you a wealthy philanthropist looking to throw some money towards science? Do you know a non-profit organization looking to fund a cool new idea? We'd love for you to sponsor our research! Sponsors will receive funding acknowledgment in published research papers, and we'll put you/your organization's name/logo in our presentations, posters, and slides!