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Osher Lifelong Learning Program

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is a member-driven learning community for people over the age of 50. In 2009, OLLI partnered with the IGB and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology to create the Citizen Scientists Program, which matches interested OLLI members with with researchers from a variety of disciplines. With their unique knowledge and skills, OLLI Citizen Scientists contribute to cutting-edge research at the University of Illinois.

Citizen Scientists typically volunteer for several hours each week, oftentimes being delegated their own task to manage for the lab. No experience is required; past participants have included teachers, bankers, scientists, and businesspeople.

To learn more about becoming an OLLI Citizen Scientist, contact Daniel Urban via outreach@igb.illinois.edu.