Wiki Scientist Course

Elevating the Visibility of Minorities and Women Physicists on Wikipedia

Be a leader in engaging the physics community.

With approximately 500 million views a month, Wikipedia is one of the most popular and best-known websites in the world. However, you may be surprised to learn that fewer than 18% of the biographies on the site are about women. APS encourages you to take an active role in raising that percentage. Give a voice to the voiceless and impact your field by applying to take our Wiki Scientist Course, Highlighting Women and Minorities in STEM on Wikipedia. The application is open from May 10 to July 09, 2021.

You are invited to join APS and Wiki Education (WikiEdu) to discover new ways to help break barriers for underrepresented groups in the sciences. In this weekly course, you will meet online via Zoom and receive training from Wikipedia experts as you create entries that uplift marginalized populations in physics. WikiEdu will facilitate collaborative work among participants, immersing you in the world behind Wikipedia. The course will be on Mondays for six weeks. First class will be on 08/02/21 from 2 pm - 3 pm ET

Eligibility
There are 20 seats available in this course.

Cost
Partial scholarships are available to candidates who can show potential for impact beyond the course to the selection committee and those selected to receive a scholarship will be notified a few weeks after the deadline. Please be advised that there are a limited number of scholarships and the only way to secure a seat is by applying AND paying full price by July 9th. The final cost with a scholarship depends on your status below*.

  • $25 - w/ APS undergrad membership
  • $39 - w/APS Graduate membership
  • $79 - w/APS Early Career membership
  • $169 - w/ APS regular or lifetime membership

*If accepted and additional financial aid is needed, please contact Rose Villatoro at Villatoro@aps.org before decision confirmation deadline (date will be in the acceptance email). Non-member will not be eligible to participate. To become an APS member please go to https://www.aps.org/membership/.

The full cost of the course is $500, and those that apply and pay for a full price will be automatically accepted to the course on the first-come, first-serve basis. After you submit the application please submit payment here: https://my.aps.org/NC__Event?id=a0l5G00000EBVxZQAX. Once payment is received your spot will be reserved for the course.

You Make the Difference
Past course stats
Between the 14 editors who participated in the Spring 2020 course:

  • 20 articles were created
  • 109 articles were edited
  • 890 total edits were made
  • 567 references were added

There were more than 905,000 views (and growing!) of those articles that were created or updated for the project.

One course alumni helped to facilitate editWikipedia4BlackLives during the #Strike4BlackLives. This resulted in:

  • 60 new articles
  • 493 articles edited
  • 2,230 total edits

Those articles received more than 7.6 million article views.

This course represents a partnership between APS and Wiki Education.

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We are now accepting applications for the Wiki Scientist Summer 2021 course.

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Need More Info?

If you have any questions, please contact Public Engagement Coordinator, Rose Villatoro at villatoro@aps.org.