Wiki Scientist Course

“Highlighting Women and Minorities in STEM 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 Fall Wiki Scientist Course, Highlighting Women and Minorities in STEM on Wikipedia. The application is open until August 14, 2020.

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.

There are 20 seats available in this course.

The full cost the course is $500, and those that pay for a seat will be automatically accepted to course on the first-come, first-serve basis. Full 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 in late August/early September.

Course Structure
The class meets online once per week over the course of 6 weeks, running September 21 - October 30, 2020. Sessions are one hour long. The class meeting time will be determined in part based on student availability.

You Make the Difference
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.

Wiki Scientist Course with APS

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If funding for the course is NOT coming from an APS entity (ex. APS Units or APS internal department ), please use the link above to pay for your seat. If it comes from within APS, please email us after the application is complete to initiate fund transfer.

Need More Info?

If you have any questions, please contact Public Engagement Coordinator, Rose Villatoro at