Wiki Scientist Course

Biographies of Women and Minority Physicists

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, Biographies of Women and Minority Physicists. Act quickly, the application closes on January 10.

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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 15 seats available in this course. Participants will be selected by selected by the APS Committee on Informing the Public and WikiEdu. There will be a waitlist for those who are not selected for this round. You must be a member of the American Physical Society in order to participate. Join APS.

Up to ten full scholarships are available to candidates who are able to show potential for impact beyond the course to the selection committee. The full cost of this course is $750. If your institution, a grant, or other funding is available to cover your tuition for this course, your application will be preferred and we will accept a limited number on a first come, first served basis.

Course Structure
The class will meet online once per week over the course of 12 weeks, starting the week of February 10. Participants should plan to commit three hours each week; this includes the one-hour class session plus two hours for independent work. The class meeting time will be determined in part based on student availability.

You Make the Difference
When Donna Strickland won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physics, she was the first woman in 55 years to receive the honor. Unfortunately, at the time of the announcement, Dr. Strickland did not have a biography established on Wikipedia. This is where Wiki Scientists like you can make a difference by ensuring that physicists are properly recognized for their achievements, and that accurate, detailed information is available to inquisitive minds around the world.

Thank you for your interest in creating compelling content to raise the profile of fellow scientists.

This course represents a partnership between APS and Wiki Education.

Wiki Scientist Course with APS

Need More Info?

If you have any questions, please contact Public Engagement Programs Manager James Roche at