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Cornell BMES/Graduate Community Engagement
Engineering edit-a-thon series for Cornell University engineering community.
targetFebruary 1
start dateJanuary 15
start year2020
end dateMay 15
end year2020
budget (local currency)$600
budget (USD)$600 Cornell Biomedical Engineering Society
grant typeGroup
organization (if applicable)• Cornell Biomedical Engineering Society Graduate Student Chapter

Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Recruit new editors
  2. Add and improve science and engineering content as well as content related to underrepresented groups in science and engineering
  3. Build community dedicated to open science at Cornell
  4. Partner with other campus organizations to diversify the content being added

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

The project will consist of a series of three editathons spread over the spring semester 2020.

2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.

We will advertise the event to the biomedical engineering community through a email list of all students in the department. Engineering students from other fields will likewise be informed through their associated email lists. Fliers will be posted throughout engineering buildings, libraries, and commons spaces on the Cornell Ithaca Campus. Furthermore we will invite graduate student organizations such as Graduate Women in Science to edit with us, in order to help close gaps in information about minority contributions to society. Working with such organizations on campus will increase our participation and relevance to the greater community.

3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?

We have one experienced Wikimedia editor who will lead the events.

4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

We expect most participants to contribute using their personal laptops, but we will be able to provide laptops through no-cost loans from Cornell University Libraries. New editors will be guided through the editing process by organizers using wikipedia editing guidelines, and will be encouraged to spend their first editing session improving existing sections. In subsequent sessions, participants will be encouraged to work in groups to create new articles, page sections, and otherwise develop new content pertinent to their research area. All editors will be graduate students or professionals with extensive knowledge of primary scientific literature in specific areas and significant writing experience.

5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

We will encourage students to continue to contribute to Wikimedia outside of group events. Future Cornell BMES Community Engagement Co-chairs will continue to organize group editing events.

6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  1. Number of events: 3
  2. Number of participants: 25
  3. Number of new editors: 20
  4. Number of of articles created or improved: 50
  5. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events): 15


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

The Community Engagement Co-Chairs for the Graduate Cornell BMES (Biomedical Engineering Society) will organize these events. We will advertise these events to the Biomedical Engineering graduate community through email list-servs as well as the Cornell University graduate community through GPSA (Graduate Professional Student Association) and EGSA (Engineering Graduate Student Association). We can easily reserve group space to host editing events. Most graduate students have access to laptops and we will provide laptops on loan from the Cornell University libraries. We will also seek funding from GPSA for an initial event in Fall Semester 2019.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

In order to attract graduate students we will provide food during the events.
Per each of three events:
  • Coffee: $50
  • Various food: $150
Total: $600


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