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Joining HGAPS in High School[edit | edit source]

Becoming an HGAPS member as a high school student involves learning how to use various new tools and a heightened level of work responsibility. However, lack of knowledge about psychological science shouldn't prevent involvement in HGAPS. A large part of our work is focused on using pre-existing sources and finding ways to spread that information. Joining HGAPS can allow you to learn more about the field of psychology and Wikipedia. To learn more about becoming a new member, please visit our New Member Guide!

Preliminary Steps[edit | edit source]

  1. Go to the HGAPS Wikiversity page to learn about the organization's mission statement, current projects, and other general information about HGAPS
    1. It is suggested you look over the HGAPS SOPs (standard operating procedures) as well as our website, hgaps.org, to learn more about the organization!
  2. Create a Wikipedia account and complete Wiki training
    1. This training course will introduce basic editing skills
      1. Throughout the training, you will earn badges that will be displayed on your user page that let other users know which skills you have practiced
      2. By the end of the training you should have 15 badges
    2. It will also be helpful to familiarize yourself with other common Wiki functions, such as uploading pictures to Wikimedia Commons, inserting pictures/tables into pages, and working with user boxes
  1. Under the HGAPS Wikiversity page is the section “Tools we Use”. It will be useful to create accounts/familiarize yourself with these tools
    1. Some of the most used tools are Wikipedia, OSF, Zotero, Google Suite, Canva, and Slack

Create a user page[edit | edit source]

  • User boxes can be added to your Wikipedia profile page to show association with a certain group (in this case, HGAPS)
  1. Go to your personal Wikipedia Profile page, and then to ‘Edit Source’
  2. Copy and paste the code “{{Wikipedia:WikiProject Psychology/Userbox}}”
    1. This will create a userbox to show affiliation with WikiProject Psychology

To add additional userboxes, copy and paste the respective code onto your profile page[edit | edit source]

  1. Add other relevant information for example other userboxes, wiki badges, etc.
    1. If you want to self-disclose, you can

Meetings[edit | edit source]

  • HGAPS has been hosting weekly Zoom meetings every Thursday from 6-8pm
  • These meetings usually consist of a group discussion, then split into breakout rooms to focus on specific projects
  • Before each meeting, RSVP on the spreadsheet that will be provided through email earlier in the week, even if you can't attend
    • Indicate which project you will be working on to help create breakout rooms before the meeting
  • In addition, your project may require meetings throughout the week. These will also be hosted through Zoom, and are usually work sessions for group progress on a task
  • Responsibilities:
    • You will be assigned on a specific project and have tasks to work on both during and after the meeting
      • If any questions arise during the week, you can email or slack the water carrier for your project


If you are still interested and have completed all tasks, you are ready!

Contact hgapexec@hgaps.org

NCSSM Internship[edit | edit source]

Joining HGAPS through NCSSM[edit | edit source]

Globe statue in front of NCSSM

The NC School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) has a mentorship program that allows students to work with a professor at a university primarily in the RTP area. Students apply to this program in the fall of their junior year, and if accepted, enroll in a foundations course in their spring semester. More information about requirements and the application process can be found at this link. Joining HGAPS through NCSSM's official mentorship program follows a different procedure, so it is important to visit the link and follow all of the procedures written. NCSSM prefers that students DO NOT contact their mentors beforehand, so be sure to follow all of their instructions in order to ensure future NCSSM students can continue working at HGAPS.

About the NCSSM Internship[edit | edit source]

Getting started[edit | edit source]

As part of being a HGAPS intern, there are a lot of online programs to get acquainted with. After you receive your HGAPS email, here are the programs you will likely need to sign up for.

  • Create a Wiki account. It is recommended that you not use anything that contains your real name in your username, as Wikimedia is accessible by everyone on the internet
  • Complete the Wikipedia Adventure to learn how to edit Wikipedia
  • Create a Slack account to get plugged into the team. Slack is a messaging software often used by companies. You can either go ahead and make an account, or wait until you receive an invite to join HGAPS's server.
  • Create an OSF account. OSF is a data filing and sharing system that is used by HGAPS. It can be accessed by both people in HGAPS and also the wider community depending on the settings.
  • Create a Zotero Account. Zotero is often used for citations and keeping track of documents. It is helpful to sign in first, and then download the application for your desktop. You can also make using Zotero easier by installing a chrome extension that can allow you to use Zotero while not on the app.
Other Steps:[edit | edit source]
  • Familiarize yourself with how the different programs relate to each other using this graphic: (insert hand drawn graphic by Delancy).
  • Make sure you are also added to the following groups:
    • The HGAPS Wiki Dashboard, which tracks all the stats about HGAPS Wikiversity such as views and individual user contributions
    • The HGAPS Wiki User Group, which keeps track of current projects and members. Make sure you are added as a current member using your Wikipedia account.