IVSS Virtual Badges

In order to develop STEM professional skills and be entered in the stipend drawing for the GLOBE Annual Meeting, students need to earn a minimum of two of these optional/additional virtual badges. To earn these badges - students should select up to three of these optional badges and write about how they earned them in their IVSS reports. In order to receive these virtual badges, students must display the skills listed for each badge and show evidence of these skills in their written IVSS reports. All students who submit reports to the IVSS receive a Student Research Badge, so students can earn up to four badges total.  Include a summary of how you earned each badge in your report.



  • Be a Collaborator

All team members are listed including students from the same school or schools from around the world, along with clearly defined roles, how these roles support one another, and descriptions of each student’s contribution. The descriptions clearly indicate the advantages of the collaboration. If the students collaborated with students from another school, describe how working with other schools improved the research.

  • Be a Data Scientist

The report includes in-depth analysis of students’ own data as well as other data sources. Students discuss limitations of these data, make inferences about past, present, or future events, or use data to answer questions or solve problems in the represented system. Consider data from other schools or data available from other databases.

  • Be an Engineer

The report uses student-generated sources of evidence to describe an engineering problem, looks at solutions through engineering, or optimizes a design to address a real-world problem, and describes the potential impact of the engineering principles on the environment.

  • Make an Impact

The report clearly describes how a local issue led to the research questions or makes connections between local and global impacts. The students need to clearly describe or show how the research contributed to a positive impact on their community through making recommendations or taking action based on findings. 

  • Be a STEM Professional

The report clearly describes collaboration with a STEM professional that enhanced the research methods, contributed to improved precision, and supported more sophisticated analyses and interpretations of results.

  • Be a STEM Storyteller

The report describes or shows how the students shared the story of their research in a creative way. This could be via a dramatic interpretation, a blog, Instagram post, artistic rendering, or any other way to creatively share what the students learned.