学生作者：kimberly hadaway和peter Hollander，教师作者：Pamela E. Harris
Most mathematicians wait until close to completing their PhD to create their academic websites, but starting sooner can really pay dividends, especially for students looking to find new academic opportunities. Luckily, there are many accessible (very often free!) sites that facilitate website creation, thereby providing an opportunity for younger mathematicians to begin building their academic profile and creating and sharing their own academic profiles. Below, we describe some common questions about why academic websites are needed, and we also provide some tips on how to start building your first website.
我可以听到启动一个网站和学生，特别是那些目前本科生的人可能会认为它们可能会认为他们没有足够的信息来填充网站，这可能会感到非常挑战。事实是，通过拍摄数学课程，您已经有足够的是至少开始网站的第一页。但是，我了解犹豫，阻止学生在此任务中入门。要把它付诸实践，让我们听到Kimberly Hadaway和Peter Hollander，因为当我作为他们的论文顾问时，他们分享了最初的想法，任务他们创建他们的第一个学术网站。
Kimberly:I was hesitant about making a website, but my lovely thesis advisor suggested that I make one anyway. I spent a while on it so that I could feel as proud as I do when I direct people to it to learn more about me. My website is now “complete,” which means that it is good enough to be shared with the world, because I will continue to update it as I grow. Within a month, I have shared my website link in my email signature, at conferences, in graduate school applications, and people are always super impressed because this “simple” act makes me look so put together. (Not to gloat, butmy websitelooks absolutely amazing, so feel free to check it out for some inspiration.)
Peter:If you want to really put yourself out there, a website is the way to do it. Think about it this way––you wouldn’t attach your CV to every email you send, as it just isn’t professional to do so, but how else do you share information about yourself with others? I’ve linkedmy websiteat the bottom of my email signature so that now, every person I email has a chance to look through my work and learn a bit more about me. What’s more, the information on my website spans much more broadly than just a CV, so sharing a website allows me the freedom to share anything else I want with my peers and future employers.
Our personal favorite platform isGoogle Sites那because it is completely free and relatively easy to use while maintaining a clean and crisp look. An additional benefit is that you can pay for your domain name1if you so desire. When choosing a website template among the numerous provided, we recommend focusing on a design that you actually like and that allows you to quickly and easily update your information.
What to put on your website
Your website’s primary purpose is to allow others to easily learn about you. After reading through your website, readers should feel like they have a decent idea of who you are, your mathematical interests, and your relevant academic experience. If you also convince your site visitors that you are amiable and would work well with them, you have earned a few extra credit points.
Regarding general content, your website should contain a biography (in which you may list things like your year in school and mathematical interests) and your CV or resume (but not both). We also recommend including (at least) one photo of yourself, your contact information, and, of course, your relevant experience. Possible relevant experience could be any research publications (or REU/research experience), teaching experience, and any other experience which you believe is germane to the goals of your website. Remember to include courses you have taken and even a short description of the type of mathematics you have found the most enjoyable.
Spacing of information within a website is important to readers; whenever possible, do spread out your information over multiple pages, each serving a unique purpose. For example, if you want to talk more about your mathematics thesis and your experience working as a TA, instead of putting both subjects on a single page you should create one page titled “Research Experience” and another titled “Teaching Experience.” This way, readers know what sort of content to expect based on the title of each page, and they are encouraged to learn more about you without encountering overwhelmingly long walls of text. You should also be careful to use a clear font and not include too much text. Only say what you need to say to not bore or confuse the reader. After all, if what they see interests them, they can always reach out to you to talk more or to inquire further.
Lastly, we want to stress the importance of including a small bit of (fun) personal information––something that makes you a strong mathematician和一个很酷的人。这可以在你生物结束时一句话，它可以做很多，让你更多地是一个圆满的人，而不是研究人员或学生。如果您喜欢烘烤蛋糕，或缝纫绗缝或阅读书籍，或打排球，请随时添加此类信息。我们是具有广泛兴趣的人，但请记住这是一个学术网站，所以您确实希望注意不要将您的新学术网站转变为您的社交媒体枢纽。
Take a moment to think about good websites and not-so-good websites you have seen. In fact, we encourage you to visit your own professors’ websites and ask yourself the following questions:
- What are common aspects you see in these websites? What is prominently displayed in banners?这将有助于您确定您的网站是否有您希望根据您喜欢使用或非常思考的网站来查看的所有内容。做你的感受谨慎。您没有访问这些网站，以将您当前的工作与多年来可能策划其网站的人进行比较。它只是一个练习，可以通过您设计中可以实现的一些初始信息。
- 是什么让这些网站脱颖而出？该网站的积极和消极功能是什么？This helps you determine if one template might be better than another. It can also help you determine what you want to avoid or mimic in your own website.
- How is the layout of the contect formatted? Are there many images? How do they utilize links?这些问题的答案允许您在人们访问您的网站时考虑用户体验。我们建议您开始小，并在进一步编辑您的网站时进行增量变化。
关于设计,使用一个或两个容易-read fonts, spread out your information, choose one accent color. With respect to “professionalism,” first impressions are (unfortunately) important, so do express yourself all while maintaining an appearance of a motivated, friendly, respectful, and competent individual. If you are not sure about whether something should go on your website, ask your professors or your mentor or the career center at your institution!
If you were under the impression that you needed to be a professor before you could even consider building your own academic website, then we hope by now you have changed your mind and that you agree that you need your own website right now.
Remember, your website is a living document reflecting your journey through academia. Your website is a place to unabashedly brag about yourself and your accomplishments. Your website is a place for others to learn more about you as a scholar and, more importantly, as a person. Your website can reflect a holistic version of yourself that others may not know, including matching a face to a name. Your website can start out small, and you should not let perfection be the enemy of starting your website. So, just get out of your comfort zone, and begin building your academic profile already!
Peter is a senior Mathematics major at Williams College. He is also a four-year member of the Williams Crew team and an avid runner, cyclist, and rock climber. He will be attending graduate school in Fall 2021, pursuing a Ph.D. in Mathematics, his ultimate goal being to teach and research mathematics.