在线学术档案开始与您的网站开始

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.

你为什么需要一个网站?

PH:作为教员,我一直在努力邀请年轻的数学家到数学研究计划,甚至是指导机会。当我组织更多的活动时,我遇到了同样的障碍:发现很少没有关于有人推荐的学生的信息。我主要通过他们的教师和教授来了解学生,因为我在社交媒体上发表机会,并要求我的数学家庭分享他们可能知道这是符合该计划的描述和有针对性的受众。我总是得到快速的回应和潜在参与者的名称。通过手头的建议,我很快就会搬家尝试找到有关它们的更多信息。我的默认是为了快速搜索,看看他们是否可能有一个网站,我可以了解他们的学术旅程和数学背景和兴趣。然而,我发现很少有学生实际上有学术在线存在。这里的那一点通常是这些机会出现,而没有道路对你的了解你,教授可能没有时间甚至舒适地伸出口,以便确定这是对你的正确机会吗?。

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.

就像Kimberly和Peter认为初步犹豫,关键的洞察力是不让这阻止你入门。现在我们有那些情感,让我们从课程和彼得创造的网站上学到的课程和彼得那样开始一些务实的建议。

平台制作您的网站

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.

还有许多其他网站创建平台和服务,如Squarespace,Wix和Weebly,它提供了自由版本的产品,其功能有限,但对于那些创建第一个学术网站的人来说非常适合。这些服务的好处是,如果您想稍后,可以升级到高级订阅并解锁其他功能。这些差异很大程度上从服务到服务,但它们肯定值得调查,因为它们包括日历同步,联系表单和许多其他功能。

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。

设计您的网站

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!

分离思想

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!

Biographies:

Kimberly Hadaway

金伯利是威廉姆斯学院的高级本科数学和化学双重专业,她将在2021年秋季上市研究生院才能追求博士学位。在数学中。她渴望作为数学家工作,增加对数学中其他黑人女性的代表,并分享与该领域相关的美丽和乐趣。除了数学外,金伯利对各种艺术有热情:子弹日记,绗缝,水彩画等等。

Peter Hollander

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.


[1]域名只是您的网站超链接的主要部分。您可能希望您的域名成为您的姓名;例如,如果您的姓名是“第一个M.最后,”您可以使您的域名“www.firstmlast.com”制作“www.firstmlast.com”所以人们很容易找到你!

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