Announcing a Contest for Best Personal Academic Websites You Should Enter!

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Do you have a personal academic website? Enter to win an award

Enter to win the Best Personal Academic Websites Contest. Entries have now closed.

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Hi, there. I’m Jennifer van Alstyne of The Academic Designer LLC. My friends Brittany Trinh and Ian Li of Owlstown and I are teaming up to bring you a professional development contest for

  • Faculty
  • Professors
  • Scientists
  • Postdocs
  • Grad students
  • Independent researchers

Have a personal academic website? Entries have now closed.

The 2022 contest has now closed. This contest was open until November 2, 2022 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

Entries are free. The form takes just a couple of minutes to complete.

Don’t have a website yet? We have resources to help you build a website below.

Why you should enter

We want to recognize the hard work you’ve put into your personal academic or scientist website.

Listen to the announcement.

There will be awards in multiple categories. Here’s what you get if you win an award

  • A line on your CV
  • A digital badge for your LinkedIn profile and website
  • Be featured as a top academic website in the winner’s announcement and on social media
  • Bragging rights

Entries were accepted from October 11 – November 2, 2022.

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Subscribe so you don’t miss the winner’s announcement!

Winners will be announced on December 7, 2022 here on The Social Academic.


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Brittany Trinh is a website strategist and designer for STEM leaders. She helps grad students, scientists, and academics create impact-driven websites so they can level up in their careers & get paid for their expertise. She’s currently a chemistry PhD student at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“I hope that this contest will motivate more graduate students to get their websites done ASAP. I’m excited to see more academics share their finished websites on Twitter!”

— Brittany Trinh (@BrttnyTrnh)

Ian Li is the creator of Owlstown, the website builder for academics. Owlstown websites are easy to make and maintain, so you can focus on your research. With templates for various research artifacts, Owlstown allows you to present your research in various ways to inspire and inform others.

“I am excited that the contest will encourage people to share their research by creating an academic website. I hope that the experience of creating an academic website will help people to think about how to present their research. I also hope that people may gain inspiration from each other’s websites.”

— Ian Li (@Owlstown)

Jennifer van Alstyne is a communications strategist for professors and researchers. The Academic Designer LLC is a minority woman-owned business helping academics share their work effectively online since 2018. Learn how to manage your online presence with The Social Academic blog, podcast, and YouTube channel.

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“People ask me for examples of the best academic websites all the time. I can’t wait to showcase the websites of academics like you. I hope you enter to win. Tell the friends whose websites you admire they should enter too!”

— Jennifer van Alstyne (@HigherEdPR)


Don’t have a website yet? We have resources to help.

In support of our nonprofit partner

This year’s nonprofit partner is the STEM Advocacy Institute.

Donations are not required to enter this contest. The Best Personal Academic Websites contest is free to enter.

SAi is a Boston based incubator that is making it easier for social entrepreneurs to launch new programs and tools that connect people to science via public science engagement, science communication, and informal science learning.

“We envision a future where STEM is inclusive, diverse, and accessible. Our core belief is that​ access to STEM is a necessary catalyst for social advancement and ultimately, global peace.”

— from the STEM Advocacy Institute website

Make a gift to support this nonprofit.

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Official Rules for the Best Personal Academic Websites Contest

Entries to the 2022 Best Personal Academic Websites Contest have now closed. Thank you for helping us share this contest! Winners will be announced on December 7.

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Jennifer van Alstyne is a Peruvian-American poet and communications consultant. She founded The Academic Designer, LLC to help professors, researchers, and graduate students manage their online presence. Jennifer’s goal is to help people share their work with the world.

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