Best Personal Academic Websites Contest 2023 is open for entries!

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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. The deadline for entries has been extended through September 30, 2023.

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

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

This is the 2nd annual Best Personal Academic Websites Contest. We’re excited to be back in 2023 to celebrate your websites. The entry form is quick to fill out.

It’s never too early or too late to make your website a reality. We have free resources to help you below. Watch the replay of our free live event to help you set up your website today.

Have a personal academic website? Enter to win an award.

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.

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

Watch the replay of our virtual event to help you set up your personal academic website

This event was recorded live on Zoom on August 1, 2023 at 6pm Pacific Time, hosted by Jennifer van Alstyne @HigherEdPR, Brittany Trinh @BrttnyTrnh, and Dr. Ian Li of Owlstown @Owlstown


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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 helps professors feel confident when showing up online. The Academic Designer LLC is a minority woman-owned business helping academics share their research, teaching, and leadership on websites and social media since 2018. The Social Academic blog, podcast, and YouTube channel helps professors manage their online presence to build a strong digital footprint.

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“This contest inspired so many people last year to make their own websites. I’m delighted we get to bring it back again this year. It’s never too early or too late to make your personal academic website.”

— Jennifer van Alstyne (@HigherEdPR)

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Winners will be announced at the end of November here on The Social Academic blog.

7 free resources for creating your own personal academic website

Our goal is to help as many people as possible. Here are free resources from Ian Li of Owlstown, Brittany Trinh Creative, and The Academic Designer LLC to help you make your website. Please share with your friends.

Don’t have a website yet? Watch the replay of our virtual Setting Up Your Personal Academic Website event.

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View the award winning websites from the 2022 contest!

Entries to the 2023 Best Personal Academic Websites Contest are open through September 30, 2023. Thank you for helping us share this contest! Winners will be announced on at the end of November 2023.

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