How to create your graduate student web profile

To create your profile, go to our Department of Biology website:

At the lower right-hand corner, you’ll see a “Log In” button.

Log in using your eID.

Some browsers will erroneously warn you about a security concern. The site is secure – don’t worry. If you get this screen, just navigate past it.

This will take you to the WordPress back-end dashboard underlying content for our website.

You’ll need to fill out two sections. The first is “Profile,” on the upper left.

When filling out the Profile section, you may choose how much of your contact info you want available (e.g. office location, phone number, website, etc.)

For your photo, we ask that you please submit either (1) a photo of yourself where you can clearly see your face, or (2) a photo of your study organism, if you’d rather not have your face on the site. The default picture is Clancy our departmental pet turtle … but we don’t want a department full of turtles, right?

In the “Description” box, please enter up to ~4 sentences describing your research interests. Please write this in the first person (i.e. “I am interested in doing this cool thing.”) I’d suggest showing yours to your labmates/friends for a second opinion before you submit it.

There is a section at the bottom specifically for graduate students — it will ask for your advisor and your grants and awards.
For advisor, please list the name as First Last (e.g. Rachel Mueller). For your grants and awards, please list them as you would on your CV. Although those fields look small, there is no text limit … so just paste ’em in.

If you leave any of these sections blank, they just won’t appear in your profile, so don’t worry about it. We won’t have “Grants and Awards – Not Applicable” or anything like that.

After you finish filling out the “Profile” section, click “Update Profile” to save your content.

Next, please navigate to the “Publications” tab on the upper left. Click on “Add New” and enter any papers you have written. The title (in the Enter title here field) can just be something short – like “Mueller 2013.”  What matters is that you paste the entire citation, as it appears on your CV, into the text box. When you are done, hit “Preview” on the right-hand side. If you are happy with how it looks, hit the “Publish” button on the right. Again, the Publications field will only appear if you have something in it.

We will “encourage” you to update your web presence once a year and we’ll remind you to be sure it’s taken down when you graduate – this way, we stay up-to-date for our fans.