Guy Cameron

PhD, Bbiomedsci(hons), Bmedsci

Best Owlstown Website Award

December 12, 2023

Reflecting on the 2023 Best Personal Academic Websites Contest

A Personal Journey and Collective Achievement
I had the incredible honour of being one of the winners in the 2023 Best Personal Academic Websites Contest. It's a moment I'm keen to share, reflecting not just on my journey but on the collective achievement of all involved.
The awards
The awards were judged by Jennifer van Alstyne, Brittany Trinh, and Dr. Ian Li who  conceived this to celebrate and acknowledge the hard work of academics like us who venture into the digital realm. It's been a unique platform for professors, researchers, scientists, postdocs, grad students, and independent scholars to showcase their personal academic websites

I was in distinguished company, alongside winners such as Dr. Sheena Howard, Dr. Seth-Aaron Martinez, Dr. Jarrett Dillenburger, Dr. Alex E. Stern, Dr. Yalidy Matos, Dr. Zoe R. Smith, Dr. Aloysius Soon, Kantwon Rogers, Jared Boyce, Dr. Melanie Sindelar, and Dr. Fuschia-Ann Hoover. Each of us brought something unique to the table, contributing to a diverse and enriching experience.

The Contest's Scope and Purpose
Running from 17 July to 30 September, the contest was a fantastic opportunity to showcase our websites, which are a testament to our academic journeys and contributions. The primary goal was to acknowledge our hard work and offer a repository of outstanding examples for others to learn from and be inspired by.

A Range of Categories
The awards spanned various categories including Overall Best Personal Academic Website, Best Portfolio Website, Best Google Site, and others. Each category highlighted different aspects of what makes an academic website compelling and effective.

Final Thoughts
As I look back, I feel immense pride in being part of this vibrant community. The contest was not just about winning; it was about learning, sharing, and growing together. It underscored the importance of digital presence in our academic lives and the potential impact it can have.

For those aspiring to create or enhance their academic websites, I strongly encourage you to draw inspiration from this contest. There are abundant resources and examples to guide you.

A special shout-out to our co-hosts and partners for their relentless efforts in making this contest a significant milestone in our academic endeavours.


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