My institution does not provide website support for individual PIs, so many of the faculty have only a barebones faculty webpage. This minimalist approach is neither eye-catching nor appealing, and it represents a tremendous missed opportunity for recruiting new students and demonstrating credibility to reviewers and program officers.
I have tried several times during the course of my pre-tenure career to develop a website for my research group, with the goal of creating a showcase for our research, accomplishments, and facilities. Even with downloading templates from the Web, I spent hundreds of hours (that could have been more productively spent writing papers and proposals) trying to figure out how to make a nice-looking website and made absolutely zero progress.
This spring I decided to to hire a professional website design company to create a website for my research group. Academic Web Pages was far and away the company that produced the most websites that were attractive, eye-catching, informative, and yet still retained clean and uncluttered functionality.
I had the pleasure of working with Sarah Boyd, and she did a tremendous job working with me through all of the stages of the development. Being a scientist, I am quite compulsive by nature, and this was especially true for what I wanted for my website. Sarah was the consummate professional in all of our interactions. She was accommodating of my revision requests and my busy schedule.
All of my colleagues are envious of my attractive new research group website, and more than one of them have contracted Academic Web Pages to create websites for their own research groups. I urge all pre-tenure faculty to do this as early in their independent careers as possible – the payoff is tremendous, and it is worth every penny!
Department of Chemistry, Department of Materials Science and Engineering
The Tennyson Lab
Academic Web Pages client since 2019.