Overview and Elements
Because of the numerous advantages having an online resume and portoflio of your achievements will provide, during college and after, completion of an ePortfolio website is required by EHP to graduate with honors.
An ePortfolio is esstentially...
An online showcase for your education, goals and accomplishments
(to anyone you provide the link to and your EHP peers)
An opportunity to reflect upon and integrate what has been valuable about your college experience
A professional presentation of yourself to potential employers, grad schools, internships and research experiences.
An additional benefit is that, because EHP portfolios are shared with the community, you will have access to see your peers accomplishments. You may find inspiration from seeing what earlier generations of EHPers have been involved with and may find persons to contact for more information about things you are interested in.
Elements to Include
Your personal website will reflect your unique college experience and achievements, so each one will differ from each other. The goal here is to provide you with something you can show to employers or other people you may be applying to work with. It will be up to you to include on your site the things you feel are most beneficial to share (and you may ignore our suggestions if they are not relevant to your goals).
Below is a list of elements that are required and optional elements we think would be beneficial for you to include on your site.
BIOGRAPHICAL (Required for all students)
Basic resume, updated each year as needed.
- PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
This will be discussed and completed in your Critical Encounters I course. As a "philosophy" of education, this section should communicate what you think about education and why you want to be educated in this manner. The reader should learn what kind of learner you are, how you prioritized different aspects of your education, etc. This can also include why you chose Applied Math or Mechanical as your major, why you chose x or y as your minor, why you earned a certificate, why you were involved in EHP, etc.--especially if the fit isn't readily apparent. You can also discuss what you hope to gain from your education; why you chose your various activities (service, research, internships, being an LA, playing in the band, study abroad, etc.); the role collaboration has played in your education; how you selected your electives; etc.
- SPECIAL COURSEWORK
Showcase your abilities by presenting work of which you are especially proud. We recommend 3 or so samples of especially difficult, creative, or noteworthy work done for a course. For exmaple, a design project, a fourier project, a particularly difficult proof from "APPM Analysis class", a paper you wrote in German for a class, etc.
- CREATIVE WORK
This can take a variety of forms. It can be creativity in a design project, creative writing (poetry, fiction, etc.), visual art (drawing, painting, video work, etc.); video/audio of musical work; musical scores; video of performances; etc.
- WRITING SAMPLES AND/OR THESIS
The ability to communicate well is essential to almost any type of success. This section should present 2-3 writing samples that demonstrate your ability to organize your thoughts, the quality of your reasoning and the clarity of expressing your thoughts. Your Symposium speech from Critical Encounters I could be your first posted sample. This writing could be from a class, but it could also be something related to research, an article you are working on or something you are presenting to a non-academic group.
- SENIOR DESIGN PROJECTS (OR OTHER)
You may choose to include a comprehensive presentation of your senior design project: it's scope, purpose, driving question, technical problem being addressed, process, outcome, etc. Again, this could be an imbedded powerpoint presentation, a narrative, etc. You should include multiple pictures or video.
- A main goal of this section would be for potential employees or grad schools to be able to see what you did in your senior design project/thesis.
Present internship experiences, including not only a presentation of what you did, but reflections on what you learned, the value of the project, how this fits your ambitions, etc.
- SPECIAL INITIATIVES
Highlight something unique that you want to make known. This could be your work on something like starting a tutoring program, a student group, projects you've worked on in the Makerspace, etc. You may choose to include your reflections on this as well a comprehensive presentation of what you did.
- INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
Present your international experiences (EWB, Study Abroad, Development Projects, international volunteer projects, etc.).
- Present the ways in which you have been involved in service, such as TEAMS, EWB, tutoring, Habitat for Humanity, EEF, things you've done for the EHP community, reading EHP applications ;)...
- Include pictures or video or a powerpoint presentation or you can embed web links to official webpages to communicate your work. You may choose to include your reflections on why you think this project matters, what you learned from it, why you did it, etc.
- The concept of leadership can include many different things (many of which will overlap with "Service"): society/group leadership, leading a design project, being a tutor/LA, a recitation leader, organizing special events, being a TEAMS leader, etc.
- Present any research work you have done--for a class, in someone's lab, during an REU or an internship. Include pictures, video, powerpoint presentations, visuals, etc. where relevant.
- This section will be especially interesting to grad schools, employers, potential research advisors (at REUs, etc.).