PhD Student Bios

In addition to their studies, doctoral candidates are involved in many aspects of the school. Among other activities, they hold Research or Teaching Fellowships and organize speaker series, conferences, and journals.

Students generally take courses their first two years, and are engaged in research and teaching for at least two more years. After their fourth year, students may or may not remain in residency; many travel to pursue their research, either in the US or abroad.

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Salma’s research is supported by the Agha Khan program at Harvard University, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research (IJURR), and Harvard University’s Center for African Research. She holds a Master of Science degree in urban development and planning from the Bartlett, University College London and a Bachelor of Architecture from the American University in Cairo. Before starting her Ph.D. at Harvard university, she worked as an urban planner in Cairo in collaboration with several NGOs, international development organizations, governmental agencies and local municipalities.

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Hugo Betting  is an architect and a third-year Ph.D. student. His research explores the entanglement of architecture, science and environment in history, through texts and objects in the nineteenth and twentieth-century North Atlantic.

Integrating architectural history into the framework of cultural history, his current work examines how technology bears both practical and symbolic functions in nature’s exploitation, imitation, reproduction, and “recovery”; how “nature” was used as a moral, social, racial, organizational, and formal reference in the production of the built environment; or, in other words, how nature, human representations, and human productions interact.

His work on the idea of nature’s recovery at the Crystal Palace was presented at the annual Mahindra Humanities Center Graduate Student Conference at Harvard University. His forthcoming paper on the role of natural formations at the Riverside settlement in Illinois will be presented this November at the Symposium of Urban Design History and Theory, held in Delft.

Prior to arriving at Harvard, Hugo completed a Licence’s and a Master’s Degree from Paris La Villette School of Architecture and worked for various architecture studios in Paris. In 2021 and 2022, he received the Arthur Sachs Scholarship.

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William Conroy  is a PhD candidate in urban studies and planning at Harvard University. His ongoing dissertation project articulates a theorization of the role of urbanization in the reproduction of capitalist society, doing so with reference to the history of American anti-imperial thought after 1928.

William has presented his academic work at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Geographers and at the Urban Affairs Association Conference, among many other fora. He took his PhD qualifying exams under the supervision of Neil Brenner, Katrina Forrester, and Walter Johnson, with his major exam developing a “reproductionist approach” to the historical geographies of capital, and his minor exam engaging the topic of race and the urban process in the imperial United States after 1870. His own research on those themes has appeared or is forthcoming in leading journals of urban studies, geography, and socio-spatial theory, including Antipode, Environment and Planning A, Theory, Culture & Society, and more. (For more information and publication details, please visit:

William has a BA (summa cum laude) from Northwestern University, an MPhil (with distinction) from the University of Oxford, and an AM from Harvard University, where he was named a Presidential Fellow. He is a Research Affiliate at the University of Chicago’s Urban Theory Lab. Prior to graduate school, William worked for several environmental organizations, including as a Princeton in Asia Fellow.

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Yazmín M. Crespo Claudio , a Puerto Rican architect and educator, is co-founder/director of taller Creando Sin Encargos (tCSE), a Cambridge/San Juan-based collective working towards socio-spatial design for urban justice since 2012. Crespo-Claudio is a Lecturer and Ph.D. candidate in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning at Harvard University. She completed a secondary field in Film and Visual Studies and is working on a certificate in Latin American Studies. Her scholarship addresses the relationship between architecture, education, media, and territory, focusing on pedagogical experiments of architecture in Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a Master in Design Studies in History and Theory of Architecture from Harvard GSD, a Master of Architecture in Urban Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning, and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Design from the Universidad de Puerto Rico’s School of Architecture.

Before coming to Harvard, Crespo-Claudio was the Chair of the Department of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Interior Design and Assistant Professor at the Universidad Ana G. Méndez in Puerto Rico. She has also taught at Harvard GSD; New York Institute of Technology; Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico; Elisava Escola Universitària de Disseny i Enginyeria de Barcelona; Universidad de Puerto Rico; Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico where she was a Professor and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts in Design; and Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Her writings have been published in, among others,  De Arquitectura, Bitácora Urbano Territorial, Arquine, Polimorfo, ACSA and UIA proceedings, in the books Aprender Arquitectura by Arquine, Repository: 49 Methods and Assignments for Writing Urban Places by COST Action CA181126, and Placemaking with Children and Youth by Louise Chawla et al (co-authored), among others.

She has presented her work at several venues including the CAA Annual Conference, LASA Conference, Docomomo International Conference, CEISAL International Conference, Jornadas de Investigación Género, Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo FADU UBA, World Congress of Architects UIA, Participatory Design Conference, ACSA International Conference , among others. Her work has been exhibited at the 13 th International Architecture Biennale São Paulo (tCSE), Participatory Design Conference Newcastle upon Tyne (tCSE), Storefront for Art and Architecture NYC (tCSE), Kirkland Gallery Cambridge, AIA Puerto Rico , Museu Marítim de Barcelona , and the curation of several art, architecture, and design exhibits. Crespo-Claudio’s work has been recognized with various awards including the  Edita Technical Chamber of Greece at the XIX Congress UIA, and as an Associate Designer at Perkins Eastman the World Architecture Award 2009,  and the  AIA NY Merit Award  for the TKTS Booth in New York.

Crespo-Claudio is the recipient of the American Association University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Fellowship 2023-24. In 2022, She was awarded the Harvard Frederick Sheldon Fellowship and the Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellowship, and the Racial, GSD Equity, and Anti-Racism Fund for Archive IN/IN: International Intersectional Feminism in 2023. Her research has been supported by the Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and Harvard GSD.

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Samira holds a Master of Architecture from University of Toronto and a Master of Science from University of Michigan. She joined the design discipline after five years of medical studies in Iran. Prior to joining Harvard, Samira taught at University of Miami and practiced in Toronto. Her writings have appeared in Winterthur Portfolio (The University of Chicago Press), Thresholds Journal (MIT Press), Informa , Inflection Journal , and Centre , among others. She has exhibited her work at MIT (Keller Gallery), Fashion Art Toronto, University of Texas at Austin, and Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism at Carleton University.

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Taylor holds a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and M.Arch from the University of Waterloo and an MA in Urban Planning from Harvard University. Taylor was a lecturer at Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (2021–23) where she has led graduate classes on urban history, planning theory, and local climate governance. She has editorial experience at Log journal, The Architectural Review, and Harvard GSD Publications. Taylor has previously received a Canada Weatherhead Doctoral Fellowship, a Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative Doctoral Fellowship, and a SSHRC Canada Doctoral Fellowship. She is currently a Graduate Student Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

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Phillip frequently writes about architecture, art, and design. His writing has appeared in  Harvard Design Magazine, Volume, Metropolis, The New York Times, and other publications.  Recent projects include a genealogy of “creaturely” architecture in  Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech,  edited by K. Michael Hays and Andrew Holder (Harvard University Press), and The Art of Joining: Designing the Universal Connector  (Leipzig: Spector Books), a pocketbook anthology of original research on the architect Konrad Wachsmann. He is a member of the editorial board of  Architect’s Newspaper  and editor of New York Review of Architecture.  In 2020, Phillip co-founded  a83 , a gallery and organization in Soho, New York, with a three-part mission to exhibit, publish, and promote experimental projects in architecture, art, and design.

Phillip completed his Master of Architecture degree at Princeton University, where he graduated with the certificate in Media + Modernity, and received the School of Architecture History and Theory Prize. He received a Master’s degree from Harvard University in 2019. He also holds a professional Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was awarded the Louis F Valentour Fellowship, the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Prize for Architecture History, and the AIA Henry Adams Medal. He has practiced in numerous roles with architecture firms and organizations in the United States and Europe, including OMA/Rem Koolhaas, MOS Architects of New York, and C-Lab at Columbia University. In 2018, Phillip was a fellow of the Bauhaus Global Modernism Lab in Dessau, Germany. In 2019, he received a Graham Foundation grant to support his work on an English-language translation of Nicolas Schöffer’s 1969 urban manifesto  La ville cybernétique.

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Hayley’s current research examines developments in early modern theatre architecture and stage design, considering such topics and themes as the ways in which architecture and architectural thinking were transformed by the dramatic arts and became increasingly tied to other modes of rhetorical address practiced on stage; cultures of secrecy and rivalry characteristic of the profession of ‘scenic designer’ and among practitioners of esoteric theatre-technological knowledge; yet undecided relations between the role and reputation of stage managers called “il corago” or impresari and military commanders responsible for overseeing dynamic theatres of war; scenographic theory and its precarious relationship to practice; aesthetic and spatial programs for auditoria; and the pan-European legacy of architectural dynasties active in theatre and set design, including the families Galliari, Quaglio, and Galli da Bibiena.

Hayley’s interest in theatre architecture began following her visit to the Teatro Goldoni in Florence, Italy, in 2015. Equally inspired by the writings and life of the theatre’s namesake, that of the Venetian playwright Carlo Goldoni, Hayley was inspired to complete her master’s thesis at McGill University on the role and representation of a topic much debated in Goldoni’s creative work: Commedia dell’arte , being a form of Renaissance comic theatre with crude plots and characters like the gnocchi-loving scoundrel Punch ( Pulcinella ). While completing her degree, Hayley spent time as a Research Library Reader at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, California, where she consulted copious visual materials from both the Italian Theatre Prints Collection and the Stage and Theatre Design Collection. Prior to matriculating to Harvard in 2020, Hayley completed a three-month research residency at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini’s Institute of Theatre and Opera in Venice, Italy.

For the 2023-24 academic year, Hayley will fulfill the role of MDes Research Tutor in the Narratives Program and will partake in a digital exhibition project with the Harvard Art Museums. The exhibition, which aims to shed light on the material culture of the Crusades, will feature over one-hundred individual objects from the Museums’ collections.

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Tamer is an associate member of the Spatial Ethnography Lab, a research collaborative co-founded and led by anthropologist Vyjayanthi Rao. He is also a research member of Neil Brenner’s Urban Theory Lab at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, in which he works on the spatial and political dimensions of extractive economies and large-scale water and energy infrastructure in the restructuring of North Africa. Tamer previously worked as a research assistant in the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure, focusing on water and energy infrastructure in the US. Furthermore, reflecting his shared interests in critical geography and environmental anthropology, he was awarded the Penny White summer grant to conduct fieldwork in Egypt, investigating the infrastructural landscapes of coastal engineering works in the Nile Delta.

Tamer holds a Master in Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), a Master of Landscape Architecture from FH Anhalt, Germany; a Post-professional Certificate in GIS and Environment from Salford University, UK; and a Bachelor of Architecture from Faculty of Fine Arts, Egypt. Tamer has previously worked as landscape architect in Germany and Egypt, and as an environmental researcher at the Center for the Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage, Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

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Before joining the PhD program, between 2020 and 2021, he held the position of Director of Urbanism of the Ministry of Housing of Peru, where he led the development and passing into law of the 2021 National Urban Reform. Prior to this, Jose Carlos worked as an associate and senior associate at the Lima office of Baker McKenzie law firm. He has also served as legal advisor to the World Bank and to the Metropolitan Institute of Planning of Lima.

He has worked as professor of Property Law at the Catholic University Law School and has also taught seminars on urbanism at the schools of architecture of Catholic University and the National University of Engineering in Lima, Peru.

Jose Carlos holds a Master in Urban Planning from Harvard University and is also a licensed lawyer graduated from the School of Law of Catholic University of Peru.

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Morgan holds an MPhil in Architecture and Urban Studies with distinction from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in International Politics and Security Studies from Georgetown University. Formerly a journalist and editor, her work has appeared in The Nation, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Mic, Popular Mechanics, Ploughshares, and Smart Cities Dive.

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Charlie holds a Master in Design Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a B.A. in Art History and English from Williams College. Prior to earning his Masters degree, Charlie worked as a strategist at the New York design consultancy 2×4 before joining the GSD’s Office for Urbanization (OFU). There, he contributed to design research projects on mass transit, climate change adaptation, and new town planning. With Charles Waldheim and OFU, Charlie co-authored 50 Species-Towns , a 2022 publication that presents a speculative approach to rural urbanization in China. He also produces the GSD’s Future of the American City conversation series. Charlie lives in Somerville, MA with his wife Catherine and son Paul.

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His recent publications include a paper (with Neil Brenner) on the relationship between processes of extended urbanization, neoliberal agro-industrial restructuring, and the political ecologies of emergent infectious disease; an essay on work and the labor process in the global construction industry; and a paper (with Ayan Meer) on the conceptual convergences between critical agrarian studies and urban theoretical scholarship on planetary urbanization. His broader interests include geographical political economy, political ecology, critical urban theory, state theory, and the historical geography of capitalism from the nineteenth century to the present.

Swarnabh is a Research Affiliate at the Urban Theory Lab, formerly based at the GSD, currently based in the Division of Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. His research has been supported by the Harvard GSAS Graduate Society, the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative, the Weatherhead Center, and the IJURR Foundation. His work has appeared in Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space, Dialogues in Human Geography, Urban Studies, and The Avery Review, among other publications.

Swarnabh holds a Master of Philosophy in Urban Studies (with distinction) from the University of Cambridge where he studied as a Bass Scholar and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. Before coming to Harvard, he worked for several years at Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York City where he was involved in projects spanning art, media, and architecture.

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Hannah holds a Master of Arts with distinction in the Archaeology of Buildings from the University of York and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Williams College. Before her PhD, she was a resident fellow at the Preservation Society of Newport County, where she researched patron-architect relationships in late-19 th century America. She also previously worked as a consultant for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations across the U.S. Her dissertation research has been supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, the Renaissance Society of America, the Yale Center for British Art, and the North American Conference on British Studies. She is currently the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts.

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She holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture Engineering from The University of Jordan, where she was awarded the Issa Hassan Abu Al Ragheb Award for Academic Excellence. She also holds a Master of Arts in Architectural History with distinction from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Her master’s thesis focused on the architect’s agency and the politics of knowledge in the “digital generative architecture” discourse.

She has worked as a visiting lecturer at Al-Zaytoonah University in Jordan, where she taught a class on the theories and applications of Building Information Modeling (BIM). She was also a research consultant at Studio-X Amman, run by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and the Columbia Global Centers, where her research focused on the history of urban planning in the city of Amman and the different digital technologies used in mapping the urban change and their influence on the ways the city has been represented and narrated. In 2019, Hanan participated in the Global Modernism curatorial research residency at the Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau, Germany, and edited Handle with Care: Unpacking a Bulky Table, an anthology that looks at a table designed by Marcel Breuer as a case study, investigating the incorporation of everyday objects into the design canons. Hanan’s doctoral research has been supported by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, The Weatherhead Center, and The Charles Babbage Institute. In 2022, she was named ACADIA (The Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture) inaugural cultural history fellow.

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Photo credit: Portrait by Enrique R. Aguilar for MENTES vol. 2, 2022.

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Gabriel was Assistant Curator for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia 2021. Past curated exhibitions include “Walls of Air” (the Brazilian Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale) and “Housing+” (the 3rd Biennial Exhibit of the MIT L. Center for Advanced Urbanism). His recent books include: The World as an Architectural Project (MIT Press, 2020); 8 Reactions for Afterwards (RioBooks, 2019); and Walls of Air: Brazilian Pavilion 2018 (Bienal de São Paulo, 2018).

Graduated from the Master of Science in Urban Design program at MIT, Gabriel has held research positions at the School of Architecture and Planning, the Leventhal Center for Advanced Urbanism and the Senseable City Lab, and taught graduate-level seminars, workshops and studios at the same school.

For his PhD at Harvard, Gabriel is looking at the history of urbanization in the Amazon basin. His research interest suggests that the way politics and power got spatialized in that region has defined the framework through which we conceive of and relate to the Amazon, and that a new reading of it can, in turn, inform the way we understand and address broader urbanization processes as well as the responses from our design disciplines.

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Anny has a background and strong interest in archives, knowledge infrastructures, and material history. Her professional experience includes work in special collections libraries, including Frances Loeb Library’s Special Collections and Houghton Library, where she supported their exhibitions, communications, and public programs. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked on communications and publications at Snøhetta, and has been a writer and editor at various architecture and landscape architecture firms for over 6 years. She has been an invited speaker in courses at the Syracuse University School of Architecture, Yale School of Architecture, Harvard GSD, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and has edited and been published in publications including the New York Review of Architecture , Failed Architecture , POOL , Constructs , and volume 1 . She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University.

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Sunghwan earned his Master in Design Studies (MDes) degree in Energy and Environment from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2021. He received the Dean’s Merit Scholarship during his study and his master’s thesis, entitled Controlling Wind Pressure around Building by Multiangle Ventilation Louver for Higher Natural Ventilation Potential , was awarded to Daniel L. Schodek Award for Technology and Sustainability.

Before joining the Harvard community, Sunghwan double majored in Interior Architecture & Built Environment and Architecture & Architectural Engineering at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Sunghwan worked as a construction engineer at Samsung Construction and Trading company for six years. His invaluable experiences with building an airport in Mongolia and constructing a residential complex in Seoul profoundly shaped his research ideas and motivated him to contribute to the field of architecture.

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In his dissertation, Adam researches the mid-twentieth century entanglement of wartime policies, government agencies, private sector collaborations, and mass media technologies that led to the production of military “mock villages.” Constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers in collaboration with architects, landscape architects, and Hollywood scenographers, mock villages were—and remain—elaborate stage sets where the US military rehearses combat operations before conducting them in actual theaters of war. His dissertation focuses on the Pacific Theater and especially the western United States where, in the 1940s, mock villages emerged as a key military technology in the war between the US and Japan. A goal of this research is to demonstrate how the invention of a novel form of architecture—the military mock village—coincided with the production of new forms of violence and destruction that persist today. In addition to the Safra Center, his project has been supported by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, the Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Graham Foundation.

Before coming to Harvard, Adam practiced for nearly a decade in several design offices including Olson Kundig Architects, Allied Works Architecture, and Snøhetta, where he was the director of post-occupancy research. His writing can be found in Thresholds , The Avery Review , and Log, among others.

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Sarah holds both a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, where the focus of her research was conflict between the collective desire to memorialize and the protective impulse to stigmatize, sanitize, or obliterate sites with traumatic or violent associations.

Prior to her enrollment at Harvard, Sarah was a public historian for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission where she wrote about lesser-known episodes in New York City’s past: female reformers’ creation of the first purpose-built kindergarten in Brooklyn, the adaptation of Civil War-era manufactories by Abstract Expressionist artists for use as studios, and Redemption-era racism through the lens of Tin Pan Alley’s 1890s-1910s popular music businesses.

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Before joining the Ph.D. program, Miranda taught advanced studio courses as a Visiting Professor of Practice at Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture. At Virginia Tech she also developed a course on social mapping and GIS with a regional focus in Appalachia, which received support and recognition from other departments at the university and won the ACSA / Temple Hoyne Buell Center’s 2023 Course Development Prize in Architecture, Climate Change, and Society.

Before teaching, she worked as an architect at RODE Architects in Boston, MA on the largest supportive housing project north of New York City, as well as flood-resilient, Passive House, and community-oriented projects. She has also worked at firms in Boston and New York specializing in affordable housing, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse.

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Caroline Filice Smith is doctoral candidate in Urban Planning and the ‘22-‘23 Democracy Doctoral Fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School. Their work focuses on racialized histories of urban design across the US and its empire, histories of activist planner-architects, and reparative and abolitionist models of urban design. Caroline’s dissertation project explores the emergence of “participatory planning” in the mid-twentieth century. Through a focus on federally funded—yet activist led—community action programs in the US, Caroline’s research examines how the Black Power movement, the War on Poverty, and models of community development originally designed to quell insurgency abroad, intersected to form the foundation of a now central paradigm of US urban planning practice. This work touches on issues of democratic social engineering, cold war imperialism, 20 th  century anti-racist urban uprisings, and struggles for self-determination across the US.

In addition to their dissertation, Caroline teaches and conducts research as part of the  Urban Design and the Color Line  project and has recently completed an anti-racist planning toolkit with the Highline Network and the Urban Institute ( link ), and a report for the Architectural League of NY on landscape and community-led, post-coal futures for Appalachia.  They are a Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative doctoral fellow, having previously served as an Irving Innovation Fellow, and their work has been funded by the Graham Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Warren Center for American Studies, the Canadian Center for Architecture, and the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative. Caroline holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from the GSD, where they were awarded both the Thesis Prize and Academic Excellence Award in Urban Design – additionally, Caroline holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech. Prior to coming to Harvard, Caroline spent five years in professional architectural practice – most of which was spent working for UNStudio in their Shanghai office, and less of which was spent practicing in Los Angeles where they were actively involved in the Occupy movement.

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Prior to doctoral studies, Sam worked in urban science-policy engagement for a Sustainability Research Network supported by the US National Science Foundation and as a research associate with the global cities research team at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Professionally, he has contributed to reports commissioned by UN Environment, the World Bank, and NATO. His scholarly work has been published in  Global Environmental Change .

Sam holds master’s degrees in urban planning and Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Tulane University.

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Eldra has presented work at conferences organized by the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, the European Architectural History Network, and the Première Université d’été de programme STARACO (STAtus, RAce, et COuleur) at the University of Nantes.

Currently, she is a lecturer and principal advisor to the MDesign Historic Preservation Program for the Department of Architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Additionally, she was the Nettie Seabrooks Graduate Curatorial Intern in European Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where she assisted museum curators with an upcoming exhibition entitled “Color of Faith.” Eldra has taught courses at the GSD in Western Architectural history and theory, from the Renaissance to the present. Before coming to Harvard, Eldra was an architectural design reviewer in the District of Columbia Office of Planning. Eldra has an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from Morgan State University.

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Angela Wheeler is a sixth-year PhD candidate and graduate associate at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. Her dissertation examines historic neighborhood conservation in the postwar Soviet Union and its development as an urban planning tool, site of transnational exchange, and arena for local identity politics. She is broadly interested in the history of heritage conservation movements, experimental and activist approaches to heritage, and the role of preservation pedagogy in design curricula.

After working with the International Council of Monuments and Sites as a Fulbright grantee in Tbilisi and conducting HUD surveys of Hawaii public housing, she completed an MSc in Historic Preservation at Columbia University. Her thesis, Socialist in Form, National in Content , investigated official attempts to reconcile historic preservation and postmodern aesthetics with Soviet ideology in the Brezhnev era.

Angela’s recent projects include a Graham Foundation grant for “Indigenous Outsiders: Endangered Islamic Heritage in the Republic of Georgia,” an exhibition and publication documenting the wooden mosques of Georgia’s Adjaran Muslim community. Her chapter on mosques of Russia and the Caucasus appeared in Rizzoli’s Mosques: Splendors of Islam (2017) and her book, the Tbilisi volume for DOM’s Architectural Guides series (2023), offers the first comprehensive English-language guide to the city since glasnost. Angela has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on architecture and urban history at Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Ziwei holds a Master in Landscape Architecture, a Master in Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape, Ecology from the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), and a Bachelor of Architecture from Southeast University, China. She has also experience as an urban designer for one year for Stoss Landscape Urbanism, where she participated in projects in China, the U.S., and the United Arab Emirates.

Improve Your Student Bio Writing with Our Expert Examples

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As a student, you may not realize the importance of having a well-written bio, but trust us, it can make all the difference in your academic and professional journey. In this blog, we will provide you with expert examples and tips on how to craft a compelling student bio that will enhance your personal brand and make you stand out from the crowd.

Common Mistakes to Avoid in Student Bio Writing:

As a student, your bio is an important tool for showcasing your academic achievements, skills, and experiences. It is often the first impression that potential employers, admissions committees, and scholarship providers will have of you. A well-written student bio can make a strong impact and set you apart from other applicants. However, many students make common mistakes when writing their bios, which can have a negative impact on their overall image. Identify Common Mistakes Made In Student Bio Writing:

Including irrelevant information:

One of the most common mistakes students make in their bios is including irrelevant information. This can include personal details, such as hobbies or favorite movies, that do not add any value to your bio. Remember, your bio should focus on your academic and professional achievements, not your personal interests.

Using generic language:

Another mistake students make is using generic language in their bios. This can make your bio sound boring and unoriginal. Avoid using cliches and instead, use specific and descriptive language to showcase your unique qualities and experiences.

Not proofreading:

Spelling and grammatical errors can make your bio appear unprofessional and careless. Always proofread your bio multiple times and have someone else read it as well to catch any mistakes you may have missed.

Writing in the third person:

While it may seem more formal, writing your bio in the third person can make it sound impersonal and detached. Instead, write in the first person to make your bio more engaging and personal.

Tips On How to Avoid These Mistakes:

Focus on relevant information: When writing your bio, make sure to only include information that is relevant to your academic and professional achievements. This will help keep your bio concise and focused.

Be specific and use descriptive language:

Avoid using generic language and instead, use specific and descriptive language to showcase your unique qualities and experiences. This will make your bio more interesting and memorable.

Proofread multiple times:

Always proofread your bio multiple times and have someone else read it as well to catch any errors. This will ensure your bio is error-free and professional.

Write in the first person:

Writing in the first person will make your bio more personal and engaging for the reader. It will also help them connect with you on a more personal level. By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure that your student bio is well-written and effective in showcasing your strengths and accomplishments.  

Elements of a Strong Student Bio:

As a student, your bio is an important tool for showcasing your academic and professional achievements. It is often the first impression that potential employers, scholarship committees, and academic advisors will have of you. Therefore, it is crucial to have a strong student bio that effectively highlights your skills, accomplishments, and goals.

Clear and Concise Introduction:

A strong student bio should begin with a clear and concise introduction that captures the reader’s attention. This introduction should include your name, your current academic status, and a brief overview of your interests and goals. Avoid using generic or cliché statements, and instead, focus on showcasing your unique qualities and passions. For example, “My name is Sarah and I am a junior majoring in Psychology. I am passionate about understanding human behavior and hope to pursue a career in counseling.”

Relevant Accomplishments:

One of the most important elements of a strong student bio is highlighting your relevant accomplishments. This can include academic achievements, extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and internships. Be sure to choose accomplishments that are relevant to your field of study or career goals. For example, if you are applying for a scholarship in the field of engineering, you may want to highlight your participation in a robotics club or your experience as a math tutor.

Professional Tone:

Your student bio should maintain a professional tone throughout. This means using proper grammar, punctuation, and avoiding slang or informal language. It is also important to use a positive and confident tone to showcase your strengths and accomplishments. Avoid using negative or self-deprecating language, as this can undermine your achievements. For example, instead of saying “I’m not the best at math,” you can say “I have a strong understanding of mathematical concepts and have consistently excelled in my math courses.”

Practical Tips for Writing an Engaging Student Bio:

When it comes to creating a student bio, many students struggle with finding the right balance between showcasing their accomplishments and personality while remaining concise and authentic. Your student bio is an important tool that can enhance your academic and professional image, so it’s crucial to put effort into crafting one that stands out.

Use a conversational tone and showcase your unique personality and interests:

Your student bio should reflect who you are as a person, not just your academic achievements. Use a conversational tone to make it more relatable and engaging for readers. Additionally, don’t be afraid to showcase your unique personality and interests. This will make your bio more memorable and help you stand out among other students.

Be concise and authentic:

It’s important to keep your student bio concise and to the point. Avoid using long, complicated sentences and stick to the key points that you want to highlight. Also, be authentic in your writing. Don’t try to sound overly professional or use big words just for the sake of it. Be true to yourself and let your personality shine through your bio.

Provide examples of your accomplishments and experiences:

Your student bio is a great opportunity to showcase your achievements and experiences. However, instead of simply listing them, try to provide examples that demonstrate your skills and abilities. This will make your bio more interesting and give readers a better understanding of who you are.

Use a creative format:

Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to the format of your student bio. Instead of the traditional paragraph format, you can use bullet points, a timeline, or even a short story to make your bio more creative and attention-grabbing. Just make sure it still remains concise and easy to read.

Incorporate humor (if appropriate):

If you have a good sense of humor, don’t be afraid to incorporate it into your bio. This can make your bio more entertaining and memorable for readers. However, make sure the humor is appropriate and doesn’t come across as unprofessional.  

Utilizing Keywords in Your Student Bio:

Your student bio is more than just a brief introduction of yourself; it is a powerful tool that can enhance your academic and professional image. In today’s digital age, having a strong online presence is crucial for students looking to stand out and attract potential opportunities. One effective way to improve your online presence is by utilizing keywords in your student bio. But what exactly are keywords and why are they important? Keywords are specific words or phrases that describe the main content or purpose of a web page. They are used by search engines to help users find relevant information. In the context of your student bio, keywords are the words or phrases that best represent your skills, achievements, and goals.

Bio Examples for Students

Do you feel intimidated when it comes to writing a bio as a student? It’s understandable – after all, you’re still growing your skills and may not have much professional experience yet. But don’t worry, creating an engaging bio doesn’t have to be a lengthy and detailed process.

In fact, a few short sentences can pack just as much punch. Check out these inspiring examples of student bios to get some ideas flowing.

For High School Students:

Meet John Smith – a talented high school senior with a passion for the written word. As the editor of his school’s newspaper, he fearlessly delves into the latest stories and issues. But that’s not all – John is also an avid reader and writer, always eager to explore new literary worlds and discover fresh perspectives.

His dedication to academic excellence has earned him a spot in the esteemed National Honor Society. With his curious spirit and unwavering drive, John is sure to make a meaningful impact wherever his literary journey takes him.

For College Students:

Meet Jane Doe, a dynamic junior at the prestigious University of California, Berkeley. Jane is a double major in economics and computer science, driven by her insatiable passion for solving the world’s toughest economic challenges.

She’s also a seasoned member of the college debate team, where she hones her critical thinking and communication skills. Whether it’s through her academic pursuits or extracurricular activities, Jane is constantly striving to make a positive impact on the world around her.

For Graduate Students:

Meet Adam Jones, a brilliant PhD student who is paving the way for a cleaner, more sustainable future through his groundbreaking research. Based in the esteemed Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington, Adam is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of energy storage through the development of innovative materials.

When he’s not in the lab, this accomplished young scientist can be found tinkling the ivories on his beloved piano or conquering the great outdoors with exhilarating hikes through the majestic mountains. Join us as we delve into the fascinating world of Adam Jones and discover the passion, curiosity and creativity that fuels his remarkable achievements.

For Professional Students:

Meet Mary Smith, a driven medical student who has set her sights on making a difference in the world through healthcare. With a burning passion for aiding others, she’s focused on specializing in family medicine to provide the best possible care for her patients. But her compassion doesn’t stop there – in her free time, Mary volunteers at a local hospital, where she selflessly gives back to underserved communities by offering essential healthcare services. Her commitment to helping others is truly inspiring.

Sample Bio Examples for Students

Whether you’re a student applying to universities or just starting out in your career, it’s important to have a Bio that’s reflective of you. Here are some sample bio examples to get you started.

Example 1-5:

1 . Sarah is a committed and motivated student actively pursuing a degree in journalism. Her passion for storytelling and uncovering new perspectives has not only led her to attain valuable experience through an internship at a local newspaper, but has also driven her to establish her own successful blog. In addition to her academic pursuits, Sarah enjoys spending her free time hiking in the mountains and playing guitar.

2. David is a curious student with a passion for learning about different cultures. He is fluent in four languages and has lived in three different countries during his teenage years. While completing his degree in international relations, David volunteers as a tutor for refugees and asylum seekers. In his free time, he likes to cook traditional dishes from around the world. 3. Emma is a creative artist who makes magic with her paintbrushes. Her art style draws inspiration from nature and whimsical elements. Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, Emma has been featured in several art exhibitions, and her artwork has been sold to collectors around the world. Outside the classroom, you can find her exploring museums and galleries. 4. Jonathan is a tech-savvy student with a fascination for coding. He is currently studying computer science and has already built his own mobile game app. Apart from coding, Jonathan enjoys exploring new technologies and experimenting with an Arduino in his spare time. He hopes to start his tech startup after graduation. 5. Rachel is a highly motivated student-athlete who demonstrates excellence both academically and athletically. As a standout midfielder on the varsity team, she has been recognized with multiple athletic scholarships. Additionally, Rachel is a distinguished straight-A student and distinguishes herself as the captain of the school’s debate team. During her leisure time, she enjoys engaging with intellectually stimulating materials such as books and documentaries.

Example 6-10:

6. Michael is a highly impressive and engaging student with a strong dedication to public speaking. His major of study is communication studies and he has achieved numerous national accolades for his exceptional persuasive speeches. Additionally, Michael is actively involved in theater productions and has displayed his talent for acting in several plays. Outside of his academic pursuits, he enjoys the cerebral challenge of playing chess and embarking on new travel adventures. 7. Emily is a caring and compassionate student who’s always there to lend a helping hand. She is pursuing a degree in nursing and volunteers at a children’s hospital every week. Emily is also a talented musician and plays the piano beautifully. In her free time, she likes to read classic novels and watch romantic comedies. 8. Jason is a brilliant student with a natural talent for mathematics. He is currently studying applied mathematics and has already published several research papers in academic journals. Jason is also a skilled pianist and has won several national competitions. Outside of class, he likes to play soccer and volunteer at a local soup kitchen. 9. Olivia is a creative writer with a vivid imagination. Pursuing a degree in English literature, Olivia has won several writing contests and published several short stories. Aside from her writing, Olivia enjoys painting and has recently started her own Etsy store selling her artwork. She loves spending time at the beach and collecting seashells. 10. Kevin is a highly committed and socially-aware student who is keen on creating a positive impact on the world. He is pursuing a degree in social work and has garnered extensive knowledge on social issues through his involvement with diverse non-profit organizations. Kevin dedicates his time to advocating for social justice, and he also volunteers at a homeless shelter in his free time. Additionally, he enjoys playing basketball as a recreational activity.

Example 10-15:

11. Lisa is a dedicated sophomore pursuing a degree in Zoology at XYZ University. She possesses a strong passion for conservation and has actively engaged with a local non-governmental organization for the last two years to aid in the protection of a wildlife reserve in the area. Lisa’s commitment to animal welfare is also evident through her volunteer work with the local Humane Society. As a member of the Student Environmental Action Coalition, she continues to champion environmental causes and spearhead efforts to protect the planet.

12. Emily holds a degree in History from XYZ University and has gained valuable experience as a research assistant over the course of the past year. She is proficient in working with both written and oral historical sources. In addition, Emily is an active member of the Student Environmental Action Coalition and is currently pursuing her master’s thesis on the historiography of environmentalism in Latin America.

13. John Smith is a third-year business major at XYZ University with a concentration in accounting. He is a member of the school’s accounting club and has completed internships at two top accounting firms. 14. Jane Doe is a senior English major at ABC College. She has been published in two literary magazines and was awarded a literary scholarship for her work. She hopes to pursue a career in publishing after graduation. 15. Michael Johnson is a sophomore biology major at LMN University. He spent his freshman year conducting research with a biology professor and presented his findings at a national conference.

Example 16-20:

16. Sarah Lee is a junior communications major at DEF College. She is the public relations coordinator for the student government association and has completed internships with several local media outlets. 17. David Williams is a senior psychology major at GHI University. He has volunteered for several mental health organizations and is passionate about advocating for individuals with mental illness. 18. Amanda Rodriguez is a third-year nursing student at JKL College. She has completed clinical rotations in pediatric and adult nursing and plans to become a pediatric nurse after graduation. 19. Ryan Chen is a senior computer science major at MNO University. He has designed and programmed several mobile apps and was awarded an internship at a major tech company. 20. Samantha Green is a sophomore marketing major at PQR College. She is the social media coordinator for the school’s marketing club and has completed a marketing internship at a fashion company.

Example 21-25:

21. Eric Davis is a proficient third-year architecture student who has gained valuable experience in designing community centers and residential buildings. He is an active member of the architecture club at STU University.

22. Lauren Baker is an accomplished junior art major at UVW College. Her artistic work has been showcased in a local gallery, and she has been recognized with a scholarship for her creative endeavors. She serves as the treasurer of the student art club.

23. Jared Patel is a capable senior finance major at XYZ University. He has completed internships at two major investment firms and has co-founded a personal finance blog.

24. Olivia Lee is a promising sophomore journalism major at ABC College. She has contributed to the school’s newspaper and is a part of the student.

25. Ethan Nguyen is a junior music major at LMN University. He has performed in several school concerts and hopes to become a music teacher after graduation.

Example 26 – 30:

26. Kristen Kim is a senior political science major at DEF College. She has interned for a state senator and is a member of the school’s political science club. 27. Mark Perez is a third-year engineering student at GHI University. He has completed design projects for a solar-powered car and a water filtration system, and is a member of the school’s engineering society. 28. Emily Sanchez is a sophomore education major at JKL College. She has volunteered at local schools and is passionate about promoting equitable access to education. 29. Jason Chen is an accomplished senior economics major at MNO University. He has demonstrated his expertise as a financial analyst for a nonprofit organization and has gained valuable experience through internships at major investment banks.

30. Rachel Kim is a dedicated third-year environmental science major at PQR College. She has conducted extensive research on the impact of pollution on marine life and is an active member of the school’s esteemed environmental club.

Example 31 – 35:

31. Andy Lee is a talented junior theater major at STU University. He has showcased his artistic talents in several notable school productions and aspires to pursue a successful career in acting upon graduation.

32. Christina Davis is a committed senior sociology major at UVW College. She has wholeheartedly devoted her time to volunteering for several.

33. Jane Smith is a senior at XYZ University majoring in Marketing. She is a proactive and innovative student with a passion for creativity and strategic thinking. Jane has completed multiple internships and projects in the field and is determined to establish herself as a successful marketer. 34. John Doe is a dedicated Biology major at ABC University. He has a keen interest in research and has already conducted several research projects in the field of ecology, biodiversity, and conservation. John has published his research findings in various scientific journals and aims to pursue a career in academia. 35. Mary Johnson is an Electrical Engineering major at LMN College. She has a strong background in coding and programming and has worked on numerous coding projects both on and off-campus. Mary aims to be at the forefront of technology advancement and is determined to contribute her skills to the development of cutting-edge technology.

Example 36 – 40:

36. William Brown is a Finance major at PQR University. He has a keen interest in financial analysis and has completed multiple internships in investment banking firms. William is determined to apply his knowledge and skills in the financial sector and contribute to the growth and success of companies. 37. Elizabeth Taylor is a Creative Writing major at XYZ College. She is an avid reader and writer with a passion for storytelling. Elizabeth has had her creative work published in various literary magazines and journals and aims to become a successful novelist. 38. David Park is an Industrial Design major at ABC University. He is a creative and innovative student with a passion for product design and consumer behavior. David has completed multiple design projects and internships and aims to create new and exciting products that improve people’s lives. 39. Sarah Lee is a Computer Science major at LMN College. She is a skilled programmer and has won several coding competitions both on and off-campus. Sarah aspires to create innovative and cutting-edge software solutions that help businesses run more efficiently.

40. Michael Nguyen is a Psychology major at PQR University. He has a strong background in research and has conducted several research projects in the field of cognitive psychology. Michael aims to pursue a career in academia and contribute to the development of scientific knowledge.

Example 41 – 50:

41. Emily Davis is a Graphic Design major at XYZ College. She is a creative and detail-oriented student with a passion for visual communication. Emily has worked on several design projects and internships and aims to create visually striking and effective branding solutions. 42. Jack Smith is a Mechanical Engineering major at ABC University. He is a skilled problem solver with a passion for innovative design solutions. Jack has completed several engineering projects and internships and aims to contribute to the development of cutting-edge technology that advances society. 43. Emma Chen is an Accounting major at LMN College. She has a keen eye for detail and a passion for numbers. Emma has completed multiple accounting internships and projects and aims to become a successful CPA. 44. James Nguyen is a Biology major at PQR University. He is a dedicated student with a strong interest in genetics and biotechnology. James has conducted multiple research projects and aims to pursue a career in genetic engineering. 45. Ashley Garcia is an Architecture major at XYZ College. She is a creative and detail-oriented student with a passion for sustainable design. Ashley has completed several architecture projects and internships and aims to create innovative and Eco-friendly spaces. 46. Alex Brown is a Political Science major at ABC University. He is a critical thinker with a passion for studying government and public policy. Alex has completed multiple political internships and aims to pursue a career in public service. 47. Rachel Lee is a Nutrition and Dietetics major at LMN College. She is a passionate and knowledgeable student with a strong interest in healthy eating habits. Rachel has completed multiple nutrition projects and internships and aims to become a successful registered dietitian. 48. Tyler Davis is a Civil Engineering major at PQR University. He is a skilled problem solver with a passion for infrastructure design. Tyler has completed multiple civil engineering projects and internships and aims to contribute to the development of sustainable infrastructure. 49. Samantha Nguyen is an Environmental Science major at XYZ College. She is a creative and detail-oriented student with a passion for environmental conservation. Samantha has completed several environmental projects and internships and aims to create innovative and sustainable solutions for environmental issues. 50. John Kim is a Philosophy major at ABC University. He is a critical thinker with a passion for studying morality and ethics. John has completed multiple philosophy projects and aims to pursue a career in academia.

Crafting a bio that perfectly showcases your unique set of skills, interests, and experiences can be a daunting task. But fret not, as with these expert examples, you can easily create a bio that not only highlights your accomplishments but also captivates your audience. From detailing the awards and honors you’ve earned to highlighting the clubs and organizations you’re a part of, every aspect of your life deserves to be beautifully depicted in your bio. So, let’s dive in and learn how to make your bio a true masterpiece. Crafting a compelling bio can make all the difference in landing your dream job or making a lasting impression. To create a standout bio, your focus should be on highlighting your most impressive accomplishments, awards, and experiences that are relevant to the job you’re applying for.

Make sure to include any pertinent job titles, internships, and volunteer positions you’ve held, and then narrow your list down to the most impactful information. Captivate your audience with a concise, professional narrative that showcases your unique talents and sets you apart from the crowd.

Writing a compelling bio is a key step in presenting yourself to the world. While there are a few essential rules to follow, the beauty is in how you paint your picture. Start by putting your name and contact information front and center, so potential contacts can easily get in touch.

Then, capture their attention with a snappy paragraph (or two) that showcases your unique background, skills, and accomplishments. Think of it as a snapshot of who you are and what you can bring to the table. As you wrap up, don’t forget to sprinkle in those little extras that make you stand out, like your areas of expertise or fluency in different languages.

Why Writing Bio Examples for Students?

Crafting a compelling bio can be a daunting task for students. It’s a crucial element of their professional development, but where do they even begin? That’s where bio examples come in. Offering inspiring examples of bios can help students grasp the essential components, while providing a creative spark to craft their own unique story. With engaging bio examples, students can confidently present themselves to potential employers or clients, standing out in a sea of applicants. Let’s unlock the power of bio writing and unleash the potential of our future leaders.

Crafting a compelling bio can be a challenging task, but it’s essential to showcase your authenticity and unique traits. Your bio should reveal your educational background, work experience, and career aspirations while exhibiting your personality. As an educator, you can guide students by offering them bio examples that will inspire them to unleash their creativity and write their own compelling story. By sharing your expertise, you can empower them to express themselves confidently and make a lasting impression.

Tips for Writing Bio Examples for Students :

Crafting a compelling bio example can be the key to unlocking exciting career opportunities. However, it can be a daunting task to create a bio that not only showcases your accomplishments but also captivates your audience. We’ve got you covered with some expert tips to help you craft a bio example that will inspire and leave a lasting impression on your target audience, whether you’re a student or seasoned professional. So, let’s dive in and get started!

1. Start with a strong opener. Capture your reader’s attention with a powerful opener that captures your unique selling proposition (USP). For example; if you’re a writer, start by telling the reader what you’re good at. If you’re a teacher, start by telling the reader what you’re passionate about.

2. Write about your experience. Start by telling the reader about your experience and how it has helped you. Share examples of what you’ve written, what you’ve done, and what you know.

3. Are you tired of reading boring and impersonal content? Then it’s time to get personal! Share your unique story and let your readers get to know the real you. Talk about the people and things that light up your life, as well as those that get under your skin.

With anecdotes that are both relatable and entertaining, your readers will feel like they’re chatting with an old friend. So go ahead, open up and let your personality shine through in your writing!

4. When it comes to writing, examples can be the key to truly engaging your reader. Don’t hold back – including relevant and illustrative examples can demonstrate your skill and expertise in a way that mere words can’t match.

By weaving in concrete examples, you can show your reader that you’re not just talking the talk, but walking the writing walk. So don’t shy away from including examples – they can be the secret weapon in your writing arsenal.

5. End with a call to action. Share a motivation or a challenge for the reader. For example, tell the reader what you want them to do next.

Crafting a captivating bio can be daunting, but fear not! With these expert tips, your bio is guaranteed to captivate and inspire your students. Say goodbye to blending in with the rest and hello to making a lasting impression.

How to Write a Great Bio for Students ?

Whether you’re applying to colleges, scholarships, or just want to make a good first impression, you’ll want to write a great bio. A bio is the first impression your reader will have of you and it can make or break your application. There are a few things you should keep in mind when writing your bio: – Make sure your language is easy to read. – Use active and positive verbs. – Be concise. – Use a standard font and typeface.

Here are some tips on how to write a great bio example for students:

-Use your school’s name and the year you graduated in your bio. – State your major and any honors or awards you’ve received. – Write about something you’re passionate about and why it’s important to you. – Include your goals for the future and how you plan to achieve them. – Let your personality shine through. – Use action verbs and include a photo.

Importance of Using Keywords in Your Student Bio:

When it comes to online platforms and search engines, using keywords in your student bio can significantly improve your visibility and make your bio more discoverable to potential opportunities. By incorporating relevant keywords, you increase your chances of appearing in search results when someone is looking for a student with your specific skills and experiences. Moreover, using keywords in your bio can also showcase your expertise and highlight your unique qualities. It helps you stand out from other students and gives potential opportunities a better understanding of your strengths and interests.

Tips on Identifying and Incorporating Relevant Keywords:

Start with a brainstorming session:.

Take some time to think about your skills, experiences, and achievements. Make a list of words or phrases that best describe these qualities. This can include your major, academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and career goals.

Research relevant keywords:

Once you have a list of potential keywords, do some research to see which ones are commonly used in your field or industry. You can also use tools like Google Keyword Planner or SEMrush to find popular and relevant keywords.

Use long-tail keywords:

Long-tail keywords are longer and more specific phrases that have a lower search volume but a higher chance of ranking in search results. For example, instead of using “marketing” as a keyword, try using “digital marketing intern with social media experience.”

Incorporate keywords naturally:

While it’s essential to include keywords in your bio, make sure they are incorporated naturally and do not sound forced. Your bio should still read smoothly and reflect your authentic voice.

How Using Keywords Can Improve Your Online Presence:

Using keywords in your student bio can have several benefits for your online presence. Firstly, it can help you rank higher in search results, making it easier for potential opportunities to find you. This can include internship or job opportunities, networking connections, or even potential collaborations. Secondly, incorporating keywords can also improve the overall quality and relevance of your bio. By using specific keywords, you are providing a clear and concise description of your skills and experiences, making it easier for readers to understand your profile. Lastly, utilizing keywords in your bio can also help you establish yourself as an expert in your field. By using relevant keywords, you are showcasing your knowledge and expertise, making you more attractive to potential opportunities.  

Tips for Keeping Your Student Bio Relevant and Up-to-Date:

Add new achievements:.

As you continue your academic journey, you will achieve new accomplishments that should be reflected in your student bio. These can include awards, scholarships, publications, presentations, and more. Make sure to add these to your bio to showcase your progress and success.

Remove Outdated Information:

It is important to regularly review your student bio and remove any outdated information. This can include old experiences or achievements that are no longer relevant. Keeping your bio concise and up-to-date will make it more effective in showcasing your current skills and experiences.

Include Relevant Skills:

As you gain new skills through coursework, internships, or extracurricular activities, make sure to include them in your bio. This will demonstrate your diverse skill set and make you stand out to potential employers or academic programs.

Update Your Profile Picture:

Your profile picture is often the first thing people see when they visit your bio. Make sure to update it regularly to reflect your current appearance and professionalism.

Benefits of a Well-Maintained Student Bio:

A well-maintained student bio can greatly benefit your academic and professional growth. It serves as a powerful marketing tool that can help you stand out among your peers. A strong bio can also increase your chances of being selected for opportunities such as scholarships, internships, or job interviews. Furthermore, a well-maintained student bio can showcase your progress and development. As you update it regularly, you can see how far you have come and the goals you have achieved. This can serve as motivation to continue striving for success. In addition, a well-maintained student bio can also improve your online presence. Many academic and professional opportunities now require a digital presence, and your bio is often the first thing that appears when someone searches for you. Keeping it updated and relevant can help you make a positive impression and stand out in a competitive market.


In conclusion, a strong student bio is a valuable tool that can help you achieve your academic and professional goals. We hope this blog has provided you with the necessary knowledge and examples to improve your own bio. Remember, your bio is a reflection of who you are, so take the time to craft it carefully and make it stand out. Thank you for reading and best of luck in your future endeavors!

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Biography Examples for Students: A Helpful Guide

Crafting a biography as a student can be a daunting task, requiring a delicate balance between sharing personal information and maintaining a professional tone. In this comprehensive guide, students will find a wealth of biography examples to serve as inspiration and guidance in developing their own unique narratives.

From academic achievements to extracurricular activities, a well-rounded student biography can showcase a student's skills and aspirations effectively. Examples of student biographies can provide valuable insights into the structure , tone , and content expected, offering a roadmap for creating a compelling self-portrait.

Whether for a school project, a college application, or a personal portfolio, having access to well-crafted biography examples can be instrumental in empowering students to present themselves authentically and persuasively. By studying different approaches and styles in these examples, students can tailor their biographies to resonate with their intended audience and achieve their desired objectives.## Top 10 Biography Examples for Students

Biographies offer insight into the lives of remarkable individuals, serving as a source of inspiration for students. Here are 10 remarkable biography examples that can captivate and motivate students:

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank - Provides a poignant account of a young girl's experiences during the Holocaust.

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson - Chronicles the visionary journey of Apple's co-founder, showcasing his creativity and innovation.

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai - Tells the courageous story of a young advocate for girls' education and her fight against Taliban oppression.

The Story of My Life by Helen Keller - Inspires with the incredible tale of overcoming deaf-blindness to become a renowned author and activist.

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela - Portrays the struggles and triumphs of the South African leader in the fight against apartheid.

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl - Offers a first-hand account of a Jewish girl's life during World War II.

Malala: My Story of Standing Up for Girls' Rights - Chronicles Malala Yousafzai's advocacy for education and the challenges she faced.

Albert Einstein: His Life and Universe - Explores the life and achievements of the renowned physicist, shedding light on his groundbreaking theories.

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different - Provides insights into the visionary mind of the Apple co-founder and his impact on technology.

Becoming by Michelle Obama - Delves into the life of the former First Lady of the United States, sharing her journey from a girl in Chicago to a global icon.

These biography examples offer a diverse range of experiences and achievements, making them valuable sources of learning and inspiration for students seeking to understand the lives of exceptional individuals.

Key Components to Include in a Student Biography

When crafting a student biography, key components should be carefully considered to paint a clear picture of the individual's background, achievements, and aspirations. Here are essential elements to include in a comprehensive student biography:

Introduction : Begin with the student's name and introduce who they are in a concise and engaging manner.

Background : Provide details about the student's background, such as their hometown, family, and any influential experiences that have shaped their journey.

Education : Highlight the student's academic pursuits, including their current education level, major or focus of study, academic achievements, and extracurricular activities related to their educational path.

Achievements : Showcase any notable accomplishments, awards, scholarships, or projects the student has undertaken to demonstrate their skills and dedication.

Skills and Interests : List the student's skills and hobbies, showcasing a well-rounded profile beyond academics. This can include languages spoken, technical abilities, artistic talents, or sports interests.

Career Goals : Discuss the student's career aspirations and goals, emphasizing their ambitions for the future and how their current endeavors align with their long-term plans.

Passions and Values : Share insights into the student's passions, beliefs, and values, offering a glimpse into their personality and what drives them.

Overall, a student biography serves as a powerful tool to present a well-rounded view of the individual, showcasing their unique qualities, accomplishments, and aspirations. By including these key components, a student can effectively communicate their story and make a lasting impression on readers.

How to Make a Student Biography Stand Out

When crafting a student biography, it's essential to highlight unique experiences and achievements that set you apart from the crowd. By following these tips, you can create a compelling biography that grabs attention:

1. Start with a Strong Opening

  • Capture the reader's interest from the very beginning with a captivating opening sentence.
  • Consider starting with a personal anecdote or a powerful quote to make a memorable impression.

2. Showcase Key Achievements and Skills

  • Highlight academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities, and any relevant work experience.

3. Keep It Concise and Relevant

  • Focus on key details that showcase your personality, interests, and goals.
  • Aim to keep the biography brief and to the point , emphasizing quality over quantity.

4. Inject Some Personality

  • Let your unique voice shine through in your writing to make your biography more engaging.
  • Avoid using clichés and instead opt for authentic and original descriptions.

5. Include Future Aspirations

  • Share your academic and career goals to give the reader insight into your ambitions.
  • Express your enthusiasm for your chosen field of study or future profession.

6. Proofread and Edit

  • Ensure your biography is free of spelling and grammar errors to convey professionalism.
  • Consider asking a teacher or mentor to review your biography for feedback and suggestions .

By following these guidelines, students can create a compelling and memorable biography that effectively showcases their unique qualities and aspirations. Remember, a well-crafted student biography can be a powerful tool in leaving a lasting impression on peers, educators, and potential employers.

Inspirational Student Biography Samples

Writing a student biography can be challenging , but having some inspirational samples to refer to can provide guidance and encouragement . Here are a few student biography examples that showcase different strengths and achievements :

Sarah Johnson : She is a 15-year-old student who excelled in both academics and athletics . Despite facing personal challenges , she maintained a positive attitude and dedication towards her studies and sports .

Alex Martinez : A creative student with a passion for art and design . His innovative approach to projects earned him recognition at local art exhibitions and school competitions .

Emily Wong : An aspiring scientist who conducted a research project on environmental conservation . Her findings were published in a scientific journal and she was invited to present at a national conference .

These biography examples emphasize the unique talents and determination of each student, serving as inspiration for others looking to craft their own story . By showcasing diverse experiences and accomplishments , these student biographies highlight the importance of resilience , passion , and hard work in pursuit of academic and personal goals .

In conclusion, students can draw motivation and insight from these biography samples to shape their own narrative and strive for success in their educational journey .

Utilizing Student Bio Templates Effectively

When it comes to crafting a compelling student bio, using templates can be a game-changer. Student bio templates provide a structured format that helps students showcase their achievements, skills, and personality in a clear and concise manner. Here are some effective ways to make the most out of student bio templates:

Organization is Key

  • Use section headers to divide the bio into key areas such as education, experience, skills, and interests.
  • Arrange information in a logical order to make it easy for readers to navigate.

Customize to Stand Out

  • Personalize the template by adding unique details that reflect the student's individuality.
  • Highlight achievements and awards to grab the reader's attention.

Keep it Concise

  • Avoid lengthy paragraphs and aim for succinct sentences that convey information efficiently.
  • Focus on relevance by including details that align with the purpose of the bio.

Maintain Professionalism

  • Use a formal tone and professional language to create a polished impression.
  • Proofread the bio carefully to eliminate any spelling or grammatical errors.

Utilize Formatting Tools

  • Bold important information to make it stand out.
  • Utilize bullet points for listing skills, achievements, and interests in a clear and organized manner.

By following these guidelines, students can effectively utilize bio templates to create impactful narratives that resonate with their audience.Remember, the key is to tailor the template to reflect the individuality and achievements of the student, making their bio a compelling read for any reader.

Crafting a Compelling Personal Bio

Crafting a compelling personal bio is crucial for students aiming to make a lasting impression. Here are some key tips to help students create a professional and engaging biography:

Start with a Strong Introduction : Begin the bio with a captivating opening sentence that highlights the individual's unique qualities or accomplishments.

Highlight Key Achievements : Showcase notable achievements, skills, and experiences that set the student apart from others. Keep it concise but impactful.

Include Personal Interests : Adding a personal touch by mentioning hobbies or interests can make the bio more relatable and memorable.

Maintain a Professional Tone : Ensure the bio remains professional in tone and language, reflecting the student's maturity and readiness for future opportunities.

Use Keywords Strategically : Incorporate relevant keywords related to the student's field of study or interests to enhance search visibility and attract the right audience.

End with a Call to Action : Conclude the bio with a clear call to action, such as inviting readers to connect on professional platforms or learn more about the student's work.

In a world where first impressions matter, a well-crafted personal bio can leave a lasting impact on educators, peers, and potential employers. By following these guidelines and infusing personality into their bios, students can effectively showcase their unique qualities and accomplishments with confidence and professionalism.

Dos and Don'ts for Writing Student Biographies

When it comes to crafting engaging student biographies, there are specific Dos and Don'ts that can make a significant difference in the quality and effectiveness of the final piece. Here are some essential tips to keep in mind:

  • Do Include Relevant Information: Focus on including information that is relevant to the purpose of the biography. Highlight academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and personal interests that showcase the student's unique personality.
  • Do Use a Professional Tone: Maintain a professional tone throughout the biography. Use clear and concise language to convey the student's accomplishments and aspirations effectively.


  • Don't Include Irrelevant Details: Avoid including irrelevant or unnecessary details that do not contribute to the overall narrative of the biography. Stay focused on highlighting key achievements and experiences.
  • Don't Exaggerate Accomplishments: While it's essential to showcase accomplishments, it's crucial not to exaggerate or falsify information. Stick to the facts and present them in a compelling manner.

Remember, a well-crafted student biography can make a lasting impression on readers, whether they are potential employers, college admissions officers, or scholarship committees. By following these Dos and Don'ts, students can create compelling biographies that effectively showcase their strengths and aspirations in a concise and professional manner.

Student Biography Mistakes to Avoid

When crafting a student biography, avoiding common mistakes is crucial to creating a compelling and professional narrative. Here are some key mistakes to steer clear of :

Overloading with irrelevant details : Students should focus on relevant information that highlights their accomplishments and aspirations. Avoid including excessive personal details that do not add value to the biography.

Exaggerating achievements : While it's important to showcase accomplishments, inflating or misrepresenting achievements can damage credibility. It's essential to be truthful and authentic in the biography.

Neglecting proofreading : Grammatical errors or typos can detract from the overall quality of a student biography. Proofreading is crucial to ensure that the biography is polished and error-free.

Lacking storytelling elements : A compelling narrative can captivate readers and make the biography more engaging. Students should weave a story that showcases their journey, challenges overcome, and goals for the future.

Ignoring the target audience : Students should tailor their biography to suit the intended audience . Whether it's a college application, internship opportunity, or networking event, the biography should be relevant and appealing to the specific audience.

Being overly formal or informal : Finding the right tone is essential. A student biography should strike a balance between professionalism and personality to leave a lasting impression.

In a competitive academic and professional landscape, avoiding these common mistakes can help students stand out and leave a positive impact with their biography. By crafting a well-written and engaging narrative that highlights their achievements and aspirations authentically, students can create a compelling biography that sets them apart.

Showcasing Achievements in a Student Biography

When it comes to showcasing achievements in a student biography, clarity and conciseness are key. By effectively highlighting accomplishments, a student can leave a lasting impression on readers. Here are some valuable tips to craft this section effectively:

1. Prioritize Relevant Achievements : Focus on achievements that are relevant to the student's goals or the context in which the biography will be presented. Highlight academic accomplishments, leadership roles, extracurricular activities, and community involvement.

2. Quantify Accomplishments : Where possible, quantify achievements with specific numbers or data. For instance, mention being in the top percentile of a class, winning a certain number of awards, or leading a successful project that resulted in a measurable outcome.

3. Use Bullet Points : Organize achievements in a clear and structured manner using bullet points. This format makes it easy for readers to scan through and grasp the student's key accomplishments quickly.

4. Include Testimonials or Recognition : If the student has received any testimonials, awards, or special recognition for their achievements, be sure to include them. Testimonials add credibility and provide a third-party perspective on the student's abilities.

5. Highlight Growth and Development : Apart from academic or extracurricular achievements, consider showcasing instances where the student demonstrated personal growth or overcame challenges. This humanizes the biography and adds depth to the student's narrative.

In summary, the Showcasing Achievements section of a student biography is a critical component that allows the reader to gain a comprehensive understanding of the student's capabilities and accomplishments. By presenting achievements in a structured, quantifiable, and relevant manner, the student can make a strong, memorable impression on those who read their biography.

Conclusion: Mastering the Art of Student Biographies

Crafting a captivating student biography is a skill that can open numerous doors for young individuals. By implementing the strategies and examples outlined in this guide, one can compose a compelling narrative that showcases their achievements, aspirations, and unique qualities. Here are some key takeaways to help you master the art of writing a captivating student biography:

Highlight Accomplishments : Emphasize academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and any notable awards or honors.

Showcase Personality : Share personal interests, hobbies, and values to give readers a glimpse into who you are beyond academics.

Structure Matters : Organize your biographical details in a clear and coherent manner, starting with a brief introduction and moving on to key points in a logical sequence.

Tailor to Audience : Consider the purpose of your biography and adapt the content accordingly, whether it's for a college application, internship, or personal website.

Edit and Proofread : Ensure your biography is free of grammatical errors, typos, and inconsistencies by thoroughly reviewing and revising the content.

By following these guidelines, students can create impactful biographies that make a lasting impression on readers. Remember, your student biography is an opportunity to tell your story and illustrate your potential to those who come across it. Mastering this art can be a valuable skill that sets you apart in various academic and professional settings. Embrace the process of self-reflection and storytelling to create a biography that truly represents who you are and what you aspire to achieve.

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How to Write an Academic Bio for Conferences

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There are very few things as challenging as writing academic biographies (perhaps academic writing?). It seems simple, but things soon get awkward as you try to show how amazing you are without sounding arrogation or pretentious. Sophie shares her tips on writing a balanced bio…

It’s all going swimmingly until you read the Call for Papers: Please submit a proposal and brief bio.

What on earth is a bio (otherwise known as an ‘academic bio’)? And just how brief does it need to be? Writing an academic bio is a skill you can pick up like any other, and this article will take you through the basics of what to include, what to leave out, and how to craft this tricky piece of your academic arsenal.

Covering the Basics

Whatever discipline you’re working in, you’ll definitely need to include the following in your academic bio:

  •  full name,
  • position (i.e. PhD student; PhD candidate),
  • institution.

All this should go into the first sentence, so it reads something like this:

Joe Bloggs is currently a PhD candidate [meaning he’s passed his upgrade] at the University of Warwick.

You can also mention your department, although it’s not strictly necessary for most of us.

The Big Picture

The rest of your academic bio should tell the reader about your research interests. Start by setting out your broad research question , whether that’s finding new ways to create Omega 3 in algae cultures or exploring fashion statements at Charles II’s court. Then focus it further; are you looking at a specific type of algae culture, or a particular poet who was into fashion? This is the most important part of your bio: it tells other people attending the conference where you’re coming from, and may present links between your research areas.


You can end your bio here, or add another sentence situating your research within wider scholarship. Is it important to reference your specific style of criticism, or how you’re leading on from recently-published developments in the field, for example? If it’s important for the theme of the conference, you may wish to add another sentence on the future directions of your research. However, if this isn’t relevant or necessary, feel free to leave it out, especially if you’ve been asked to submit a brief bio – best to keep it brief and stick to your research interests.

What Not to Do

Inevitably, we all do things early in our career/academic life that, with hindsight, make us cringe. To avoid that uncomfortable feeling in the future, four common errors are:

  • Treating your bio like a humorous essay : only include a joke if you’re sure it’s really, really funny (maybe check with a straight-talking friend).
  • Getting too personal : an academic bio is a chance to make an impression pre-conference, and it may be what people remember you by, so ensure that you stay professional.
  • Giving too much information : remember that an academic bio isn’t the same thing as a CV – the conference organisers don’t need to know where you did your undergrad, MA or how much you’ve won in grants.
  • Using exclamation marks : your writing should be relatively formal in style, so avoid coming across as too chatty – save your engaging manners for the big presentation day!

One final tip is to use the third person. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, but at some conferences, your bio will be read out as an introduction, so personally I prefer to start a sentence like Joe Bloggs above.

What do you think about this approach?

Any more tips for writing academic bios?

Text credits: Sophie Shorland 

Sophie is a PhD student at Warwick, where she’s one of the organisers of the English Department’s annual postgraduate symposium for 2017. You can find out how to get involved in the symposium here , or check their Twitter here .  

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How to Write an Autobiography for Grad School

The dreaded personal statement. Academics aren’t accustomed to writing about themselves, but every single one of them had to make an exception when they applied to grad school. Sure, research is important to the scholarly community. But graduate admissions committees will want to know if you’re the kind of person they want to run into on campus for the next four to five years. Introduce yourself to admissions committees with a compelling essay so that they can get a sense of who'll be haunting their department hallways.

Use the First Person

This might seem like a no-brainer, but academic research papers are so full of phrases like “This paper will demonstrate,” and “one could argue,” that it’s easy to forget that your perspective counts. Claim it as your own with confidence. Talk as yourself, not as a disembodied, impersonal observer. The third person can be an effective rhetorical tool when you’re trying to cultivate the impression of being an impartial researcher, but remember: even if you’re submitting an autobiography to a scholarly institution, you’re still submitting an autobiography, not a report.

Don’t Be Shy

Now’s not the time to shy away from the spotlight. The committee wants to get to know you, so don’t wax poetic about the virtues of your chosen field of study -- talk about why you have been drawn to it. Think back to a personal experience that you feel is indicative of your abilities, values, and interests, and put it in writing. Alternatively, consider an experience that taught you something profound, and describe how it changed you. This will help the committee picture you as an interesting person, rather than just a transcript of grades.

Don’t Brag

There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance -- tread it carefully. Admissions committees aren’t interested in reading a three-page long homage to your awesomeness. Don’t make yourself the star of your story. Your goal isn’t to convince the committee that you’re a hero or a wunderkind -- your goal is to help the committee get to know you without ever having met you in person. They probably won’t want to get to know you any further if you come across as arrogant.

Relate Your Life To the Program

The committee isn’t interested in knowing about your life as an end in itself. Committee members want to know how your life trajectory has led you to the place where you’re applying to their program. Write your autobiographical statement with this in mind. Make sure that every anecdote you tell relates to the program -- if you’re applying for a Ph.D. in biology, and two of your earliest memories include holding a frog and eating an ice cream cone, then tell the story about the frog and leave out the story about ice cream.

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How to Write a Biosketch

How to write a biosketch, what is a biographical sketch.

BioSketches are a great tool to document an individual's qualifications, professional experience, and academic journey. Think of your BioSketch as a response to the question: “Tell me about yourself?” 

Below are general tips on how to write your BioSketch, as well as step-by-step guides and examples of BioSketches for students ranging from first year students, transfer students, and students preparing to graduate. For additional help with your BioSketch or general questions, email us at [email protected] .

General Tips

  • Write in the third person. This means that instead of using “I” statements, use “he/she/they” statements. 
  • The information you include in your BioSketch is unique to you and your circumstances. While your BioSketch may look different from the examples below, be sure to include the important general information outlined in the paragraph bullet points that fit you best.
  • Be sure to check your BioSketch for spelling, grammar, and sentence flow.


Paragraph 1:

  • Where are you from? Where/when did you graduate high school?
  • Did you earn any titles/awards or participate in extracurricular activities?
  • What did you do after high school? Did you go straight to college or enter the work field?

Paragraph 2: 

  • What are you studying at OSU? Did you transfer from another university? Do you hold any degrees? What special achievements or awards have you earned in college?

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Paragraph 3: 

  • What work/volunteer experience have you been a part of?
  • What skills did you develop from these experiences?
  • Have you participated in internships or research/lab work?

Paragraph 4: 

  • When are you expected to graduate? What are your education and career interests? 

BioSketch Examples

Benny Beaver is from Corvallis, Oregon. They graduated from Corvallis High School in 2021 with high honors and served as an officer on the school’s Associated Student Body (ASB) where they assisted in various leadership activities like fundraising, public speaking and community outreach. 

Benny started attending Oregon State University in the fall of 2021, and earned the Finley Academic Excellence Scholarship upon enrollment. They are currently in the University Exploratory Studies Program (UESP) where they are taking a variety of courses and exploring all options before declaring a major.

Benny served as a lifeguard for two years, where they received valuable trainings in CPR/AED, basic water rescue, and first aid. Benny developed a passion for the water, as well as an interest in teaching by instructing weekly swim lessons. Working a part-time job while attending high school also taught them skills in communication, time management, and balancing responsibilities.

Benny is expected to graduate in June 2025. They are exploring learning opportunities and careers in education, oceanography, and sports therapy. 

Bernice Beaver is from New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. She graduated from New Westminster Secondary School in 2018 with a Dogwood Diploma and has a Diplôme de fin d'études secondaires en Colombie-Britannique, meaning she is fluent in French. Bernice was named the Career Female Athlete of the Year upon graduation from high school.

Bernice earned an Athletic Scholarship to Oregon State University where she competes for the Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field teams. She is majoring in Sociology and currently works for the university’s Global Community Kitchen as an Event Support Staff where she serves to assist in planning food service for future Experiential Learning & Activities campus events during weekly team meetings.

Bernice completed the URSA Engage program during her second year at Oregon State University where she conducted research to define the barriers faculty face while facilitating undergraduate research experiences. She presented her research at two university-wide undergraduate research symposiums in 2020 and has since been published in Experiential Learning & Teaching in Higher Education. 

Bernice is expected to graduate in June 2022 with a B.A in Sociology. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school and complete the Master’s of College Student Service Administration Program at Oregon State University. She has a particular interest in the fields of university student affairs and athletics.

Bo Beaver is from Los Angeles, California. They graduated from Venice High School in 2014 as salutatorian and participated in the school’s marching band, where they acted as drum major for two years. After high school, Bo entered the United States Marine Corps (USMC) where they served for four years. 

Prior to attending Oregon State University, Bo attended Central Oregon Community College from September 2020 until June 2022. During this time, they earned an Associate of Science degree in Computer Science with high honors. Bo transferred to OSU-Cascades in September 2022 and is majoring in Computer Science with an option in Software Engineering.

Bo’s service in the USMC taught them important skills and attributes including confidence, self-discipline, teamwork and leadership. Since enrolling at OSU-Cascades, Bo has joined the university’s Tech Club where they hope to network and gain professional skills in the field of computer science among like-minded individuals. Bo has also been accepted into the 2022-2023 URSA Engage program, where they will be engaging in web applications research with Professor X. 

Bo is expected to graduate in June 2024 with a B.S in Computer Science with an option in software engineering. They plan on attending graduate school and pursuing a career in software development.

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Writing an academic biography is part of many academic activities. Whether your paper is accepted in a journal or you’re asked to present your findings at a conference, you will be required to submit a biography. How would you begin writing? How long should it be? What should you include? The following article is in continuation of the article ‘ How to Write a Good Academic Biography–Part 1’ .

In a short biography, you will be limited to just a few sentences or a short paragraph. It is important that you include just the basic information about yourself. One of the main objectives of a biography is to emphasize your accomplishments. This will provide the reader with an overall idea of your background. This information need not be too detailed. Additionally, a biography is written in the “third person.” This means that you should avoid using “I” and present yourself as though you are reading someone else’s biography. The sentences below provide examples of the appropriate format.

Starting with the basic information about yourself and include the following:

  • Full name: How often do you write your full name? There could be others with the same name and you want to distinguish yourself from them.
  • Position: Your position at your academic institute lets the audience know more about your background and interests. If you are a graduate student, it will be impressive that you have been asked to present your research or that you have been published.
  • Institution: It is important that you acknowledge your organization or institution.

This information should be presented in a prose format in the actual academic biography, not bulleted as here. For example, the piece might begin with the following sentence:

“Joseph Tiberius Schmoe is a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota.”

You can follow this introductory sentence with information about the main areas of your research. For example:

“Mr. Schmoe conducted research on the social structure of the Bonobo monkeys ( Pan paniscus ) in the Congo Basin of Central Africa.”

After these introductory sentences, you can add other details, such as how long you’ve been studying the species. You can add a hypothesis and how your research differs from that of others. You might also include some research milestones.

Short academic biographies are usually about 35–50 words. However, long biographies can range from 100 to 400 words. These would include more detail and the context would be different. For example, in a longer biography, you might include the following:

  • Academic degrees
  • Specific academic projects
  • Awards and/or honors
  • Published pieces
  • Personal interests

Longer academic biographies can be used on a personal website or be a part of the job application. This is usually not the format for conferences and seminars.

Know Your Audience

Although you must limit your biographical information, you can still gear it towards the audience or reader. Keep in mind the following three specifications:

  • Your audience: Who is going to read your biography? Are they conference attendees or funding sources?
  • The context: Will the biography be printed in a journal or in a conference proceeding? Will it be posted on a university or corporate website? Wil it be shared in events such as disciplinary conventions. Read biographies of your peers for reference.
  • The purpose: Why are you being asked for a biography? Are you meeting with other researchers in the same field? Are you meeting with clients or funders?

These three main points will help you choose the information that would be most relevant to those reviewing it. It will also help you create a specific writing tone or style for that audience.

What Not to Do

You don’t have much space to write about yourself so make it count. Be sure that you are succinct and relevant. The following should be heeded:

  • Avoid using humor. In short biographies, there is no space for it but be careful with it even in long biographies. You can include some humorous stories aside from your biographical information on your webpage.
  • Avoid very personal information. This is especially important at a conference. Your first impression is important and you want people to remember you for your accomplishments. Be professional.
  • Avoid providing too much information. Present the information concerning your current position, research, or employment. Information about your past, such as high school, is not necessary.

Remember to keep your writing somewhat formal.

A colleague of yours is asked for a biography for a conference in her field of study. She has attended several prestigious universities and has conducted many research studies. She was also a Peace Corps volunteer and a medic for Doctors without Borders. She would like to list all of these details because she believes that they are important. How would you advise her?

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You have mailed your transcripts and finished celebrating the completion of your graduate school admissions test. With your application in hand, one final task remains: writing a biography – sometimes called a personal statement or statement of intent – for the screening committee. This intellectual exercise requires thought and planning, as you assume correctly that your biography should be purposeful and meaningful – far weightier and impressive than simply a recitation of the schools you have attended and your favorite subjects. Think of your biography as the story of you – as only you can tell it.

Give yourself plenty of time to write, edit and revise your biography, expecting that it will be a recursive process. If ever there was a writing assignment that deserves your time and careful attention, this is it. Schedule some time every day to work on your biography, then allow it to “go cold” for at least a day before you review your work with a fresh outlook. Try to give yourself a week – from brainstorming to completion – to write your biography.

Brainstorm a story arc for your biography or a theme that you will carry throughout. In doing so, you will display a sense of purpose that is vital to this intellectual pursuit. For example, if you are applying for admission to a graduate science program, you may wish to amplify those key moments when a science project or achievement in your academic life influenced your interest in and passion for the field.

Map out these pivotal moments on a timeline, being sure to mention one incident from elementary school and high school and several from college. Connect these incidents to your quest to seek an advanced degree, and stay on-topic. Weave your theme consistently throughout your biography. Invoke the journalist’s quest to “show, not tell” so that the reviewing committee quickly gets the idea that you have evolved from a serious student to an ardent scholar.

Begin your biography with a revealing anecdote that sets the stage appropriately. Be mindful that you are playing the role of storyteller who wants to keep your audience’s attention, so choose lively verbs and craft sentences that are specific and illustrative.

Demonstrate your interest in and capacity for research by singling out several faculty members in your program of interest and what you would most want to learn from them if you were a student in their classes or if they were guiding your research efforts.

Lead your biography to an obvious conclusion: that you wish to advance your career and fulfill your personal ambitions by obtaining a graduate degree. Without sounding solicitous, explain why the graduate program appeals to you. Consider linking your introduction with your opening anecdote to create a clean symmetry of ideas.

Edit your biography carefully during the week, deleting both vague and flowery words and phrases. It’s great to show enthusiasm for higher learning, but be sure you sound sincere. Let trusted friends and family members – those who know your history – read your biography and elicit their feedback.

Proofread and edit your biography with the meticulous attention to detail that you will reveal time and again once you are formally accepted into graduate school.

  • Do not confuse writing an intellectual biography with one that contains big, impressive words. While you should expose your vocabulary skills to some extent, keep showboating to a minimum. It’s more important that you tell a compelling story than flaunt your vocabulary IQ.
  • Stay close to the allotted word count for your biography. Coming up a few words short or going a few words over is acceptable, but do not unwittingly convey that you do not follow instructions.
  • 1 Peterson’s: Write a Graduate School Essay that Will Knock Their Socks Off
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  • 4 Purdue University Online Writing Lab: Writing the Personal Statement
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Biographies are big business. Whether in book form or Hollywood biopics, the lives of the famous and sometimes not-so-famous fascinate us.

While it’s true that most biographies are about people who are in the public eye, sometimes the subject is less well-known. Primarily, though, famous or not, the person who is written about has led an incredible life.

In this article, we will explain biography writing in detail for teachers and students so they can create their own.

While your students will most likely have a basic understanding of a biography, it’s worth taking a little time before they put pen to paper to tease out a crystal-clear definition of one.

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What Is a Biography?

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A biography is an account of someone’s life written by someone else . While there is a genre known as a fictional biography, for the most part, biographies are, by definition, nonfiction.

Generally speaking, biographies provide an account of the subject’s life from the earliest days of childhood to the present day or, if the subject is deceased, their death.

The job of a biography is more than just to outline the bare facts of a person’s life.

Rather than just listing the basic details of their upbringing, hobbies, education, work, relationships, and death, a well-written biography should also paint a picture of the subject’s personality and experience of life.

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Features of a Biography

Before students begin writing a biography, they’ll need to have a firm grasp of the main features of a Biography. An excellent way to determine how well they understand these essential elements is to ask them to compile a checklist like the one-blow

Their checklists should contain the items below at a minimum. Be sure to help them fill in any gaps before moving on to the writing process.

The purpose of a biography is to provide an account of someone’s life.

Biography structure.

ORIENTATION (BEGINNING) Open your biography with a strong hook to grab the reader’s attention

SEQUENCING: In most cases, biographies are written in chronological order unless you are a very competent writer consciously trying to break from this trend.

COVER: childhood, upbringing, education, influences, accomplishments, relationships, etc. – everything that helps the reader to understand the person.

CONCLUSION: Wrap your biography up with some details about what the subject is doing now if they are still alive. If they have passed away, make mention of what impact they have made and what their legacy is or will be.


LANGUAGE Use descriptive and figurative language that will paint images inside your audience’s minds as they read. Use time connectives to link events.

PERSPECTIVE Biographies are written from the third person’s perspective.

DETAILS: Give specific details about people, places, events, times, dates, etc. Reflect on how events shaped the subject. You might want to include some relevant photographs with captions. A timeline may also be of use depending upon your subject and what you are trying to convey to your audience.

TENSE Written in the past tense (though ending may shift to the present/future tense)


Like any form of writing, you will find it simple if you have a plan and follow it through. These steps will ensure you cover the essential bases of writing a biography essay.

Firstly, select a subject that inspires you. Someone whose life story resonates with you and whose contribution to society intrigues you. The next step is to conduct thorough research. Engage in extensive reading, explore various sources, watch documentaries, and glean all available information to provide a comprehensive account of the person’s life.

Creating an outline is essential to organize your thoughts and information. The outline should include the person’s early life, education, career, achievements, and any other significant events or contributions. It serves as a map for the writing process, ensuring that all vital information is included.

Your biography should have an engaging introduction that captivates the reader’s attention and provides background information on the person you’re writing about. It should include a thesis statement summarising the biography’s main points.

Writing a biography in chronological order is crucial . You should begin with the person’s early life and move through their career and achievements. This approach clarifies how the person’s life unfolded and how they accomplished their goals.

A biography should be written in a narrative style , capturing the essence of the person’s life through vivid descriptions, anecdotes, and quotes. Avoid dry, factual writing and focus on creating a compelling narrative that engages the reader.

Adding personal insights and opinions can enhance the biography’s overall impact, providing a unique perspective on the person’s achievements, legacy, and impact on society.

Editing and proofreading are vital elements of the writing process. Thoroughly reviewing your biography ensures that the writing is clear, concise, and error-free. You can even request feedback from someone else to ensure that it is engaging and well-written.

Finally, including a bibliography at the end of your biography is essential. It gives credit to the sources that were used during research, such as books, articles, interviews, and websites.

Tips for Writing a Brilliant Biography

Biography writing tip #1: choose your subject wisely.

There are several points for students to reflect on when deciding on a subject for their biography. Let’s take a look at the most essential points to consider when deciding on the subject for a biography:

Interest: To produce a biography will require sustained writing from the student. That’s why students must choose their subject well. After all, a biography is an account of someone’s entire life to date. Students must ensure they choose a subject that will sustain their interest throughout the research, writing, and editing processes.

Merit: Closely related to the previous point, students must consider whether the subject merits the reader’s interest. Aside from pure labors of love, writing should be undertaken with the reader in mind. While producing a biography demands sustained writing from the author, it also demands sustained reading from the reader.

Therefore, students should ask themselves if their chosen subject has had a life worthy of the reader’s interest and the time they’d need to invest in reading their biography.

Information: Is there enough information available on the subject to fuel the writing of an entire biography? While it might be a tempting idea to write about a great-great-grandfather’s experience in the war. There would be enough interest there to sustain the author’s and the reader’s interest, but do you have enough access to information about their early childhood to do the subject justice in the form of a biography?

Biography Writing Tip #2: R esearch ! Research! Research!

While the chances are good that the student already knows quite a bit about the subject they’ve chosen. Chances are 100% that they’ll still need to undertake considerable research to write their biography.

As with many types of writing , research is an essential part of the planning process that shouldn’t be overlooked. If students wish to give as complete an account of their subject’s life as possible, they’ll need to put in the time at the research stage.

An effective way to approach the research process is to:

1. Compile a chronological timeline of the central facts, dates, and events of the subject’s life

2. Compile detailed descriptions of the following personal traits:

  •      Physical looks
  •      Character traits
  •      Values and beliefs

3. Compile some research questions based on different topics to provide a focus for the research:

  • Childhood : Where and when were they born? Who were their parents? Who were the other family members? What education did they receive?
  • Obstacles: What challenges did they have to overcome? How did these challenges shape them as individuals?
  • Legacy: What impact did this person have on the world and/or the people around them?
  • Dialogue & Quotes: Dialogue and quotations by and about the subject are a great way to bring color and life to a biography. Students should keep an eagle eye out for the gems that hide amid their sources.

As the student gets deeper into their research, new questions will arise that can further fuel the research process and help to shape the direction the biography will ultimately go in.

Likewise, during the research, themes will often begin to suggest themselves. Exploring these themes is essential to bring depth to biography, but we’ll discuss this later in this article.

Research Skills:

Researching for biography writing is an excellent way for students to hone their research skills in general. Developing good research skills is essential for future academic success. Students will have opportunities to learn how to:

  • Gather relevant information
  • Evaluate different information sources
  • Select suitable information
  • Organize information into a text.

Students will have access to print and online information sources, and, in some cases, they may also have access to people who knew or know the subject (e.g. biography of a family member).

These days, much of the research will likely take place online. It’s crucial, therefore, to provide your students with guidance on how to use the internet safely and evaluate online sources for reliability. This is the era of ‘ fake news ’ and misinformation after all!


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BIOGRAPHY WRITING Tip #3: Find Your Themes In Biography Writing

Though predominantly a nonfiction genre, the story still plays a significant role in good biography writing. The skills of characterization and plot structuring are transferable here. And, just like in fiction, exploring themes in a biographical work helps connect the personal to the universal. Of course, these shouldn’t be forced; this will make the work seem contrived, and the reader may lose faith in the truthfulness of the account. A biographer needs to gain and maintain the trust of the reader.

Fortunately, themes shouldn’t need to be forced. A life well-lived is full of meaning, and the themes the student writer is looking for will emerge effortlessly from the actions and events of the subject’s life. It’s just a case of learning how to spot them.

One way to identify the themes in a life is to look for recurring events or situations in a person’s life. These should be apparent from the research completed previously. The students should seek to identify these patterns that emerge in the subject’s life. For example, perhaps they’ve had to overcome various obstacles throughout different periods of their life. In that case, the theme of overcoming adversity is present and has been identified.

Usually, a biography has several themes running throughout, so be sure your students work to identify more than one theme in their subject’s life.

BIOGRAPHY WRITING Tip: #4 Put Something of Yourself into the Writing

While the defining feature of a biography is that it gives an account of a person’s life, students must understand that this is not all a biography does. Relating the facts and details of a subject’s life is not enough. The student biographer should not be afraid to share their thoughts and feelings with the reader throughout their account of their subject’s life.

The student can weave some of their personality into the fabric of the text by providing commentary and opinion as they relate the events of the person’s life and the wider social context at the time. Unlike the detached and objective approach we’d expect to find in a history textbook, in a biography, student-writers should communicate their enthusiasm for their subject in their writing.

This makes for a more intimate experience for the reader, as they get a sense of getting to know the author and the subject they are writing about.

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“The Rock ‘n’ Roll King: Elvis Presley”

Elvis Aaron Presley, born on January 8, 1935, was an amazing singer and actor known as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Even though he’s been dead for nearly 50 years, I can’t help but be fascinated by his incredible life!

Elvis grew up in Tupelo, Mississippi, in a tiny house with his parents and twin brother. His family didn’t have much money, but they shared a love for music. Little did they know Elvis would become a music legend!

When he was only 11 years old, Elvis got his first guitar. He taught himself to play and loved singing gospel songs. As he got older, he started combining different music styles like country, blues, and gospel to create a whole new sound – that’s Rock ‘n’ Roll!

In 1954, at the age of 19, Elvis recorded his first song, “That’s All Right.” People couldn’t believe how unique and exciting his music was. His famous hip-swinging dance moves also made him a sensation!

Elvis didn’t just rock the music scene; he also starred in movies like “Love Me Tender” and “Jailhouse Rock.” But fame came with challenges. Despite facing ups and downs, Elvis kept spreading happiness through his music.

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Tragically, Elvis passed away in 1977, but his music and charisma live on. Even today, people worldwide still enjoy his songs like “Hound Dog” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” Elvis Presley’s legacy as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll will live forever.

Long Live the King: I wish I’d seen him.

Elvis Presley, the Rock ‘n’ Roll legend born on January 8, 1935, is a captivating figure that even a modern-day teen like me can’t help but admire. As I delve into his life, I wish I could have experienced the magic of his live performances.

Growing up in Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis faced challenges but found solace in music. At 11, he got his first guitar, a symbol of his journey into the world of sound. His fusion of gospel, country, and blues into Rock ‘n’ Roll became a cultural phenomenon.

The thought of being in the audience during his early performances, especially when he recorded “That’s All Right” at 19, sends shivers down my spine. Imagining the crowd’s uproar and feeling the revolutionary energy of that moment is a dream I wish I could have lived.

Elvis wasn’t just a musical prodigy; he was a dynamic performer. His dance moves, the embodiment of rebellion, and his roles in films like “Love Me Tender” and “Jailhouse Rock” made him a true icon.

After watching him on YouTube, I can’t help but feel a little sad that I’ll never witness the King’s live performances. The idea of swaying to “Hound Dog” or being enchanted by “Can’t Help Falling in Love” in person is a missed opportunity. Elvis may have left us in 1977, but he was the king of rock n’ roll. Long live the King!

Elvis Presley: A Teen’s Take on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Icon”

Elvis Presley, born January 8, 1935, was a revolutionary force in the music world, earning his title as the “King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Exploring his life, even as a 16-year-old today, I’m captivated by the impact he made.

Hailing from Tupelo, Mississippi, Elvis grew up in humble beginnings, surrounded by the love of his parents and twin brother. It’s inspiring to think that, despite financial challenges, this young man would redefine the music scene.

At 11, Elvis got his first guitar, sparking a self-taught journey into music. His early gospel influences evolved into a unique fusion of country, blues, and gospel, creating the electrifying genre of Rock ‘n’ Roll. In 1954, at only 19, he recorded “That’s All Right,” marking the birth of a musical legend.

Elvis wasn’t just a musical innovator; he was a cultural phenomenon. His rebellious dance moves and magnetic stage presence challenged the norms. He transitioned seamlessly into acting, starring in iconic films like “Love Me Tender” and “Jailhouse Rock.”

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However, fame came at a cost, and Elvis faced personal struggles. Despite the challenges, his music continued to resonate. Even now, classics like “Hound Dog” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” transcend generations.

Elvis Presley’s impact on music and culture is undeniable. He was known for his unique voice, charismatic persona, and electrifying performances. He sold over one billion records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling solo artists in history. He received numerous awards throughout his career, including three Grammy Awards and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Elvis’s influence can still be seen in today’s music. Many contemporary artists, such as Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, and Justin Timberlake, have cited Elvis as an inspiration. His music continues to be featured in movies, TV shows, and commercials.

Elvis left us in 1977, but his legacy lives on. I appreciate his breaking barriers and fearlessly embracing his artistic vision. Elvis Presley’s impact on music and culture is timeless, a testament to the enduring power of his artistry. His music has inspired generations and will continue to do so for many years to come.

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We have compiled a sequence of biography-related lessons or teaching ideas that you can follow as you please. They are straightforward enough for most students to follow without further instruction.


This session aims to give students a broader understanding of what makes a good biography.

Once your students have compiled a comprehensive checklist of the main features of a biography, allow them to use it to assess some biographies from your school library or on the internet using the feature checklist.

When students have assessed a selection of biographies, take some time as a class to discuss them. You can base the discussion around the following prompts:

  • Which biographies covered all the criteria from their checklist?
  • Which biographies didn’t?
  • Which biography was the most readable in terms of structure?
  • Which biography do you think was the least well-structured? How would you improve this?

Looking at how other writers have interpreted the form will help students internalize the necessary criteria before attempting to produce a biography. Once students have a clear understanding of the main features of the biography, they’re ready to begin work on writing a biography.

When the time does come to put pen to paper, be sure they’re armed with the following top tips to help ensure they’re as well prepared as possible.


This session aims to guide students through the process of selecting the perfect biography subject.

Instruct students to draw up a shortlist of three potential subjects for the biography they’ll write.

Using the three criteria mentioned in the writing guide (Interest, Merit, and Information), students award each potential subject a mark out of 5 for each of the criteria. In this manner, students can select the most suitable subject for their biography.


This session aims to get students into the researching phase, then prioritise and organise events chronologically.

Students begin by making a timeline of their subject’s life, starting with their birth and ending with their death or the present day. If the student has yet to make a final decision on the subject of their biography, a family member will often serve well for this exercise as a practice exercise.

Students should research and gather the key events of the person’s life, covering each period of their life from when they were a baby, through childhood and adolescence, right up to adulthood and old age. They should then organize these onto a timeline. Students can include photographs with captions if they have them.

They can present these to the class when they have finished their timelines.


Instruct students to look over their timeline, notes, and other research. Challenge them to identify three patterns that repeat throughout the subject’s life and sort all the related events and incidents into specific categories.

Students should then label each category with a single word. This is the thematic concept or the broad general underlying idea. After that, students should write a sentence or two expressing what the subject’s life ‘says’ about that concept.

This is known as the thematic statement . With the thematic concepts and thematic statements identified, the student now has some substantial ideas to explore that will help bring more profound meaning and wider resonance to their biography.


Instruct students to write a short objective account of an event in their own life. They can write about anyone from their past. It needn’t be more than a couple of paragraphs, but the writing should be strictly factual, focusing only on the objective details of what happened.

Once they have completed this, it’s time to rewrite the paragraph, but they should include some opinion and personal commentary this time.

The student here aims to inject some color and personality into their writing, to transform a detached, factual account into a warm, engaging story.


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  • Understand the purpose of both forms of biography.
  • Explore the language and perspective of both.
  • Prompts and Challenges to engage students in writing a biography.
  • Dedicated lessons for both forms of biography.
  • Biographical Projects can expand students’ understanding of reading and writing a biography.

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To Conclude

By this stage, your students should have an excellent technical overview of a biography’s essential elements.

They should be able to choose their subject in light of how interesting and worthy they are, as well as give consideration to the availability of information out there. They should be able to research effectively and identify emerging themes in their research notes. And finally, they should be able to bring some of their personality and uniqueness into their retelling of the life of another.

Remember that writing a biography is not only a great way to develop a student’s writing skills; it can be used in almost all curriculum areas. For example, to find out more about a historical figure in History, to investigate scientific contributions to Science, or to celebrate a hero from everyday life.

Biography is an excellent genre for students to develop their writing skills and to find inspiration in the lives of others in the world around them.


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How to Write a Professional Biography for a College Student

How to Write a Biography Statement

How to Write a Biography Statement

A professional biography is an asset to help you stand out, and it may even help you land a job or internship. Develop your biography as early in your college career as possible, and then refine it as you pinpoint your goals. Whether the biography is optional or is a mandatory assignment for a class, it’s vital to create a concise, succinct self-portrait that will catch the attention of your intended readers. This is achieved with a combination of good writing and facts about your academic and professional background .

Grammar and Mechanics in a Biography

Good grammar demonstrates your professionalism and your attention to detail. A professional biography is written in the third person. Chris Grant from the University of Rochester recommends you start the first sentence with your full name, and subsequently refer to yourself by last name. Avoid redundancy: Start every other sentence or two with a personal pronoun (“he” or “she”). Vary sentence lengths to create a biography that is both easy to read and interesting. There is usually no word limit to a professional biography, but say as much as you can in one paragraph . The exception is a long biography , which is about one page, according to Grant. Longer biographies may be assigned in class, or required for scholarships. Yale University Law school recommends two paragraphs for its student bios to accommodate an abundance of information.

Balance Academic and Work Experience

An academic biography primarily focuses on your credentials as a college student, including notable research papers, grades and related extracurricular activities. You can include these elements in a professional biography, but you should also discuss current and past jobs, internships and volunteer work. As with a resume, write down the most recent experience and then include past work. For example, start by writing something like:

“John Smith is a student at XYZ University majoring in journalism, where he edits the student newspaper.” Then list other academic and work experience. Longer bios, such as those recommended by Yale Law School, often start in the reverse order.

Incorporate Relevant Personal Facts

Personal information can make a professional biography more engaging, so long as the facts are relevant to your audience and not too personal. You might mention places you’ve traveled or favorite books, but don't discuss significant others or family members.

If you can’t think of anything relevant to a position you’re applying for, describe a few hobbies to make the biography more personable. For example: “When he isn’t busy editing the student paper or studying, Smith enjoys baseball and kayaking.” Add any personal information at the very end of your professional biography.

How to Handle Lack of Experience

Not all students have resumes full of experience. This is especially true for freshmen or students undecided about their majors. Start by stating which school you attend, and discuss one of your most recent assignments.

For example: “John Smith is a student at XYZ University, where he recently completed a research paper on the effects of social media on interpersonal communication.” Then discuss any courses or clubs you have joined to highlight the fact that you’re an ambitious student with leadership skills.

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How to Write a Short Professional Bio (With Examples and Templates)

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3 key takeaways

  • What a short professional bio is and where to use one
  • How to write your professional bio (plus short professional bio examples and templates)
  • How to use the Teal  AI Resume Builder  to write a short, professional bio

Your professional bio is one of the most important things you'll write about yourself.

In a world where just about everyone is represented online in some capacity, your professional bio will often serve as your first introduction to your intended audience. It can help influence whether someone invites you to connect, interview you, or simply move on.

But how does your professional bio work in tandem with your resume to tell your unique story? And what are some short professional bio examples you can reference to craft your own—helping you strike the perfect balance between informative and engaging?

What is a short professional bio? 

A short professional bio is exactly what it sounds like — a short professional biography that introduces yourself and gives a brief overview of your career and accomplishment examples . A short professional bio gives future employees, colleagues, and anyone else you're networking with a more well-rounded picture of who you are.  

We recognize that “short” is a vague term and can mean many different things. But the good news is, unless you're dealing with a certain character or space limit, there is no magic length that your bio has to be. Most short bios tend to run anywhere from one to four paragraphs, but feel free to make yours whatever length you think would work best for you. 

Your short professional bio can be displayed many different places, including but not limited to: your website, LinkedIn profile, Twitter profile, in press features, and your resume. 

What should I include in a short professional bio? 

Before you sit down to write your bio, it might be helpful for you to think of it as not only a bio, but also an elevator pitch for your target audience. You want to produce a compelling professional bio. Your bio should answer the question: what would you want someone who doesn't know you at all to know about your career so far? 

Below are some thought-starters to set you up for success. 

As a working professional

Whether you've been working for six months or 15 years, consider including these in your bio: 

  • Where you're based
  • Where you're from
  • What university, trade school, or bootcamp you attended (if any)
  • Your current or former career titles
  • Your career goals
  • Relevant awards, accolades, or press features you've garnered
  • Your professional experience, skills, and area(s) of expertise
  • What you like to do in your spare time (personal interests, hobbies, side hustles, etc.) 

To make sure you're providing the most relevant skills to a potential employer, use Teal's Skills Database in the free  Skills Workbook  to identify your current skills and potential skills that you want to acquire. Once you've identified those, enter them into Teal's Skills Identifier.

As a student

Even if you're still in school, there's plenty of information you can include in your bio, like: 

  • What university, trade school, or bootcamp you're attending
  • Your area of study or intended major
  • Any clubs, teams, volunteering, or other extracurriculars you're a part of 
  • Any internships you've completed
  • Your career goals 
  • Your availability

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How to write a short professional bio

If you're ready to begin writing your professional bio, we commend you. We've listed a few things here that you might find helpful to consider, but again, there is no steadfast formula. You can feel free to follow or ignore these suggestions however you see fit. 

‍ Choose your voice

You have the option to write your bio using either first or third person. When using first person, you will be utilizing the pronouns "I, me, and my". When using third person, you would refer to yourself using your name and preferred pronouns.

Ultimately, the choice is yours. However, as a general rule, using third person is typically considered more formal, while using first person is more casual.

First person example: "I am a bestselling author. My work has been published in XYZ publication."

Third person example: "Zane Smith is a bestselling author. His work has been published in XYZ publication."

If you want to have multiple versions of the same bio on hand, like a first person version and a third person version, our tools are designed to make this easy for you. Write as many versions of your bio as you need and rotate which one you use in which situation as your career evolves. 

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You can also use our AI Resume Builder to generate multiple versions of your short professional bio. Your bio will be tailored based on the details and achievements you've included about your recent work experiences.

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Choose your tone

Written words, like spoken speech, can embody many different moods and tones. Depending on the context and your  personal brand , you might decide your bio should sound more buttoned-up, or more relaxed, or even a little bit silly. 

These two sentences describe the same person but showcase very different tones and writing style: 

“A recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Sally is currently a consultant at XYZ Consulting based out of their New York office.” 

“A recent UPenn grad, Sally swore off econ after years of hard classes only to end up as a consultant at a major firm — but don't worry, she loves it.” 

Start with your name and your current or most recent role

This is not a hard and fast rule, but to get your bio started, it's usually easiest to start with your name and current professional title or role. 

Example:  “Zane Smith is currently the Demand Generation Manager at ABC Tech Company.” 

If you're transitioning between roles or switching industries , you can list your most recent role and use your first sentence to say what you're looking to become.

Example 1:  “Previously the Demand Generation Manager at ABC Tech Company, Zane Smith is actively pursuing new opportunities in marketing management.” 

Example 2 : “Previously the Demand Generation Manager at ABC Tech Company, Zane Smith is now an aspiring 2nd grade teacher.” 

Add any former titles and list relevant achievements

Once you've introduced yourself and your current title or aspirations, you can flow into your professional background, former job titles, and what you did previously. Together, the first two sentences of your bio could read something like this: 

“Zane Smith is currently the Demand Generation Manager at ABC Tech Company. Previously, he was a Marketing Specialist at FGH Tech Company where he grew paid traffic to their website by 500% year over year.” 

How can you ensure your bullet point achievements reflect your qualifications? In addition to using Teal's free Achievement Assistant tool within the AI Resume Builder , try leveraging ChatGPT for this part of the process. Just remember to copy and paste ChatGPT-generated resume achievements back into your AI Resume Builder.

Remember to personalize your bullet point achievements by proofreading and editing them, tweaking as needed using the Achievement Assistant tool.

Consider adding the “why” behind your story

Self-promotion can feel incredibly uncomfortable, but it's important to really make sure you don't undermine your own value. Your “why,” the  reason that you do what you do everyday , can be powerful and meaningful. Adding what gives you the spark to start each workday can set your own professional bio apart from others. 

Example:  “Claire was inspired to pursue a career in elder law after volunteering in a nursing home throughout high school and college.” 

Close with some personal details, if appropriate

Even though your bio will be used in a professional capacity, it's okay to list a few personal details. We're more than just our jobs, and adding a few personal facts can help illustrate who you are outside of the office. 

Example:  “When he's not working, Martin can be found tending to his spice garden and going on nature walks with his golden retriever.” 

Short professional bio do's and don'ts 

Even though there are no official rules for writing a bio, there are still some things you should try to strive for as well as steer clear of if you want to make the best possible impression. 

Be real:  Your bio is not the place to fudge the truth about who you are. Be honest about what you've done and where you're heading. Not telling the truth could bar you from achieving your goals and land you in hot water. 

Be concise:  We really hate to be the one to tell you this, but unfortunately, most people do not have the time or patience to read a five-paragraph essay about your life story. Sorry to break it to you! 

Try to keep things brief and avoid run-on sentences. We recommend running your bio through a  free clarity reader grammar-checking tool  to make sure your bio isn't too wordy or hard to understand. 

Be relatable:  No matter how lofty your accomplishments are, staying grounded may help you establish stronger connections with others. This is where adding personal details and highlighting your personal brand can serve you well. Whether that's with a  hobby, interest , or other role outside of work, being relatable can let others understand and get to know you better and determine if you would be a good fit for a company.  


Be arrogant:  It's both appropriate and expected for you to talk about your professional skills and accomplishments in your short bio. That being said, there's a fine line between talking about your achievements and sounding too braggy. These two examples talk about the same accomplishment but come across very differently: 

“An accomplished pianist, Ryan was selected out of nearly 7,000 applicants to perform at the annual New York State School Music Association festival last spring.” 

“An accomplished pianist, Ryan was the obvious choice to perform at the annual New York State School Music Association festival last spring (because he's the best).” 

Be spiteful:  This is especially relevant if you're revising your bio  after a lay-off  or termination. As tempting as it might be, avoid making any negative statements or accusations in your bio. Positivity and a good attitude will get you much further.

Short professional bio examples

Seeing real professional bios in the wild might help you craft your bio more so than a set of guidelines will. For that reason, we rounded up four real-life short bio examples on different platforms that you can draw further inspiration from. 

Personal website bio: Audree Kate Lopez

"AUDREE KATE LOPEZ IS A FASHION STYLIST, EDITOR, INDUSTRY EXPERT AND INFLUENCER BASED IN NEW YORK. Audree began her professional career in the fashion departments at Glamour, O, the Oprah Magazine, Editorialist and Redbook magazines. She launched Audree Kate Studios in 2017 and worked on freelance projects at Marc Jacobs, Alice + Olivia, J.Crew and Club Monaco, joined the styling team at Alice + Olivia and became a contributing fashion editor for Over the past few years Audree has styled for various publications, celebrities and retail brands. In 2016, Audree founded a digital course and community for fashion students called Fashion Fundamentals and has hosted workshops and classes around the country, and wrote an ebook titled Fashion Fundamentals."

Why we picked it:  Audree's professional bio does a great job at telling and humbling her story. Taking her career from her dorm room all the way to major magazines is impressive and gives readers the right impression that she's ambitious and driven. It also gives a strong overview of all of the different yet relevant accomplishments she's checked off, ranging from styling, to editing, to creating her own course. 

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LinkedIn bio: Christen Nino De Guzman 

"Latina creator. Speaker. Tech Mentor. Christen is the Founder of the newly launched app Clara, a community that empowers creators through transparency, brand reviews, and discoverability. An industry vet, Christen has almost a decade of experience working with top content creators at social networking companies such as Instagram, TikTok, and Pinterest. She is a motivational speaker and mentor in the tech space who is passionate about helping people break into the industry through career advice and actionable content."

Why we picked it:  Christen's professional bio is punchy, concise, and gives her credibility. The short few sentences at the very beginning are a creative and clever way to describe who she is right off the bat. She also mentions how many years of experience she has, which at this stage in her career, is a wise move and shows that she brings a high level of expertise to her pursuits. The decision to put her social media profiles makes sense and feels true to her, given her engaged following. 

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Twitter bio: Dulma 

"Founder of Makelane, a private community for female DTC founders. 70K followers on TikTok where I analyze consumer brands"

Why we picked it:  Twitter only gives you 160 characters for your bio, truly keeping it a short bio, but Dulma does an excellent job maximizing what little space is given. Dulma's professional bio clearly and succinctly states her two main pursuits: being a founder of an online community and creating content for a large audience on TikTok. 

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Company website bios: Teachable

"Meet our wonderful team We're a tight-knit group of curious creatures, always learning, and constantly seeking out new perspectives and ideas. Get to know our team—they're what makes Teachable, well, Teachable."

Why we picked it : Having a short professional bio on a company website can be beneficial for many reasons. Each of the four bios featured on Teachable's company site show individuality and make the company more relatable to customers or clients. It provides an opportunity for the individual to showcase their experience, skills, and achievements, which can help build trust and confidence in potential clients or customers. These bios, with full names and pictures, allow the reader to learn more about the individual's expertise and background and can encourage networking opportunities.

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Short professional bio templates

If you prefer to plug and play or need a professional bio in a pinch, don't worry, we've still got you. Here are three short bio templates to get you started:

Short professional bio template for working professionals

[First name last name]  is  [currently/formerly]  a  [insert most recent job title]  at  [most recent company name] . A proud graduate of  [school or university] , they were inspired to pursue a career in  [field]  after  [explain what led to your decision to work in your industry] . Prior to working at [most recent job title], they were the  [previous title]  at  [previous company]  where they were responsible for  [insert professional accomplishments here] . In their free time, they can be found  [insert your favorite hobbies] . 

Short professional bio template for students

[First name last name]  is a current  [year]  at  [institution]  majoring in  [area(s) of study] . On campus,  [First name]  is actively involved in  [activity name] , for which they  [insert details about what you do for the activity you're involved in] . They most recently  [interned/worked]  at  [organization name] , where they had the opportunity to  [insert details about what you did on the job] . They intend to work in the  [insert field name or industry]  after graduation to follow their passion of  [insert what you are passionate about] . In their spare time, they can be found  [insert your favorite hobbies] . 

Short professional bio template for someone with a gap in employment

[First name last name] is a [position/job title] with [number] years of experience in [specific skills or industry] . Following [briefly mention the reason for the employment gap] , [he/she/they] took some time off to focus on [briefly mention what they did during the gap, e.g., personal development, family obligations, health reasons] . During this time, [he/she/they] also [briefly mention any relevant skills or achievements acquired during the gap] . [Name] is now eager to return to the workforce and is excited to bring [specific skills/accomplishments] to [his/her/their] next role. With a proven track record of [list specific achievements or skills] , [Name] is confident in [his/her/their] ability to contribute to [specific industry/profession] and make an impact in [his/her/their] next position.

If you decide to use any of these templates, we strongly recommend you tweak it ever-so-slightly. We don't mean diving into creative writing and rewriting it entirely; just add a little bit of personal flair once you've finished plugging your details in. Add some adjectives, remove anything that doesn't quite fit with your vibe or experiences, or append some more personal details as you see fit. Feel free to work off of any one of the bios from our resume examples to get feel for how different styles can be used across roles.

Remember, as cheesy as it sounds, there's only one you. Even if you use a template, your bio should still have a small sprinkle of personal flair, if possible. 

Create your professional bio with Teal

Crafting a professional bio that effectively showcases your unique skills and accomplishments can be a challenging task. It's important to keep in mind that your bio should be concise and focused on the most relevant details of your career. If you're struggling with what to include, consider starting with the basics and keeping it simple and factual.

Remember, your bio can evolve over time along with your career, so don't be afraid to make updates as you gain more experience and achieve new accomplishments. By taking these steps, you can create a friendly and professional bio that effectively represents your personal brand.

Ready to create a full set of professional bios to get to your next career goal faster? Sign up to start using the AI Resume Builder to generate professional your professional bios directly within the platform.

Once you have your professional bio, don't forget to use Teal's free AI Resume Builder  to update your resume with your skills, latest experience, and work achievements! The job of your resume is to get you in the door. Optimizing it will help you land interviews for the next opportunities that excite you.

Use the AI integration feature within Teal's AI Resume Builder to generate achievements. To get quality, metric-driven achievements, make sure to attach a job description to incorporate relevant keywords.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an example of a short professional bio.

An example of a short professional bio is: "Katie is a seasoned marketing professional with over 10 years of experience in digital advertising strategies. She has helped numerous brands achieve their online marketing goals, leading to increased visibility and 3x revenue YoY."

How do you write an impressive short bio?

To write an impressive short bio, focus on your most significant achievements, relevant skills, and experiences that set you apart. Keep it concise and tailored to your audience to engage and leave a memorable impression. You can also use the Teal  AI Resume Builder  Generative AI to craft a bio that highlights your unique professional journey and skills in an engaging way.

What is a short biography about yourself?

A short biography about yourself should concisely summarize your professional background, major accomplishments, and skills. For example, "I'm an innovative software developer with 5 years of experience in creating scalable applications, known for my ability to troubleshoot complex issues and my commitment to delivering high-quality software solutions."

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Welcome to the world of students! We have created an amazing collection of 30 student biography examples to help you write your own.

As a student, you are likely to be writing a variety of biographical pieces. Whether you are writing a personal profile for your CV, a biography for an awards application or a biography for a college admissions essay, it’s important that you construct an interesting and engaging narrative of who you are.

Student Biography Examples

Student Biography Examples

1. Growing up I was always interested in the sciences and technology. In high school, I excelled in math and science classes, which led me to pursue a degree in engineering. I went on to earn my Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and am currently working on my Master’s in Civil Engineering. After I finish my degree, I plan to use my knowledge to help improve infrastructure in developing countries.

2. Since a young age, I have been passionate about helping people in need. During college, I decided to focus my studies on sociology and political science. I used my knowledge to take action and participated in several non-profit organizations to promote social justice. With the help of internships, I have also gained experience in policy development and public relations. I’m currently working on a graduate degree in Social Work and aim to eventually work for the United Nations .

3. As a freshman in high school, I was unsure of what kind of career path I wanted to pursue. After talking with my parents and teachers, I decided to start college as an undeclared major. After two years of exploration, I settled on a double major of business and economics. I’ve been able to take advantage of various opportunities on and off campus and served as an intern in the Human Resources department of a major banking firm. I look forward to earning my degree and using my skills to become a successful business leader.

4. I never thought that I had the ability to become a professional photographer, but my high school photography teacher pushed me to pursue my dreams. I learned how to use a variety of cameras, develop photographs, and post-process my images. I continued my photography studies at college, where I gained additional knowledge in studio lighting and digital editing. I was even able to gain experience in the fashion industry, interning for a well-known photographer . Today, I am working as an event photographer, documenting weddings, reunions, and corporate events.

5. When I was younger I was passionate about art, which prompted me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. During college, I was able to gain experience as a studio assistant and also learn various digital and traditional art techniques. With the help of a scholarship, I was able to travel to various countries and learn even more about different art styles. After graduation, I started working as a freelance artist and have been able to produce several commissioned artworks and pieces.

6. As a child, I always exhibited an aptitude for mathematics and problem solving. After researching various career paths, I decided to major in Computer Science. I was able to gain valuable experience while interning at a tech startup and also during an internship with the Department of Defense. I am currently working on my master’s degree and plan to focus my studies on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

7. I have been involved in theater since I was a young child. During my high school years, I focused on honing my abilities through various extracurricular activities. I was able to gain valuable experience by participating in multiple productions and I even gained a scholarship for theater. I attended college to study Musical Theater and continued to foster my talent. With help from internships and workshops, I was able to build additional experience and formed a touring theater company with some of my colleagues.

8. From an early age, I was interested in the environment and the outdoors. I spent a lot of time reading environmental books and researching environmental issues. This passion inspired me to major in Environmental Science in college. I’ve gained valuable experience through various internships and part-time jobs. With the help of my degree, I’ve been able to work on several conservation projects and hope to soon work for a non-profit organization focused on sustainability.

9. When I graduated high school I wanted to focus my career on the medical field. After much research, I decided to major in Biomedical Engineering. During my time in college, I was able to gain a valuable experience by interning as a research assistant. I have been able to learn more about medical technology and have been able to contribute to various projects. I’m currently pursuing a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering and plan to continue my research in the field and eventually work for a healthcare company.

10. I have always had an interest in fashion and design, so when the time came to decide my career path it made sense to pursue design. During college, I was able to study many aspects of fashion and gain experience through various internships. I was also able to travel to other countries to observe trends and learn about different cultures. With my degree, I am currently working as a fashion designer and I plan to continue to use my creative eye to come up with innovative and stylish designs.

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How to Write a Professional Bio as a College Student.

A well-written bio is a great tool to have in your professional toolkit. Whether for a job application, networking event, or as an introduction for future employers, your bio is a great way to share who you are and highlight your accomplishments. It can also be a great addition to your LinkedIn profile’s “Summary” section.

Depending on your year in college, your biography will vary in length and topics. For example, a senior may have more work or internship experience to write about than a first-year student, and can describe his/her job roles, skills, and professional interests. On the other hand, first-year students could focus their bio on their background, educational goals, and hobbies. In both cases, your bio should craft an engaging narrative that emphasizes your interests and personality.

Bios are written in the third person and are typically one or two paragraphs, depending on your level of experience. Your bio should start with your name and a quick sentence that describes your basic background. This can include your college, year in school, academic focus, and professional interest. Your bio should be brief, concise, and clear.

Establish a Background Story

Highlighting your background will give the reader an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of your personal narrative, which may not be evident on your resume. Also, consider including recent events, such as studying abroad or volunteering. Find a couple of moments in your life that have impacted your identity or interests, and briefly, mention them. This will personalize your bio and help you stand out from your peers.

Explain Your Interests

Next, you will want to elaborate on your interests. For students with a significant amount of professional experience, this will focus more on career goals. If you don’t feel you have enough job experience to write about or are not sure about your professional goals, describe your academic or extracurricular interests. Feel free to add any hobbies that highlight your uniqueness, such as painting, running marathons, or cooking. Remember, your personal biography is an area to describe your personality that is not as easily communicated on your resume.

Emphasize How You Can Add Value

Lastly, you want to end on a high note by emphasizing how you can add value. Depending on where you use this bio, this sentence or two can refer to adding value to a company, team, or event. Highlight your unique talents and skills that would interest your audience. Rather than explicitly stating, “I can add value by…,” share this message subtly. You want your reader to understand that you are a well-rounded individual and professional who can contribute significant knowledge and experience.

There is no order to include all of this information. Play with the format and see what works best for your narrative. Although it can be difficult to summarize your life in one paragraph, this is a useful tool for crafting a positive image of yourself for potential professional networks. Below are two examples:

Example 1 (for first-years and sophomores):

Alison Johnson is finishing her first year at DePaul University where she is interested in business. Although she has yet to declare a major, she’s considering finance or marketing. After watching her parents run a restaurant for years, she knew at a very young age that she also wanted to go into business. In high school, Alison waited tables at the family restaurant during the summer and was fascinated by the many working parts it takes to operate a successful business. From this experience, she learned the value of hard work, efficiency, and communication. In the future, she hopes to continue her parents’ legacy and run her own five-star restaurant in downtown Chicago. Alison spends her spare time singing in her church choir and cooking for friends and family.

Example 2 (for juniors and seniors):

Jared Smith is a senior at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he is majoring in International Studies with a concentration in Latin America. His interest in international development began during the fall semester of 2012 when he had the opportunity to study abroad in Peru. He learned about the inequalities affecting indigenous communities, experienced the Peruvian culture, and became proficient in Spanish. Inspired by this international experience, Jared interned with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, conducting research on food security in Latin America. Jared aspires to pursue a career in international development and write policy for a government agency. When he is not busy reading about current affairs in Latin America, he enjoys playing intramural basketball and training for the Chicago marathon.

More Resources

4 Steps to Writing a Professional Bio, Huffington Post

How to Write a Professional Bio, PROF KRG

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Haley Greene

"I think everyone should have a basic understanding of business analytics because whatever field you are in, you will need to be able to make some kind of organizational plan."

Haley Greene, MBA

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Haley Greene is a current graduate student in Hood College’s Master of Business Administration program . Greene is currently involved in the MBA program’s MGMT 550 course, which focuses on business analytics and data science for managers. In this course, students delve into key mathematical concepts, such as algebra, basic calculus, differentiation, vectors, matrices and linear programming, while simultaneously exploring foundational statistical methods. The course emphasizes the practical application of these concepts and techniques in managerial decision-making processes across various fields, equipping managers with the skills to effectively analyze data and make informed decisions.

Please provide a brief bio including your educational and career background.

I grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and moved to Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, when I was a sophomore in high school. I graduated from Shepherd University in 2015 with a B.S. in Strategic Communication with a minor in English. I worked for a physical therapist office right out of college and then worked for a year and a half as the communications coordinator for a country club outside of Baltimore. After that, I detoured a little and worked for a retirement community in their closed-circuit TV station as a production coordinator. We would do a studio show every morning, like the Today Show, and I would have to host and pitch stories and film projects around the campus.

When I decided to go back to school to get certified in digital marketing, I worked part-time as a marketing coordinator and teacher for a theatre nonprofit before going back to work in hospitality in the sales department of a hotel. After the pandemic, hospitality jobs were hard to come by, so I went back to retirement community life and worked there as the main receptionist before coming to Hood!

Why did you choose to work at Hood College and enroll in the business administration program?

One of the biggest benefits of working at Hood is the tuition benefit for graduate school programs. I always wanted an MBA but knew it would be impossible financially. When I looked into the tuition benefits here and saw that it was a possibility, I of course wanted to take advantage.

It’s an incredible opportunity. I also work for the Delaplaine School of Business as one of the academic departments I support in faculty services, so it was super convenient to go to them with my questions or fears when I was applying. That was a major help as well.

What was your experience like in the MGMT 550 class?

I enjoyed the MGMT 550 class! It was very different from anything I had done in undergrad. My only experience with Microsoft Excel was to use it to organize data for myself, and I did not know how to do anything else.

Professor Gurzick taught us ways to use Excel to help look at different data sets and analyze what the numbers mean and how you can then build a business plan around the data sets that you are seeing. Because it was asynchronous, I really had to stay on top of the lessons and stay organized so I could follow along with what that week’s focus was.

Gurzick is very knowledgeable when it comes to business analytics and never made me feel like I couldn’t solve something. He walked me through how to do it and even went a step further to show me how what I’m learning will be used in other MBA courses, which was really cool. Plus, he makes excellent dad jokes! 

How do you think taking a business analytics class will help you in your career?

I think everyone should have a basic understanding of business analytics because whatever field you are in, you will need to be able to make some kind of organizational plan.

If you are like me and math isn’t really your forte, you still need to be able to know what numbers mean, even if you don’t quite know how to find them yourself. Once you understand the meaning behind the numbers (data), you will be able to make informed decisions to move your team forward whether that be in business or any other field.

For students who are interested in taking MGMT 550, what advice would you give them?

For many of the lessons, Gurzick would give a lecture video and then an instructional to accompany the lesson, where he walks you through how to do the problem in Excel.

My advice to students would be to watch his instructional videos multiple times to make sure you really understand it when it comes to exam time. I would often watch his videos while also having Excel pulled up, and I would practice alongside him as he was doing it in the video, then I would pause and rewind to make sure there wasn’t anything I missed or if my numbers seemed off.

It is definitely a course that you will need to be visually attentive to so that nothing is missed. If one thing is off in the process, your whole data set will be skewed, and you will have to start over so make sure you watch closely what you are doing. Also, brush up on your mean, median and mode skills. That will come back in full force in this course!

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The Yale Cellular, Molecular, and Quantitative Biology Training Program presents INSPIRE A series of talks for Yale graduate students

Career Options for Ph.D's in Science: Opening the Doors of Opportunity

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  1. Autobiography Of A College Student

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  3. 45 Biography Templates & Examples (Personal, Professional)

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  1. PhD Student Bios

    PhD Student Bios. In addition to their studies, doctoral candidates are involved in many aspects of the school. Among other activities, they hold Research or Teaching Fellowships and organize speaker series, conferences, and journals. Students generally take courses their first two years, and are engaged in research and teaching for at least ...

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  3. How To Write A Good Academic Biography

    Don't divulge details beyond your current position. In a longer bio of multiple paragraphs, you may add more awards and information about your master's and bachelor's degrees, but not in a short bio. Moreover, don't add anything that happened before grad school—including your place of birth. For example: Hi!

  4. Biography Examples for Students: A Helpful Guide

    Crafting a biography as a student can be a daunting task, requiring a delicate balance between sharing personal information and maintaining a professional tone. In this comprehensive guide, students will find a wealth of biography examples to serve as inspiration and guidance in developing their own unique narratives. From academic achievements to extracurricular activities, a well-rounded ...

  5. Biographies of Current Graduate Students

    While a graduate student at Southern Miss, he was the recipient of the James Sims Award for his paper, Prometheus Rebound: Shelley and the Language of the Dead. ... His current dissertation topic, an intellectual biography of Curious George, seeks to explain how H.A. and Margret Rey adapted racialized advertisements from Germany's colonial ...

  6. How to Write an Academic Bio for Conferences

    Covering the Basics. Whatever discipline you're working in, you'll definitely need to include the following in your academic bio: full name, position (i.e. PhD student; PhD candidate), institution. All this should go into the first sentence, so it reads something like this: Joe Bloggs is currently a PhD candidate [meaning he's passed his ...

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    prospective graduate students, colleagues within your discipline, and the undergraduate students in your T.A. sections will be reading it. In each case, consider your audience to determine what aspects of your career and research to highlight. • Organization: There are several ways to organize your bio:

  8. How to Write an Autobiography for Grad School

    Write your autobiographical statement with this in mind. Make sure that every anecdote you tell relates to the program -- if you're applying for a Ph.D. in biology, and two of your earliest memories include holding a frog and eating an ice cream cone, then tell the story about the frog and leave out the story about ice cream.

  9. How to Write a Biosketch

    Below are general tips on how to write your BioSketch, as well as step-by-step guides and examples of BioSketches for students ranging from first year students, transfer students, and students preparing to graduate. For additional help with your BioSketch or general questions, email us at [email protected].

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    Avoid very personal information. This is especially important at a conference. Your first impression is important and you want people to remember you for your accomplishments. Be professional. Avoid providing too much information. Present the information concerning your current position, research, or employment.

  11. How to Write an Intellectual Biography for Graduate School

    You have mailed your transcripts and finished celebrating the completion of your graduate school admissions test. With your application in hand, one final task remains: writing a biography - sometimes called a personal statement or statement of intent - for the screening committee. This intellectual exercise requires ...

  12. Student Biographies

    Sarah Aviña. Biographical statement: Sarah Aviña (she/her) is a PhD student in the Health Services Research and Policy Program at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a graduate student researcher at the Medicaid Research Center (MRC) working under the supervision of Dr. Julie Donohue. Aviña completed her bachelor's degree in finance and ...

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    A biography is an account of someone's life written by someone else.While there is a genre known as a fictional biography, for the most part, biographies are, by definition, nonfiction. Generally speaking, biographies provide an account of the subject's life from the earliest days of childhood to the present day or, if the subject is deceased, their death.

  15. Graduate Student Biographies 2016

    CS Headlines. Graduate Student Biographies 2016. Nicole Loew is from Boone, NC, and she attended Appalachian State University where she graduated in 2015. Nicole's favorite subject is algorithms, and she enjoys reading, watching bad science fiction movies, and drinking copious amounts of tea. She decided to pursue her master's degree in ...

  16. ASSC Graduate Student Biographies

    ASSC Graduate Student Biographies. CONSORTIUM UNIVERSITIES. Elizabeth A. Bonnette is a Ph.D. candidate in the the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her dissertation, "Remembering Things: Transformative Objects and Community Conflict in Twelfth- and Thirteenth-Century England," examines the work of ...

  17. Doctoral Student Short Biographies

    Richard Benda is a doctoral student in Religions and Theology at the University of Manchester studying under Dr. Michael Hoelzl. The working title of his thesis is "Weighed and Tested: Christian and Muslim Communities and the Rwandan Genocide.". His research will address key questions in relation to religious authority and the role of faith ...

  18. PDF Here are some examples of how to write your Graduation Bios

    Sample Graduate, oldest of three, and with long, brown curls, was born Christmas Day to young, but terribly happy and blessed parents! She has ever been an old soul, who loves old things, and like an extra parent to her younger siblings. Throughout her life, she was constantly being found reading a book, singing a song, or drawing.

  19. How to Write a Professional Biography for a College Student

    Balance Academic and Work Experience. An academic biography primarily focuses on your credentials as a college student, including notable research papers, grades and related extracurricular activities. You can include these elements in a professional biography, but you should also discuss current and past jobs, internships and volunteer work. As with a resume, write down the most recent ...

  20. How to Write a Short Professional Bio (With Examples and Templates)

    Short professional bio template for working professionals [First name last name] is [currently/formerly] a [insert most recent job title] at [most recent company name]. A proud graduate of [school or university], they were inspired to pursue a career in [field] after [explain what led to your decision to work in your industry].

  21. 20+ Student Biography Examples • Eat, Sleep, Wander

    As a student, you are likely to be writing a variety of biographical pieces. Whether you are writing a personal profile for your CV, a biography for an awards application or a biography for a college admissions essay, it's important that you construct an interesting and engaging narrative of who you are. Student Biography Examples. 1.

  22. Professional Bio-Writing 101

    Bios are written in the third person and are typically one or two paragraphs, depending on your level of experience. Your bio should start with your name and a quick sentence that describes your basic background. This can include your college, year in school, academic focus, and professional interest. Your bio should be brief, concise, and clear.

  23. 40 Short Professional Bio Examples and How To Write Your Own

    There are many things you could include in your bio, including jobs, certifications, awards, skills, goals and accomplishments. Here are 40 two-sentence short professional bio examples to help you write your own: "I'm Jane Hong, and I recently graduated with an advanced diploma from Smith secondary school. I'm seeking an internship where I can ...

  24. Graduate Student Spotlight

    Haley Greene is a current graduate student in Hood College's Master of Business Administration program. Greene is currently involved in the MBA program's MGMT 550 course, which focuses on business analytics and data science for managers. In this course, students delve into key mathematical concepts, such as algebra, basic calculus, differentiation, vectors, matrices and linear programming ...

  25. High School Graduate Resume Examples & Templates [2024]

    Make sure the resume skills you include on your high school graduate resume are relevant to the job description and what the employer is looking for in a candidate. Here are some high school graduate resume skills examples you might consider: Communication. Teamwork. Problem-solving.

  26. The Yale Cellular, Molecular, and Quantitative Biology Training Program

    Samples of Scholarship. Teaching Evaluations. Letters of Evaluation. Dept A&P Narrative. A&P Voting. Faculty Affairs Staff Pages. Faculty Development ... Molecular, and Quantitative Biology Training Program presents INSPIRE A series of talks for Yale graduate students. Career Options for Ph.D's in Science: Opening the Doors of Opportunity. The ...

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