Website Requirements

As part of your Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates experience, you are required to create a website that provides information about your participation in the DREU program. The DREU participants’ pages will be publically accessable to anyone interested in learning about the DREU program, or about your participation in it.

During your mentorship, you will maintain your website at a URL of your selection. About two weeks into the mentorship, you should submit the URL of your website to the DREU portal. This is one of the requirements for the second DREU stipend payment. Please note that your final web site (required for your fourth stipend) can not contain any ads and must be installed on the CRA-W web site. If you choose to use a free site to create/host your temporary web site, be sure that you will be able to easily move your web site to the CRA-W web server (without ads) to create your final web site. The CRA-W server supports PHP and JavaScript.

In the past, some participants have used systems such as WordPress or Weebly to create their websites. You are free to use them
but please keep in mind that at the end of your program, you will need to prepare  a *.tar file of all your website’s files (HTML, images, etc.) and directories.
These files will  be extracted and installed in a Unix machine, so please make sure that the site you are using to host your DREU website, will easily let you get the HTML files.
If you need to learn HTML, we recommend using a simple online tutorial. For instance:
a) (look at the first 9 lessons)
Once you understand the HTML commands you need (general structure of an HTML file, title, different types of headings, bold text, ordered and unordered lists, links to other pages or files, how to include pictures) you can take the contents you currently have and put them in HTML pages.
YouTube videos can be embedded as long as they are yours.

Minimum Website Content Requirements

When building your website, be creative!  Include information about activities and aspects of the program in which you participated during the summer such as sports or research group outings, road-trips you took, conferences you attended, your experiences finding lodging, etc. Your website must contain the following information, which should be linked from the first page of your website so that the information is easy to locate:

Information about you:
Information about your mentor:
Information about your Mentorship:
Your name
Their name
A description of your research project and goals (as outlined by you and your mentor at the beginning of your project).
The school you attend and your department

Their school and their departmentA journal of your project work with weekly entries in which you describe: your results, your findings, your algorithms, your frustrations, etc.
Your grade level, major, and when you plan to graduate
Their area of research
A final report of your research project.
Your e-mail address
A link to their website(s)
A link to your website, if you have one

Submitting Your Final Website

  1. Tar file all of your website’s files and directories.
  2. Place your *.tar file in a website from which we can retrieve it and then submit the corresponding URL to the DREU portal.
  3. You will be informed by email if your site is approved, or if it needs some modifications or additions.

Tips for successful website installation

  • Be careful with personal information such as phone numbers. Check your resume and pages for information that shouldn’t be distributed freely.
  • Include a default homepage called index.html or index.php.
  • Save reports and presentations in platform independent types such as pdf or postscript. You can do this easily by using a postscript printer and printing to a file or by using a freely available program such as pdf995 to “print” documents to a pdf file.
  • Make sure that your file names are used in a case-sensitive context. This means that the EXACT file name matches the calls in your links and image sources because our web servers are case-sensitive.
  • If your webpage was hosted on a windows server, try moving it temporarily to a unix web server in the department and unpack it. Just make sure you pages and links work.
  • If you created your tar on a windows machine, try creating the tar file from a unix machine. This is the version of tar we will be unpacking it from.
  • If you ftped your tar from a unix machine to a windows machine and are now trying to upload it to the web, just upload it from a unix machine so the file type won’t be changed automatically by the windows machine.