Project 1: Professional Bio Statement

Worth 15% of your course grade

Calendar IconImportant Dates

  • July 13: Rough Drafts for Peer Feedback, due by 9:00 AM
  • July 14: Project 1 due by 11:55 PM
  • July 16: Grace period ends at 11:55 PM


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Hand-drawn Profile with person's image and identifying textThe Project Assignment

Imagine that you have taken a new position with a company or organization, and write a short biographical statement for the company newsletter or the team section of the company website. You may be able to use some of this assignment later in the term when you work on your Job Application Materials.

Step-by-Step Details

#1 in a maroon circleStep 1: Decide on a specific audience and purpose for your project. You will do better on this project if you have specific readers in mind, so decide on a company or organization whose employees or clients will read your bio.

You can choose a company you are doing an internship for, a company where you worked in the past, a club or Greek organization you belong to, or your department or college. There are lots of options.

#2 in an orange circleStep 2: Set your goals for the project.
You have the opportunity to aim for the grade you want to earn in this class. The options below outline what you need to do for the grade you want to receive.

No one, in my experience, aims for a D, so I have not included any details for below-average work. If you really want a D, just put in minimal effort and do sloppy work.

The letter A, in white with black outlineComplete the B-level project and then use unique strategies and details that are clever, original, creative, and/or imaginative. Your bio should include well-chosen graphics or visual elements that increase its effectiveness. It should have no errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, mechanics, linking, and formatting. The letter B, in white with black outlineComplete the C-level project and then use design elements (like headings, layout, etc.) to highlight key information and make the bio easy to read and visually appealing. Your bio should have no more than two or three minor errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, mechanics, linking, and/or formatting. The letter C, in white with black outlineWrite a professional bio (no longer than 250 words) for a specific formal audience. Include biographical facts as well as discuss your interest in ethical and/or intercultural and global issues in your field or career. Your bio should be complete, well-written, and include no spelling, grammar, or punctuation errors.

Bomb icon (indicating a warning)Warning! No grade is guaranteed.
Make sure your work is error-free, fully-developed, and ready to share with the intended audiences. Any work that is incomplete or that contains multiple errors will not earn an A or an A-.

For instance, say the writer aimed for a B and used design elements to make the bio visually appealing, but the finished text was full of typos. It was obvious the writer didn’t proofread at all. The project earns a C rather than a B.

#3 in a maroon circleStep 3: Write your biography statement.
Write your biography statement as a document on Google Drive. I strongly urge you to create your bio in Drive from the beginning to avoid formatting issues. Formatting errors will lower your grade.

As you compose, focus on details. While your scenario is imaginary, the details in your biography should be current and accurate. Do not make up future information.

Use the examples posted on the course website to guide your work. You will post your draft for peer review by 9 AM on Monday, July 13. Use the advice you receive from your readers to revise your bio before the due date. There are no rewrites or revisions after work is graded.

#4 in an orange circleStep 4: Complete the transmittal memo.
A transmittal memo is like a cover letter for your project. It tells me whatever information I need to know to understand the work you did on your project.

You will write a short transmittal memo that gives me the Share link to your bio and explains the decisions you made for Project 1. More details on this memo will be included in the post for the due date (July 14). Be sure that you follow the instructions, include the relevant information, and proofread your memo. If you skip this memo, you lower your grade on the project.

#5 in a maroon circleStep 5: Submit all the documents in Scholar.
When you are finished with the project, you will submit your transmittal memo in the Assignment tool on Scholar with the Google Share link to your biography statement. Details on how to submit your work will be included in the post for the due date (July 14).

Note that if the submission is not a Google Drive document, I cannot provide any feedback on your work.