As an aspiring computer scientist...what tips could one give me to make an excellent LinkedIn profile?
I would make sure that you include your publications, projects, honors , and awards on your profile. Certifications are important in our line of work. Make sure to network by adding groups to your profile. Follow those individuals that you admire and are in the positions that follow your passions. You are heading in the right field , long term Healthcare IT is on the rise. Linkedin has a lot of great resources .
For projects: Be sure to include links to anything that can be viewed, reviewed or even run as artifacts from your class projects. Also, hobby projects can project more passion than just including class projects. What have you done outside of class because you have a love of computer science and programming? (Group projects are especially interesting to many employers because they show your ability to succeed with teamwork.)
How about any open source contributions? Link to your GitHub profile. Any activity on Stack Overflow you'd like to highlight? How are you contributing to the community? (Even asking great questions, like this on you asked here on Career Village) are examples of contributions.)
Although I am in a telecommunications company, I am not involved in that aspect. I am a social worker helping those whose jobs is tech.
I agree with Matt: try to highlight everything you have built. Steve Jobs used to say "Real artists ship". In tech, the ability to complete and deliver a working piece of software is very valuable.