Confessions of a researchaholic

October 6, 2015

Whether and how to contact professors for school applications

Filed under: Real — liyiwei @ 2:07 am
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Professors, at least those at top schools, tend to receive many applications, probably hundreds if not thousands every year.

The best way to get their attention is to find people with good reputation and existing relationships as your references.

The best way to get them ignore you is to send out blanket spam-like inquiries to everyone.

Look at the professors’ websites, which may already spell out whether and how to contact them, and other useful information like their research and style.
It is to your benefit to read these, as you want to find someone with matching style and interests, and the professors want to know why they should pick you.

Disclaimer: this is based on my (limited) experiences as a prof so far, not how I contacted my PhD adviser almost 20 years ago.

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