FAQ for Prospective Advisees

FAQ for Prospective Advisees

I am lucky enough to receive fairly frequent e-mail from folks who express an interest in working with me. If you are such a person, thank you for your interest! However, before contacting me, please read the information below. And then, if you decide to write, please tell me that you have read my FAQ; otherwise my first response will probably just be to send you here.

  1. Dear Sir...
  2. What kind of student are you looking for?
  3. Can I come do a short internship or summer internship with you?
  4. I'm a UMD student. Would you consider me as a research assistant?
  5. Can I work with you on a Ph.D. in computational linguistics or natural language processing?
  6. An important note for Computer Science Ph.D. applicants
  7. Are my qualifications appropriate? How can I improve them?
  8. What are my chances of being admitted?
  9. Which department should I apply to?
  10. Can I do a postdoc with you?
  11. Can I come to UMD as a visiting scholar?

I hope this FAQ is helpful. For prospective Ph.D. students, I'd also like to recommend this nice article on choosing a Ph.D. program in Computer Science, which contains a lot of information applicable to other disciplines, as well. For a much more general and comprehensive discussion of graduate school and life in academia, I recommend Cynthia Verba, Scholarly Pursuits: A Guide to Professional Development During the Graduate Years