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 all 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... or Dear Professor...
  2. Will you have any vacancies for Ph.D. students next year?
  3. What kind of student are you looking for?
  4. Can I come do a short internship or summer internship with you?
  5. I'm a UMD student. Would you consider me as a research assistant?
  6. Can I work with you on a Ph.D. in computational linguistics or natural language processing?
  7. An important note for Computer Science Ph.D. applicants
  8. Are my qualifications appropriate? How can I improve them?
  9. What are my chances of being admitted?
  10. Which department should I apply to?
  11. Can I do a postdoc with you?
  12. 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, which is old but still quite useful.