How To Ask A Professor To Be Your Thesis Advisor?

How do I ask for a thesis advisor?

How to Choose a Thesis Advisor

  • Take a course with a potential advisor, possibly individual study.
  • Ask for copies of grant proposals that describe research projects of possible interest to you.
  • Consider working with two advisors.
  • Interview a potential advisor.
  • Interview former students.

How do you ask a professor to be an email advisor?

Your email should:

  1. have an informative subject line.
  2. be concise.
  3. be formal: Dear Dr. Smith; Sincerely, Your Name.
  4. not use Mrs. or Ms.
  5. NOT have slang, abbreviations, or emoticons.
  6. if applying for an opening: address any qualifications the professor is looking for.
  7. if asking for a research opportunity:

When should you contact a potential PhD advisor?

Send emails to potential advisors in August – October before applications are due in November – January.

How do I contact a potential postdoc advisor?

To do:

  • Talk to your (a)advisor, (b)committee members or other faculty members you interact with and (c) peers, tell them about your plans, ask them for advice.
  • Talk to your peers, email graduate students/postdocs in the labs you are interested in, get to know a little bit more about the lab and the professor.

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