Some thoughts for prospective MS or undergraduate students

If you are an MS or undergraduate senior student and would like to work with me please read the following before contact.

Early Contact.

I am very excited to work with you. However, i would like to see that you are serious about your intentions and committment. This is why you have to contact me well in advance if you plan on working with me. I am not particularly keen on accepting students that simply found nothing better and decided last minute to show up. This means that if you plan on working together in semester X, you will have to contact me at least 3 weeks before the finals week of semester (X-1). This also means that (usually) you are expected to take a course with me and do extremely well.

Project Topic.

I encourage you to show up with novel topics related to my areas of research but i will usually try to define some focused work directions that best align with what I am doing at the time. Because the number of these topics is limited, I will likely not have more than 2-3 available every semester. Yet another reason to contact me early on if you plan on working together.

Work Pace.

If we decide to work together, I will want you to do good work. This is why we will do so at an appropriate pace, not very different than a junior Ph.D. student's work schedule. We will meet at least once a week, you will have to read papers etc. For more details on these expectations read this. Please read through carefully and determine whether this is what you are looking for. Additionally, I would like to stress that I do not sign off on arbitrary easy work. We should expect at least one conference paper publication as a result of the work.


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Last updated: July 9, 2005