Advice on Emailing Professors When Applying to Grad School?
August 27, 2008 4:40 PM Subscribe
Any advice concerning email communication with professors who I'll be contacting at the various schools that I will be applying to for PhD programs in Political Science?
posted by davidstandaford to education (10 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
As part of my application process I've been identifying the schools that I want to apply to and the professors at each campus that I would want to work with. I've been reading some of their recent writings so I can begin contacting them via email.
At the moment, my plan is to email them sometime soon letting them know I'm thinking of applying to their school, my planned research statement, and letting them know which of their articles I've read. I was going to include a comment about the articles I had read and ask them some question about something I'm unsure about or how their article might be in conflict with some other research.
If/when I get a response I was planning to follow up by asking to see any unpublished articles if they are working on something that also fits with my interest.
Firstly, I was wondering if anyone involved in academia has any thoughts about communicating with professors during the application process.
Also, is there some maximum number of emails that should be exchanged and at some point I would begin to annoy them, or it's ok to email back and forth for a couple of months?
Is there some number of emails I should exchange before I tell them explicitly that I am applying to their school and explicitly ask them for any help they can provide in the admissions process?
What about arranging a time to speak to them on the phone? Also good?
And finally, anything in my emails that I should be sure not to mention/include, or anything I should be sure to tell them?
[I'm focusing on email communication because, alas, I am out of the country and not able to make any more campus visits.]