How to talk to professors for grad school applications
October 8, 2012 7:08 PM Subscribe
How do I talk to professors I hope to work with before submitting my applications for graduate study?
posted by silvergoat to Education (14 answers total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
So I have decided to apply to graduate school, specifically PhD programs in geography and (so far) one in environmental anthropology. I had been struggling with the part of the process where I have to communicate with faculty about my interests ahead of time so that they will notice my application, but after refining my introductory letter somewhat I have had some success in this area ranging from, "sounds great, look forward to seeing your application," to "let's talk on the phone." (eek!)
So now I am faced with a conversation with a professor next week, a conversation in which I would hope to convince him that I would be a really great PhD-track student for him. This is a little bit nerve-racking for a couple of reasons: 1. This professor is taking on exactly one new PhD student next year and 2. It's been five years since I finished college, so I don't feel super ready for a high-level academic discussion.
My question is: what should I expect from this conversation? What will he ask me? What should I ask him? How can I best prepare for this conversation?