How do I convince an advisor to take me on?
December 11, 2007 11:00 PM Subscribe
How do I convince a research advisor to take me on as a grad student?
posted by you're a kitty! to education (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
There's a group I'm seriously interested in joining - really, really interested in joining - for my doctoral research (physical sciences). I would commit to it right now, given the opportunity. I've spent hours talking to the advisor's grad students, have given him my CV, and have begun attending the weekly group meetings. However, there are a lot of other grad students doing the same thing; it's a popular group, and he's only accepting one new student this year.
I realize that the right tact to take always somewhat depends on the particular group and the advisor, but I was hoping you all might have some more general advice about how to go about standing out from a pool of applicants. I'm considering cornering this advisor later this week and once again explaining why I'm interested in his group and what I could bring to it, since I've been told he values persistence, but do any of you have further advice or input? Would giving him letters of recommendation be useful, or just seem desperate? What more can I do at this point? What worked for you?