emperial wrote: because in that way you have narrowed your application to one person. it is not guaranteed that the professor wants to take a new student or even your file be reviewed by him.
expressing your interest in a research program or special laboratory that has several other joint professors is much better that mentioning only one name if you want to mention any.
WakkaDojo wrote:I agree with valkyrie. If you can't find anyone that you want to do research with, then don't bother applying. If you do, put them all in the statement. If they can't take students or don't want to take new students, then they wouldn't take you and you won't get admitted (therefore won't have problems down the road).
It always works out for the better if you include specific faculty members.
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