Also, emailing a professor to ask if they plan to take on new students in the next year or two is a perfectly reasonable question that is easy for them to answer, and I bet you'll have a good success rate for responses if you send out inquiries.
pqortic wrote:I think since you don't know which professor will read your SOP it's not really useful to mention their name unless they clearly ask you to do so.
InquilineKea wrote:Hm, one person I know only got replies from 2 of 6 professors, and another professor said that he did not reply to the majority of requests (and from my own extensive experience with professors, I've had non-replies for many perfectly reasonable questions too)
I receive at least one email a day from undergraduates at other institutions wanting to join the SOSLab. I cannot answer all of these emails, but I do look at what you send. I respond to those prospective students who have actually taken the time to make sure their interests are in line with the current research interests of the SOSLab, as portrayed, for example, in our recent publications and funded projects. At this time I am primarily looking for students interested in the experimental and theoretical aspects of systems and synthetic biology. All of the grant proposals I am currently writing are in these areas. Existing robotics and controls projects are already staffed with research assistants.
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