Tips for approaching a prospective grad adviser:
- DON'T send a boilerplate email, à la "Dear Professor, I'm interested in your research area". That's a total turnoff...
- DO show you really are interested in the professor's research area, by writing a personal email that demonstrates you have spent at least 5 minutes (hopefully more) exploring their area. And for crying out loud, at least add their name: "Dear Professor Dumbledore" rather than "Dear Professor"!
- DO (briefly) describe your industrial and academic experience.
- DON'T be overly lengthy. Two paragraphs should suffice: one for point (2), one for point (3).
- DO be polite. (Duh...)
- DO or DON'T attach a short CV. Up to you.
- DON'T attach anything else. If there's an interest you'll be asked for additional material.
- MY OWN research interests: