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Yeah, it's a good idea. It's not purely (or even mostly) to help your application. This guy might be your advisor (which is a decision from each end). Plus it's just networking, learn about his work and all.

I would not be put out if he has minimal time or refers you to a grad student or postdoc in the group. Especially if he has a big group, he has a lot to do and doesn't even know if you will be coming to his school or not.

I wouldn't canvas the waterfront, but I would reach out to a few (3? 5?) of the choicer options. Not just at this school but others.

 

Dear Professor X:

I am a rising senior at Enormous State University, applying to mechanical engineering Ph.D. grad schools, including SuperIvy. I noticed you in particular because of your work in ball bearings. I(I did some undergraduate widget research at ESU. Love Just love the little metal shiny thingsthing field of engineering.)

Would love a chance to chat with you briefly or someone in your group. Like to learn about what you are doing and get any suggestions as I go through applications and advisor selection processmovement towards Ph.D. programs.

Thanks in advance.

-Juin

Yeah, it's a good idea. It's not purely (or even mostly) to help your application. This guy might be your advisor (which is a decision from each end). Plus it's just networking, learn about his work and all.

I would not be put out if he has minimal time or refers you to a grad student or postdoc in the group. Especially if he has a big group, he has a lot to do and doesn't even know if you will be coming to his school or not.

I wouldn't canvas the waterfront, but I would reach out to a few (3? 5?) of the choicer options. Not just at this school but others.

Dear Professor X:

I am a rising senior at Enormous State University, applying to Ph.D. grad schools, including SuperIvy. I noticed you in particular because of your work in ball bearings. I did some undergraduate widget research at ESU. Love little metal shiny things.

Would love a chance to chat with you briefly or someone in your group as I go through applications and advisor selection process.

Thanks in advance.

Yeah, it's a good idea. It's not purely (or even mostly) to help your application. This guy might be your advisor (which is a decision from each end). Plus it's just networking, learn about his work and all.

I would not be put out if he has minimal time or refers you to a grad student or postdoc in the group. Especially if he has a big group, he has a lot to do and doesn't even know if you will be coming to his school or not.

I wouldn't canvas the waterfront, but I would reach out to a few (3? 5?) of the choicer options. Not just at this school but others.

 

Dear Professor X:

I am a rising senior at Enormous State University, applying to mechanical engineering Ph.D. grad schools, including SuperIvy. I noticed you in particular because of your work in ball bearings. (I did some undergraduate widget research at ESU. Just love the little metal shiny thing field of engineering.)

Would love a chance to chat with you briefly or someone in your group. Like to learn about what you are doing and get any suggestions as I go through movement towards Ph.D. programs.

Thanks in advance.

-Juin

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Yeah, it's a good idea. It's not purely (or even mostly) to help your application. This guy might be your advisor (which is a decision from each end). Plus it's just networking, learn about his work and all.

I would not be put out if he has minimal time or refers you to a grad student or postdoc in the group. Especially if he has a big group, he has a lot to do and doesn't even know if you will be coming to his school or not.

I wouldn't canvas the waterfront, but I would reach out to a few (3? 5?) of the choicer options. Not just at this school but others.

Dear Professor X:

I am a rising senior at Enormous State University, applying to Ph.D. grad schools, including SuperIvy. I noticed you in particular because of your work in ball bearings. I did some undergraduate widget research at ESU. Love little metal shiny things.

Would love a chance to chat with you briefly or someone in your group as I go through applications and advisor selection process.

Thanks in advance.