So I have to write my master's thesis, and I need to contact a potential supervisor. The field is statistics.
I am slightly confused by how these things work: on one hand, you often hear that you should have your own ideas and proposals for what you want to write about. On the other hand, your supervisor also needs to be able to supervise you, hence your ideas need to fall to his liking and be within his area of expertise and interest.
With that in mind, how do I approach a potential supervisor? I intend to first write an e-mail. In this e-mail, do I
merely introduce myself and my interests/coursework and then ask for the possibility of writing a master's thesis under their guidance, without getting into any specifics of what the topic should be, and then wait for their response?
or do I specifically go into details with the ideas that I have in mind?
- or do I mention my ideas vaguely but stress that I am open to any suggestions that he might have for a related topic?
I am learning towards option 3) as option 2) seems a bit too much for an initial contact and option 1) seems a bit lackluster.