I have a doubt regarding the Statement of Purpose for grad school.
Toward the end of the essay, should I specify the list of professors who I am interested to work with? For example:
"...Since research in this field is very active in Dr. A's, Dr. B’s, Dr. C’s groups at XXX University, I would like to apply to your program..."
My concern is: though doing so may indicate that I have read about the professors and their works (which is a plus I suppose), it is risky at the same time. What if Dr.[A-C] are not able to accept more people to their labs? Will the admission committee automatically disqualify my application in this case?
Hence, I would love to hear more advices from you of how to play it safe: whether such specifications are needed, and how to phrase them properly.