I am applying to 6 universities for MS and I have short-listed 2 professors from each university whose field of interest is nearly the same to that of mine.

Along with mentioning my interest in their work, can I also mention about a topic/project that I have been working on or 'am planning to work in future?

Please suggest!

PS: The topic/project will be similar to the research interests of the professor.

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Sure, that shows proactiveness, interest, creativity and many good things.

I'd suggest to publish it somewhere before, even if it's just a blog, arxiv.org, safecreative.org or your favorite option.

Otherwise it will be their idea, at least for some professors. Some of those may actually have had that idea (years) before you suggested it, so it may really be their idea. By publishing it you are able to prove that at least you got to the same idea/conclusion on your own, even if it was years after them. In case that matters to you.

Make sure to emphasize the research aspects of that project.

  • Thanks for the suggestions. I will try those services you mentioned. After publishing it, should I also give its link in the letter I write? Nov 4, 2013 at 17:12
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    @AnimeshPandey The best part is that you can publish an "extended version" somewhere and add a summary with a link in the letter. This makes the letter less intimidating and provides additional information iff they want it.
    – Trylks
    Nov 4, 2013 at 18:02

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