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I’ve heard that, prior to applying, undergraduates sometimes express interest to faculty members of graduate schools via email. I know that this is most often done (fairly?) close to the time of application, however, I still have a year before applying (graduating June 2021).

Is it unheard of for students to contact faculty a year before applying so they can establish some sort of research relationship? By “research relationship”, I mean something akin to typical undergraduate mathematics research (though with a professor at another institution), however diluted it may become due to distance. I’m interested in hearing how feasible this is!

  • Preferably away from final exam weeks (May and December). This kind of contact only works well if it is organic and stems from genuine interest; doing it too close to application season is only counterproductive. – darij grinberg Nov 3 '19 at 5:46
  • Which country? The answer might depend on this. – wimi Nov 3 '19 at 16:11
  • Ah -- good point. The university I am attending as an undergraduate is in the US, but I'm not ruling out the possibility of applying somewhere foreign. – Alex Vischer Nov 10 '19 at 3:07

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