I am a master student expected to graduate in April. I want to work as an R/A for my thesis advisor after graduation and want to do a PhD afterwards. However, the entire school is closed and I cannot meet him in person. When I asked him about meeting after the corona is over, he said “don't worry about graduation, you will be able to graduate online”. It seems that he does not want to meet me, which makes me feel very depressed and anxious. My only option now is to write an email. I want to talk with him over several things:
- Is my thesis good enough that justifies doing a PhD? If yes, is it possible that I publish it with him being coauthor?
- Is it possible I become his R/a? Even if my thesis is good, that is not a guarantee.
- What can I do to improve PhD chance?
- Will he write me a letter of recommendation?
I think that asking all of these in one email is not a good idea. So I am thinking to start it with the email:
I am very grateful for your advices for my thesis. Without you I would not have been able to graduate. I learned a lot from you and now that the thesis is finished, I discovered my passion for research and realize that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. I have some questions, I would be very grateful if you can answer them:
do you think my thesis is good enough justify me going to phd. If it is good can we coauthor on my thesis and publish. That sounds a bit too arrogant from my part, so I do not know how to word it.
Is it possible I become your r.a. Your research is very interesting and you taught me so much during our time working together . I wish to learn more from you.
Do you have any advice for me to get into good Phd school?
thank you so much again!
Can you give me some advice? I am very depressed and anxious to the point I cannot move for many days.