My field of study is purely theoretical, meaning that there are a ton of equations and a bunch of numerical simulations. I am targeting groups that align with my field and I am trying to read their research. I know this question has probably been asked before, but how much of the group's research am I expected to know before I email the PI about lab openings? Three levels of abstraction are given below:
- Just the title of the projects and the material given on the webpages.
- Go through the abstract and conclusions of their latest papers.
- Take a single paper and go through it line by line, understanding all the equations and simulations.