I am about to send emails to potential PhD supervisor. In order to show my initiative to understand their research, I am thinking of writing a precis of their recent papers and attaching it with the email. I would include the following elements in the precis:
background problems to be solved
the proposed methods to solve the problem
how the proposed methods are tested
how the papers I have read are related to each other
my own thoughts about how further research can be done based on the results on these papers
Is this a good approach?
I think the precis would be one to two pages long. Is the length recommendable?
I am also thinking of putting the main points as bullet points in a powerpoint instead of presenting the main points as paragraphs in a precis. So which format is better?
However, my concern is that professors are usually busy people. They would not bother to open the document and read. Also they are already familiar with their research. It seems meaningless to summarize their research and send it to them. Is it a genuine concern?