I joined a PhD program last fall with the idea of working with a particular Professor. This Professor requires their students to pass his research seminar first to do research with him. I enrolled in that seminar, but did bad in the first homework assignment which is given during the first week of classes. The Professor didn't give me permission to continue in his seminar, but told me that I could take it again next Fall and that if I do well he would be happy to take me as his student.
Because of the requirements of my PhD program I have to start doing research this Summer and next Fall. This means that I have to look for an alternative advisor to start doing research with. I've been contacting other faculty of interest. Some cannot take me as their student and others haven't replied yet. There are other three other Professors that I can still contact but I think I don't have the technical tools yet required to working with them (it could take me a while to catch up). So my two question are
- How should I approch these Professors whose research I find interesting, but feel that don't have the technical tools yet to completely understand their papers?
- Is it a good idea to just planning to find a temporary advisor for two semesters (to comply with the program requirements) to then change to the advisor I'm interested in working with?