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I am naming three professors from specific Ph.D. programs with whom I have identified similarities in our research interests in my SOP. In the last sentence, I want to mention that I am also interested in working with other professors whose research aligns with my own. I want to include this line in case my selected three professors reject me; then, there will be hope that someone else with similar research interests (whom I might have missed while searching the university website) will show interest in my application. However, I understand that the admissions committee or the professors might perceive this as negative. Is writing a sentence at the end of the paragraph expressing that I am open to working with other faculty members with similar research interests a good or bad idea?

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Unlike some other places, in the US it is seldom necessary to specify professors. It is useful, however, to be flexible. You may need to specify some subfield of the overall field, but little else. If you have some ideas for research that is a plus provided you don't insist on this-but-nothing-else.

Focus the SoP on your goals, it is fine to name some professors as possible advisors, but seldom necessary. You generally have a while before you need to choose a supervisor and have a chance to meet them and become more familiar with their work.

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  • Thank you, but I am not clear yet. Is writing a sentence at the end of the paragraph expressing that I am open to working with other faculty members (I mean, the faculty members I did not mention earlier) with similar research interests a good or bad idea? Dec 7, 2023 at 16:45
  • Indicating your flexibility is a good idea.
    – Buffy
    Dec 7, 2023 at 20:25
  • Although I suspect that you're not in mathematics... in which a student's saying they were "willing" to work with ... would sound very arrogant... I think you should not say so. I'd presume that in every milieu most students would be happy to have an advisor/mentor/funding ... so it might be a little silly to say that you would "accept" such things. You're at the low end of the status hierarchy, etc... :) Dec 7, 2023 at 22:06

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