I'm studying CS and I'm really interested in a particular topic. There will be a course covering this topic in the next semester. The professor of this course never saw me but I will have to attend the course next year.
Since I am starting to think about the thesis, I thought this is a good time to find an advisor, and I believe he might be a good choice.
- Is it unpolite/weird to contact the professor asking him to participate in one of his projects? This imply that I want him as supervisor for the thesis.
- Should I send him an email or talk to him personally? He's quite famous professor here and probably receives tons of emails and will take some time to get a response (if any). On the other side, I'm very nervous about talking with him (shyness).
- What should I ask him in order to "break the ice"?
- some reference about the topic (I don't need them);
- if he can show me some of his projects (and if I can join one of them);
- or go straight to the point and ask him about the thesis