If you need help with online teaching or other challenges in academia arising from the COVID-19 crisis, we have prepared this FAQ to get you started.
36

Well, faculty-student research is a two-way street, and for whatever reason, it certainly doesn't sound like this professor is showing a lot of interest in working with you. This is not necessarily anything about you or your abilities; he may just be busy with other things, or not very interested in working with undergraduates in general, or too ...


8

One option is to take a class he teaches and do a fantastic job there, especially if it is a graduate-level one. Those classes often involve projects that deal with the actual research in the field. Very often those projects are open-ended and can potentially result in publications. I even suspect that some professors deliberately use their class projects to ...


6

I'll just guess that he doesn't think you are ready and that he doesn't have the patience to deal with you at your current state of development. But, just a guess, as I said. You might have better luck in a year when you have a few more courses under your belt and some "seasoning". If you close the intellectual distance a bit you might have a better chance. ...


5

As an economist, my suggestion would be to move on and focus on course work, then come back to this idea later, or in graduate school. First and foremost, professors are often facing more students wanting to work with them than they have room for. This is especially true if they are More senior In a trendy field Well known in their field In a department ...


4

Congratulations. First thing to do is, tell them that you have got an offer from some university. I am sure, the first response you get from them is, "congratulations! All the best for your future". They will be happy for your achievement. I think "they want me to stay in that university to do my Master's and PhD there" is because you did not had an ...


4

Pick out the one that you have the best relationship with and just say that you have a fantastic offer elsewhere and think it is time to move on. Thank them for all they have done, but note that you think you want and need a broader perspective. This is true, in fact. You may have already learned about everything that your current faculty has to offer and a ...


3

Whether it is during your interview, or when they read you SoP, there will always read your enthusiasm between the lines. If you happen to be doing some self-study by yourself, it clearly shows that you are personally interested in the subject and enthusiastic about it. Plus, by doing undertaking such projects, you will have a much wider perspective about ...


2

An undergraduate thesis (or dissertation) is: a document submitted in support of candidature for an academic degree, which presents the author's findings. By comparison, a research paper (when differentiated from undergraduate life) is: an academic work containing original research results or a review of existing results, which are typically published after ...


2

A reading program directed by a professor who will somehow examine you on what you have learned is one thing, especially if it comes with a formal evaluation. But a private reading program that has no validation element isn't going to help in admissions or on a CV. It is something you could mention in an interview, I think, but you would be immediately ...


1

Your research experience counts! Specifically, you are getting experience in the process of "doing research": finding a question, reading the literature, forming hypotheses and figuring out how to test them, etc. These are important skills, even moreso than (say) knowing your way around a specific instrument's console. Admission committees also know that ...


Only top voted, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible