- Graduate School
- Introduction to the Graduate School
- Why is it needed?
- How Affordable Is It
- The Many Myth-Busters
- Doing Research about Graduate School
- Introduction to Graduate School Research
- Identifying the Subject Best Fit For You
- Masters or Ph.D.?
- Qualities of a Successful Ph.D. Student
- Accordingly Identify the School
- How Many Schools to Apply?
- The Different Variables to Be Worked Out
- The Application for Graduate School
- Starting Your Application
- The Application Process
- How Does the Application Process Work?
- What Are People Looking For In Your Application?
- Picking the Right University and the Right Professor
- The Right Professor Is the Most Important Factor
- Few Questions You Need To Ask Of a Professor
- Parts of a Graduate School Application
- Things to Keep In Mind
- The Resume: The Importance of A Powerful One
- Writing Effective Statement of Purpose
- The Importance of an Important and Compelling Essay
- Personal Interviews
- Introduction to Interviews
- Do's In an Interview
- Don’ts in an Interview
- After The Interview
- Accepting an Offer
- Rejecting an Offer
- Preparing For Financials
- You Are In… What Now… The Road Ahead…
- Make an Estimate of the Fixed Costs
- Do You Qualify For a Need-Based Aid?
- How to Apply For the Need-Based Aid
- How Is the Aid Awarded?
- Non-Need-Based Aid
- Other Ways to Pay for Your Degree:
- What If You Fall Short
- Other Brooding Points
- International Students
- International Students Guidelines
- Few Not-So Important Critical Points
- Summing Up Admission Process
- Why Is Graduate School Important?
- Life in the Big League: A Graduate Student
- Different Schools for Different Programs
FEW QUESTIONS YOU NEED TO ASK OF A PROFESSOR
Essentially the professor you will be working under for the coming years will be your boss, and hence it is imperative few questions are asked and answers seeked. For instance, is the professor a workaholic; if yes be prepared to slog it out. Is the professor an out an out research person – that is does he have a huge laboratory. The professors who love researching expect their students to follow suit and hence be prepared to graduate after a longer duration (with respect to the dates of graduation.)
Apart from the working style, also find out about the views of the professors about the funding. Consult your professors about the stipends, and if this can be used as your thesis/ dissertation research.
For the students who are planning to go for Ph.D, be careful about the age of the professors, and make sure that they will be available by the end of your course and that they do not retire before the stipulated program.
The best to get an answer to all these questions would be to contact the professors directly:
Address the professors directly, and when you e-mail them, keep the subject short and crisp. Subjects like “ Few queries from a prospective student” or “ Questions in my mind”, will allow the professor to take note of your emails. At the onset, make it very clear to the professors that you are interested in the program, and hence you are particularly inquisitive about few questions. And then mention questions about research, opportunities, the various courses, funding and stipends and also any teaching opportunities.
Like we have mentioned earlier, do not restrict this mail to one particular professor, but to different professors. Also, personally mark every one of them so that this mail does not end up in the spams section.
Also, it is not enough to just shoot a mail and then sit back and procrastinate. It is imperative that you follow up, because if you show intent chances are that the professor will like you and will sooner rather than later contact you personally. Bear in mind that this initial impression will help you create a very good image and might be useful in the future process.