Post # 1
I’m at the point in my master’s programs where I need to form my thesis committee. I have a couple of professors who work in related areas to my research that I would like to ask, but I’m just not sure what to write. I’m thinking that I give a brief sumamary of my work and expected graduation date, but I’m not sure how much detail to include. Should I attach my resume or mention my GPA or list my related coursework? Do any other grad school bees have advice or examples of what you did?
Post # 3
Asking for the professor to be a member of commitee is like asking them for a recommendation letter. I would attach a resume that includes your GPA and Related Coursework – much like a curriculum vitae. More importantly, however, is going to be your ability to express your passion for and the direction of your work. These professors have a lot of students to chose from and you need to make working with you appealing. Does that help?
Post # 4
Include your CV/resume and on the e-mail give a brief description of your research (~1 paragraph) followed by a few sentences stating specifically why you think they would be a good fit for your committee. Here, you can also mention if your advisor suggested him/her to you.
I’m not sure how much leeway you have selecting them, but if there is a faculty member that doesn’t work in your specific field but you admire intellectually (always asks great questions at seminars, is very successful in his/her field), I’d also consider asking them. I think great thinkers are able to give you good insight regardless of their field of expertise and they often bring an interesting, unique perspective to your research. Good luck!