(Closed) Grad School Bees – Requesting committee members

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
2063 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
242 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

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!

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