Connect with Faculty
These pointers are designed to help you maximize your faculty connections:
- Know your faculty office hours.
- You can meet with current faculty, faculty you've taken courses from in the past, or faculty you've never met before.
- Check the syllabus for a current class, or the website for your major.
- Ask faculty to make an appointment if you can't attend their office hours.
- If you send an email with your request, make it formal and polite.
- Talk to faculty about what they studied as undergraduate and graduate students (even if you do your research beforehand).
- Are there any graduate programs they're aware of that match your interests?
- If you are interested in career information, do they have any recommendations?
- Research how to conduct an informational interview.
- Write a thank you email or letter: this is good practice for more formal interviews.
If you hit a dead end with a faculty member (your interests don't match, or you don't make a connection), feel free to ask if they can suggest any other references for you. And try not to be discouraged. There is always a next time if you make it happen.
Want some practice or more pointers? Consider meeting with the Krege provost for more ideas on how to connect with faculty.