Current Poly students:
If you are a BS or MS student currently enrolled at Poly, and looking for
an MS Thesis or Senior Project topic or simply interested in getting some
research experience, feel free to contact me for an appointment (make sure to
include a CV and transcipt so I can see if you are ready to do research). I
usually have some research topics available, mostly in the areas of web search,
data compression, and distributed systems, and am looking for strong
and highly motivated students to work on them.
Note however that this would usually be an unpaid research experience,
as I do not often provide research assistantships to students that are not
in our PhD program. Also, be advised that I expect a significant time
commitment on your side, plus a very strong academic background and motivation.
If you are willing to invest the effort, participation in research activities
can be a very valuable preparation for the job market or graduate school.
But you should be significantly above average in your grades - if you are
struggling with your classes, it is better to focus on those.
Prospective grad students:
If you are not a student at Poly, but currently applying or planning to apply
to our PhD program, please
only contact me if you are interested specifically in my research area and
plan to work in this area during your PhD studies. Since I already have a
fair number of PhD students, I am unlikely to accept you as my student
unless you have significant background in the area and/or an extremely
strong academic background. For general application questions, please read
the guidelines for PhD admissions on our department web site, or contact the
Director of Graduate Studies.
If you are
a prospective MS student, then it is very unlikely that I would be able to
offer you financial support, so there is little need to contact me before you
have been admitted. After you arrive on campus, we can talk - but see above and
Incoming/admitted grad students:
If you are an MS or PhD student who has already been admitted to our graduate
program but without full financial support, please do not contact me or other
faculty members to inquire about research assistantships before arriving on
campus. If you were admitted
with limited or no support, it means that we were unable to offer more support.
Feel free to talk to me about
possible research after you arrive on campus, but be aware that most likely
this would be an unpaid research experience, at least for the first semester
or so. Also, in most cases I would recommend talking to me after you have been
on campus for 2-3 months - once you have adapted to the new environment and
know how much time you need for coursework, and how much time you have for
Internships and visits:
If you are a student from another school looking for a paid summer internship,
please do not contact me directly. I sometimes do have summer visitors, but
this is usually arranged through direct recommendations from colleagues.
The same also holds if you are interested in visiting to perform research say
for an MS thesis (or Diplomarbeit) or internship requirement at your school:
if you do not need financial support from me and there is a close match in
research interests, then it might be possible to arrange something, but please
ask a faculty member (say, your advisor) to recommend you to me.