Friday, October 31, 2008

How to ask professors to serve on Ph.D. committee

I have to take the comprehensive exam in the near future and need to form a Ph.D. committee. With the help from Rahul, I came up with a succinct email for this.

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The format is

Hello Dr. [professor to ask],

I am a Ph.D. student working with Dr. [my advisor]. My work focuses on [very compact description of your thesis]. I was going through your research interests and found out about your expertise in [related expertise of professor to ask]. I would very much appreciate if you would agree to serve on my Ph.D. committee and guide me in my research. Would it be possible for you to serve on my PhD committee?

I look forward to your positive response.

Sincerely,
[my name]

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3 comments:

Antoinette Cryer said...

This would certainly help a lot of grad student who are finding it hard to compose personal messages for getting PhD dissertations committee. I think one problem I can see in this is that it would looks too generic. It would be a good idea if the student would add some of their personal thought on it to make it look original.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! I need to ask professors to be on my Master's thesis committee. This is very helpful and saves me a lot of time! As Antoinette has suggested, I will definitely tailor my email to my prospective committee members and situation. Just what I was looking for. :)

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