awvish Posted January 26, 2011 Share Posted January 26, 2011 I've got a bit of a dilemma, and was hoping people might have suggestions on sorting it out. I was just contacted for a phone interview at one of my top institutions--so far, so good. (YAY!) In my field, it's required to apply to a specific lab, and so in my SOP, I talked about two labs I was interested in. Lab A is one subdiscipline and lab B is another subdiscipline. There are, obviously, related aspects. My personal background (life and job experience) falls much more strongly into B, but my research experience and direction of interest is in A. My problem is, I'm almost overqualified for B, and for that precise reason, would much rather go into A (it interests me more, I'm getting burned out on aspects of B, it will be easier to switch from A to B than from B to A if I later decide that my life is not complete without more B in it, etc). I want to convey this to my interviewer (who is in neither lab and neither subfield, just a member of the adcomm), but just strongly enough that I get admitted to lab A instead of lab B. And, of course, not so strongly that I won't get into either. I suppose it's always an option to try to switch advisors once I'm in, but that seems slimy and seems like a great way of making advisor B into an enemy (or at the very least, fairly unhelpful). Help? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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