missgawain Posted February 2, 2011 Share Posted February 2, 2011 (edited) Hi all, I'm beginning my application process for English PhD programs (applying Fall 2011 for Fall 2012) and am curious about how others have gone about cultivating relationships with professors in prospective programs? I was thinking that I would contact via e-mail the professors whose work I admire and aspire to learn from. Is e-mail too informal? This seems like a crucial step to acceptance and, once admitted, success in the program. I'm worried about messing it up, which is why I'm looking for answers this far in advance. What is polite to talk about in an e-mail in order to form a respectable professor-student relationship? Questions about their work or the program? I feel that maybe asking questions about the program wouldn't be good because the professor could turn around and tell me to look at the website (I have practically memorized all of the websites). I'm sure I'll look back at this post in a year and laugh at how ridiculous I'm being, but for now..... All answers are appreciated Edited February 2, 2011 by missgawain Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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