kaister Posted September 6, 2012 Share Posted September 6, 2012 Hey everyone! I took a year off after graduating (not by choice, I just didn't get in anywhere lol!) Anyways, I'm back home and working part time and volunteering in a lab at a nearby university. I just recently found a second passion and area of interest (which gives me more options when applying this season). Kind of perfect, that I found a lab that does that exact work (the one I'm volunteering in). I haven't yet told this POI that I plan to apply with her lab (she is a new professor and has no grad students yet, but will be accepting applications this season). Should I tell her asap that I want to apply to this university or should I wait a little bit and let her get to know me first? I've been working for about 1.5 months so far and I'm going to meet with her soon to talk about starting an independent project (which she is awesome and willing to supervise). Also, I wanted to ask her advice about other universities to apply to and professors that have this same interest, which I'm sure she'll have great advice for. Thing is, I still want to apply to schools with research in my OTHER main interest (which is not related to her work at all, cognitive), but I plan to ask her for LORs in my applications for grad school because she will be my most recent research experience. Would it be awkward to ask her for letters for applications to professors/schools with her similar interest? OBVIOUSLY, she's not gonna write a LOR for my application to her own university/lab LOL! But, should I just keep it separate, where, with the schools I'm applying with her specialty focus (social) that I just choose a different letter writer and just ask her to write the letters for my applications to the Cognitive programs? I'm just worried the applications I send to the Social programs, they'll be like "Why isn't there a LOR from her most recent research experience?!" I just realized how confusing this all sounds. Anyways, main point, would it be awkward to ask her to write LORs for me when I'm also going to be applying to work with her? Is that a conflict of interest? Thanks for the advice! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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