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There are easily four professors at this particular school with whom I could happily work with. Their research interests are all very close to mine, and I'm afraid of narrowing it down and excluding the wrong person (say, someone who ends up on the admissions committee, or the person who would be most interested working with me.) If I can say something intelligent about the work of each professor and effectively tie it back to my own interests, is four too many to name? Should I directly mention works by two, and then address the other two a little more broadly, or would that also be insulting?

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I wouldn't mention specific works by any of them. You could say something like, "There are multiple faculty with whom I could work, including A, B, C, and D, given our overlapping interests in X, Y, and Z." If you keep it to one or two sentences where you're listing names, it should be fine.

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