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Emory Undergraduates

I am an Emory undergraduate interested in working with you. Do you have a project I could work on?

Thank you for your interest! I typically host one, at most two undergraduate students in my lab at any time. Write me an email, and I will let you know if a space is available. In your email, make sure to tell me the following:

  • What subjects are you interested in?
  • What computer languages are you most comfortable with? (Note that i cannot take undergraduate students who don't program)
  • What research have you done previously and has any of it been published?
  • How many hours per week do you expect to work, and for how many months? Note, that I don't take students who are not willing to commit to at least a year working with me.
  • Are you interested in research credits? Getting paid? Or are you volunteering?

If I can take a student at this time, I will provide you with some test problem to solve on a computer, in a language of your choice. If you do it well, you and I will meet to discuss expectations and possible projects, and you will be able to join the group if we reach an agreement.

Undergraduates at another university

I am an undergraduate at university X. Will you host me for a research project over the summer?

Thanks for your interest! I get many emails such as yours, and I cannot make time commitments to students I've never met or worked with. I only take summer undergraduate researchers if they apply through and are selected to be a part of the Emory SURE program.

I am an undergraduate at university X. I am interested in doing graduate studies in your group. Can I join your group?

Thank you for your interest! I usually take one graduate student per year, combined, from all graduate programs I am a member of. However, at Emory, students don’t apply to work directly with a certain faculty member, but rather they apply to a graduate program. If a student is admitted, and passes all of the required classes and exams, he or she can then join a research group in a year or two after starting within the graduate program. Thus I encourage you to apply to Emory graduate programs, but usually I cannot answer questions about if I would accept a particular student into my group until I have worked with the student for a few months, and have a better understanding of the student's interests, capabilities, and fit for my group. Also, if the student is not funded by a fellowship, I need to know if I have funds to support the student for a few years, which won't be known until about a year or two after the student joins our programs.

I take students from the following graduate programs:

Different programs have different admission requirements, and you should explore the relevant sections of the above web sites.

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