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看下来感觉就是要学术套,针对每个教授来。

跟教授说我programming多么好还是慎用吧。

作者: Sanjoy Das, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University

Ph.D. 1994, Louisiana State University.

Evolutionary algorithms, neural networks,

artificial intelligence, discrete optimization.

International applicants seeking assistantship/admission: please do not

send me emails blindly without reading this

Every day I receive emails from international candidates for information,

for advice, and especially requesting financial assistance. Unfortunately, I

delete most of them without even reading them carefully. I get so many

irrelevant emails that cannot reply to each. Extremely rarely has one

caught my attention. Please do not send me emails without reading this

first. I am only interested in corresponding to candidates who are

exceptional, and have a strong interest and experience in my immediate

area of specialization, and I highly prefer ones with a Master's degree.

Here are two sample letters:

A sample letter that will never get the candidate an assistantship with me:

Unwanted email

Respected sir,

I am very interested in going to the US for higher studies. I am seeking

admission and financial assistance in your esteemed University. I am

very interested in artificial intelligence and computer architecture. I have

programming experience in C++, C and java. I am also familiar with

several software packages in the Windows environment (MS Word, Excel

Spreadsheet etc.). I also have networking certification from NOVELL. My

GRE score is 2050, and I got 99 percentile in the TOEFL exam.

I request you to spare a few moments from your precious time to go

through my attached resume.

Sir - if you are kind enough to offer me assistantship, I promise to work

very hard for you. I have a very good academic record since primary

school. Alternately, can you tell me what are my chances of getting

assistantship from your department?

Can you kindly inform me about the last dates for Summer term 2002

before which I can apply?

Thank you for your valuable time,

Yours obediently

ABC

My comments: I simply delete these emails, which I consider garbage .

The person seems to be too obsequious and flattering. In the emails that

I do read (occasionally), I do a first scan for keywords like "precious",

"respected" etc. deleting the email if I find one. Obviously the person is

not professional enough. The person is interested in artificial intelligence

and computer architecture - these are quite unrelated areas, making me

think that he is trying to cover as many professors as possible to get aid

from any possible source. Besides, he does not have anything in support

of his claim (about his interest in artificial intelligence). He emphasizes on

his software skills, making me think that his goal is to get a programming

job in the US and higher studies is only to allow him access to the US job

market. His GRE scores are OK, but not exceptional. He asks me to tell

him what his chances of getting an assistantship are, elsewhere in the

department. I have absolutely no way of finding that out, and even if I

knew, I would not bother to reply back. He also asks me to give him

information about summer deadlines. How am I supposed to know that?

(I would typically expect that this information should be available from

the University web site, or from the grad school, but my guess is as good

as yours.) Finally, this letter is too generic . He probably uses exactly the

same format for hundreds of email letters to various professors

throughout the country, leaving no stone uncovered. I receive hundreds

of email like this. Regretfully, I cannot answer everyone, and these

applications do not interest me at all.

Now, here is a letter that would DEFINITELY attract my attention:

Excellent email

Dear Prof. Das,

I am applying to KSU (amongst other places) for a Ph.D., and I am very

interested in your research areas. I would like to explore the possibility of

doing my research with you, with financial support.

One possible area that would interest me a lot is in applying Tikhonov

regularization to your problem in computational neuroscience, since I

understand that neural data can be very noisy, and yet sparse.

Alternately, I am also interested in applying evolutionary algorithms to

your genetic neural network parameter estimation. One of my other

interests in in parallel processing. Are you considering parallel

implementations for any of your optimization/estimation algorithms?

Considering that the projects that you list in your web site would probably

be very computationally intensive, that may be a worthwhile strategy to

pursue.

I presented a paper entitled "Hybrid Gradient Descent Based Training of

Probabilistic Recurrent Networks" in the International Conference on

Neural Networks and Image Processing, Bangalore, last year. It is a

reviewed publication. If have attached a copy of the article in pdf format.

If you have available funds, and are interested in my application please

let me know soon.

XYZ

My comments: This is a straightforward letter from someone with a

genuine interest in my area . He is an exceptional candidate. He has

evinced a keen desire to learn, and already has considerable mastery

over my area of research . If I have any funding available, I would

definitely try my very BEST to get this person . This person may have an

MS degree, while many applicants have only a BS degree.


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