Sending an email to professor during Graduate School admission process will increase the chances of getting admission with scholarship.
Dr. Vivek Pai Associate Professor have written a page that talks about Do and Dont’s about writing Email for professors about admission, research and funding.
Typically every student sending an email is expecting 2 things
- Will I get admission?
- Can I get financial aid?
Read the Email reply from a Professor to a Prospective International student planning to apply to Masters in Electrical Engineering.
Professor’s are very busy and they don’t usually reply to all Prospective student, unless you are applying for PhD.
Majority of prospective student will be writing an email to Professors in other countries for the first time.
Most International students are not used to writing email in Professional way (without typos and grammar mistakes).
It’s hard for anyone to respond to email written with mistakes. People spend lot of time analyzing how to write the perfect emails to make a sale or close a deal. Even they find it hard to get response to their email. Think about your chance, someone writing to professor for the first time?
Most of the students ask for Financial Aid within first few sentences in first email. That clearly shows your ignorance.
Dr Vivek has some strong words for students applying for Graduate School those send email asking about Grad School admission and financial aid.
I’m not looking for slave labor, nor am I looking for programming drones. The ideal student for me is some combination of being bright and being hard-working. Coupled with this is the desire to actually pursue research, which is some catch-all term for investigating an area where you don’t have all of the answers. I’d rather deal with someone who’s willing to be a little risky and come up with nothing than someone who’s willing to risk nothing and comes up with nothing exciting.
Research by its nature is an inherent gamble. However, it’s a risk that can be managed – if you aim for something ambitious, you may not graduate in four years. However, when you do graduate, chances are that you’ll have far more interesting options than someone who just wanted to get out as quickly as possible.
That being said, I also want someone who is practical – a working incomplete system is far more useful than a complete but non-working system. So, some amount of programming is almost always needed in order to get your PhD. In fact, chances are good that you’ll do a fair bit of programming on your own projects. Such is life.
If you are in processing of applying to schools in US, you should read his graduate school application guide.