Questions regarding your interests in the field?

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namvuong
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Questions regarding your interests in the field?

Postby namvuong » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:00 pm

I recently accepted an offer to the Ph.D program in a university. The director of graduate studies contacted me and noted that "you may want to contact Prof. X for any questions regarding your interests in the field". As the title indicated, I want to ask what kind of questions can I ask?

Let me clarify the situation a little bit. I majored in Algebraic Topology and my bachelor dissertation was on this topic, too. But like other fields, Algebraic Topology has many topics to study. Prof. X seems to be interested in my achievement and dissertation (he contacted me before the offer was made). However, I have to say that I do not see the connection between my knowledge and his recent articles. So I really want to ask if he can illustrate his topics. But I am afraid this question could leave a bad impression as this is a matter I can figure out myself (but having someone point it out is nicer).

To sum up,

1) Can I ask him to illustrate his work because I do not see the connection?
2) What are the questions I can and should ask?

Thank you in advance

Yello
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Re: Questions regarding your interests in the field?

Postby Yello » Mon Feb 11, 2019 2:11 pm

If your question is sophisticated enough (which seems to be the case now), they will be very happy to help you see the connection. Mathematicians live for these kinds of conversations.




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