Frequently Asked Questions
On this page I try to answer some of the questions I frequently receive via e-mail.
Are you taking new Ph.D or MS students?
Often. My willingness to take a new student is generally dependent on capacity and funding — I do not want to take a student that I cannot reasonably expect to be able to support. See the next question as well, and information for prospective students.
Do you have funding for me?
Unfortunately, I often do not know the answer to this question when it is most frequently asked. In the fall, I don't usually know what funding lines I will have available in the following fall. New grants may hit throughout the year, possibly as late as summer.
I usually prioritize funding Ph.D students over funding M.S. students.
I would like to do a Ph.D/M.S. at Boise State. Can I join your group?
Possibly! However, faculty do not directly admit students: their applications are first processed by the admissions committee. I do not personally commit to students until the committee has first processed their application and I have had a chance to review their entire packet.
See information for prospective students for many more details.
Do you have paid internships available?
Are you hiring postdocs?
Not usually. If I have an open postdoc opportunity, I will publicly list it.
I am sometimes interested in helping with proposals to fund a post-doc to work with our group, but am much more likely to do this with someone I already know, for example through a conference.
Can I spend the summer or a semester with your group?
Possibly! There are two requirements that need to be filled for me to consider this:
- You have funding to support your stay.
- There is a clear goal that is mutually beneficial.
In your initial e-mail, answer both of these questions.