Note to prospective interns and students
This may sounds a bit excessive to some. But I get a lot of emails, many of which are very similar to each other. This is an attempt to extract some useful signal from your email so your effort in writing to me is not entirely wasted.
What I look for in a student
- good verbal communication (for daily interaction)
- good written communication (for daily interaction)
- clarity of thought / systematic thinking
- attention to detail
- reliability / accountability
- good coding skills
- good Theory of Mind
- good professional writing skills (e.g., able to write a reasonable abstract or a paper draft)
If you believe you have all of the above, and are interested in working with me, please send me an email in the following format. Please keep your email as succinct as possible.
- Subject: [position] [time], where [position] = MS, Ph.D., intern, etc., [time] = Fall 20xx, Spring 20xx, May-December 20xx, etc.
- Link to your github page
- Links to your code repositories that you believe are significant and done well
- Link to your webpage
- Link to your CV
- List three highlights from your CV – past experiences, projects, GPA, past institution, past mentors/advisors – anything from your professional background that you believe make you particularly well-suited for a position in my lab and hence I should make sure I don’t miss.
- What do you believe is your biggest strength? What percentile would you place yourself at in this regard amongst your peers and why?
- What do you believe is your biggest weakness? What percentile would you place yourself at in this regard amongst your peers and why?
- In what way have you improved the most in the last year? How?
- Along what weakness have you not improved but you think that’s fine / is low priority, and why?
- Take an existing VQA model, analysze its predictions, and share three insights on what you found. Back it up with stats + plots/figures/examples.
If I see a good potential match, I will follow up with further details about the interview process.
Thank you for your interest!