Applicant Questions
What are the qualifications you look for when selecting applicants?

Our key criterion is promise for a productive research career.  We look for past productivity (the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior), so we look both at the number of publications and the quality of the journal (as well as the quality of the paper).  We also evaluate this based on letters of recommendations (for example, some applicants have few publications but their faculty letters explain if there are external reasons for this).  We also look for the faculty’s evaluation of the applicant.  We look carefully at their statement of interest which can tell us something about the quality of their thinking and their ability to convey their plans concisely in writing, and finally we consider the fit between what they want and what we can offer.