When is the time to apply for RA positions for the Fall?

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r@dical
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When is the time to apply for RA positions for the Fall?

Postby r@dical » Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:32 pm

or at least inquire about it?

beginning of August? First week of school?

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Re: When is the time to apply for RA positions for the Fall?

Postby target » Mon Jul 16, 2012 12:14 am

how's about now?

r@dical
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Re: When is the time to apply for RA positions for the Fall?

Postby r@dical » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:50 pm

bump

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AVBucks4239
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Re: When is the time to apply for RA positions for the Fall?

Postby AVBucks4239 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 10:52 pm

Grow a pair and ask whoever you want to be a RA for. The sooner the better.

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monkey85
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Re: When is the time to apply for RA positions for the Fall?

Postby monkey85 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:01 pm

Ask now. While grades may be a factor in the RA selection process, mostly it is just interest in the field. Teachers hire whoever wants to work with them.

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Re: When is the time to apply for RA positions for the Fall?

Postby AVBucks4239 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:06 pm

monkey85 wrote:Ask now. While grades may be a factor in the RA selection process, mostly it is just interest in the field. Teachers hire whoever wants to work with them.

Agree. I just got hired to be a TA and she didn't even interview me because I've been slightly asking about it since April.

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Re: When is the time to apply for RA positions for the Fall?

Postby r@dical » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:18 pm

well I did ask in late May whether he had a summer RA and back then he said he did but to get back to him for the fall or spring. I guess I didn't want to seem like I was just pestering him for the position, since I have also been in email communication with him throughout the summer regarding other matters like courses, etc.

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Re: When is the time to apply for RA positions for the Fall?

Postby AVBucks4239 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:20 pm

r@dical wrote:well I did ask in late May whether he had a summer RA and back then he said he did but to get back to him for the fall or spring. I guess I didn't want to seem like I was just pestering him for the position, since I have also been in email communication with him throughout the summer regarding other matters like courses, etc.

Quit over-thinking it and just email the guy.

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Re: When is the time to apply for RA positions for the Fall?

Postby monkey85 » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:38 pm

And to be clear r@dical: we are rooting for you, albeit by prodding you forward with a burning-hot brand.

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Re: When is the time to apply for RA positions for the Fall?

Postby stewie27 » Tue Jul 17, 2012 2:42 pm

Any tips on how to cold email a professor that you haven't had/met before? Just explain why you're interested in their area and what they're working on now/if they'll have a fall RA? Attach a resume or wait until asked? Am I overthinking this or just being a pansy?




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