I cannot individually admit a student to the CS Dept at UT
Austin. All admission decisions are taken by a committee. I can
provide inputs to that committee, but the ultimate decision does not
rest with me.
If you do choose to email me before applying, make sure you follow
- Show that your email is meant for me, and is not just a mass
email sent out to a dozen faculty. Such emails get deleted
- Mention any relevant experience you have. For example: I used
to work in the kernel group at Microsoft. I did research with Prof X
in University Y. Just attaching your resume is not enough.
- Spell-check! You are about to enter graduate school, your emails
should look professional and organized.
I do not commit to supporting students with research
assistantships from just email conversations. Usually, once you are
admitted, we would have an in-person chat, and if it seems we are a
good fit, we would work on a project together. If that project goes
well, I will commit to supporting you as a research assistant.
Therefore, emails asking about scholarships/assistantships are
pointless -- you need to get admitted first.
Stuff in email that will catch my eye:
- You worked for a systems/storage company such as VMware/Pure
- You worked in the operating systems group at a company such as
- You have published a paper in a systems/architecture
- You have worked with a professor on a
- You have read one of my recent research papers and can
talk/write intelligently about it: future directions, how it relates
to something you have worked on before, etc.