Project sign-up

After we announce our projects for the term, we get many emails from students. Some write too short (“I am interested in your project”), others too long(their whole career plan in a page, ending with some specific question or request somewhere in the mail). They both sit in the inbox waiting to be answered (what …

Email Etiquette

I have been bothered by the tone or content in some emails I receive. When you want to meet, you should not say “…. when are you free?” This is a bit too direct or impolite (I have double checked with my kids and colleagues) – instead you should ask “do you have any time …

To undergraduates

Since we receive so many emails, it would help if you use the subject wisely to enable search. For ENS491 requests – please write ENS4912 on the subject line Particular class – please add its code (CS412) and also particular homework/quiz name (Homework1 or Quiz1) so we can search for anyone who is writing about …

Yeşil Pasaport

Vakıf üniversitelerindeki akademisyenlere bazı şartları sağladıkları takdirde yeşil pasaport hakkı çıktı. Bu konuda bilgileri yazayım dedim. Yine de doğrulayın ama: Her şehirde sadece İl Nüfus Müdürlüğünden veriliyor, ama başka şehirlere gidebiliyorsunuz (biz Sakarya’dan alıyoruz, Ist %100 dolu). Çocuklarınızı da götürmeniz gerekiyor (web sayfasında biraz karışık anlamlı bir cümle olsa da) Üniversitenin her sene Nüfus Müdürlüğüne …

GRADUATE STUDENTS: EXPECTATIONS, RIGHTS, ADVICE

Here are some advice and information about rights and expectations that especially starting grad. students may find useful. More senior students may benefit from presentation and paper writing tips I give over and over to my students: Choosing your advisor, topic, and starting your research: 1. Choose the right topic: I suggest that you work …

Advice for Undergraduates

1. Pick the right program: You have a great opportunity at SU. Try to reduce your choices to two programs, take their introductory courses, audit some if necessary (even a few lectures may be enough to give you an idea), and choose a program that you like and that you will find “easy”. You cannot …

Doing good work

It is the reference letter season and I will write here what I often find myself repeating to students working with me on projects. Good communication skills, good work discipline and grit are just as important as intelligence in an employee or grad. student. A student who is very good academically, but who doesn’t show …