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When should I start contacting potential college mentors?

Hi everyone! I'm really interested in doing research during college, and I've already identified some professors at my top-choice colleges who share my research interests. When should I start contacting them to express my interest and possibly establish a relationship before applying?

9 months ago

Hello! It's great that you're already thinking about research in college and identifying potential mentors. Ideally, you should start contacting professors after you've been accepted into the college, around the spring of your senior year in high school. This way, you'll have a better sense of which college you'll be attending, and it won't seem like you're trying to use the connection to improve your chances of admission.

However, it's never too early to start researching their work, staying updated on publications, and attending events like webinars or talks, if available. This will help you be more informed and prepared when you finally reach out to them. And, of course, when you do email them, make sure to express genuine interest in their work and ask relevant questions.

Best of luck on your college journey and future research ambitions!

9 months ago

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