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Admissions Getting prepared for a short-period visit in a research group

  1. Feb 5, 2017 #1
    Recently, I have applied for a Ph.D. position in a research group abroad. I have received an invitation as a respond to my request for a visit for a one week to their research lab.

    Actually, I am very interested in joining their research group and I have accepted the invitation. Could anyone advise me please what should I anticipate? What should someone do or can present in this very short period of time to convince the PI that's he is the right candidate for this position? Should I participate in the research work during this week in the lab? Things to discuss with the PI, etc

    Any advice and ideas are much appreciated...
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  3. Feb 6, 2017 #2

    Andy Resnick

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    First- congratulations! I hope everything works out well.

    Without knowing any details, I recommend being prepared to jump in and participate as much as possible. Expect to talk about your prior expertise and experience, but definitely try and participate in the group's research activities.
  4. Feb 7, 2017 #3


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    I would strongly recommend you talk to the other students as much as possible. They will tell you about the group and what it is like to work there much more honestly than the PI. You're focused on how to convince the PI you're right for the job. Don't forget the PI needs to convince you his or her group is right for you.

    I ended up leaving a grad school in the first year because the world-famous PI wasn't a good person. Everything worked out fine for me but I lost a year. Try not to let that happen to you.
  5. Feb 14, 2017 #4
    Thank you so much Sirs for your advice and help...
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