Questions for all the professors on this site: Have you ever been approached by an undergrad for a research position who has already read at least a few of your published works and has a very basic understanding of their contents? How does this student look in your eyes? Does it creep you out? When I explain to a professor that I've read such and such paper they have published and that it's an area of interest to me, I'm met with a kind of shock-and-awe, followed by a brief moment of respect, then a slight feeling of mistrust. Of course regardless they're always happy to talk about it. But I get the feeling that the other students don't do that. I guess they just float into a professor's group who they like on a social level first and foremost. And most professors here seem to prefer that.