FAQ for prospective students & post-docs

by Frédo Durand

MIT students looking for a UROP/MEng

I work with a number of MIT undergraduates and it is usually a lot of fun. If you're excited about graphics or photography, we might be able to find something exciting to work on together.

A programming experience is a huge plus, especially in C++ (but some projects involve Java or matlab). A majority of my projects are also math-heavy, but we can use a good hacker as well. If you have taken one of my classes (6.088 or 6.837) it will greatly help your case. Vision courses are also appreciated.

Prospective interns from other institutions

Q: Can I do a 3-months internship with you?
A: I have very rarely taken interns from other institution, and in general I have no funding for this. Exceptions have been recommended by someone I know or were coming from an institution I know well (e.g. E.N.S.).

In any case, showing that you have read this page as well as looked at my research topics is mandatory. I do not do nanotechnology, I am incompetent with robotics and I don't take interns in cybernetics. Include the password turlututu in the subject of your email to show that you have read this page. Otherwise, I will not read your email.

Prospective post-docs

Q: Do you have funding for post-doctoral researchers?
A: No.

Prospective graduate students

For most practical questions about the MIT EECS graduate program, please consult the EECS web page or contact Peggy Carney peggy@eecs.mit.edu.
If you have specific questions not addressed in this page, make sure you include the password "turlututu" in your email to show me that you have read this page. Otherwise I will not read your email.

Q: Are you looking for new graduate students?
A: Not too actively these days. I have enough graduate students, although I might recruit one more if I find a particularly exciting match.

Q: Does it help my graduate application to get in touch with you?
A: most likely not. The graduate admission process is handled by our graduate admission committee. You will be judged on your academic and research potential as indicated by your research statement and, above all, your recommendation letters.

Q: How can I make my application stronger?
A: Do research and make sure that you have recommendation letters from people who have supervised research. If English is not your native language, make sure you master it.

Q: Can your current graduate students help with my application?
A: Most likely no.

Q: Can you look at my resume and tell me if I might become your student?
A: I cannot do this for a number of reasons. First, we receive too many applications and I cannot comment on them all. Second, your resume is only one small part of your application. Finally, we have a standard procedure for admissions and I do not want to interfere with that process.

Q: Can I visit your lab?
A: Given the large number of applications we receive in computer graphics (around 100 per year) I cannot spend the time to meet with all applicants. I wish I had more time and could do it, but unfortunately such is not the case. Once you are admitted to our graduate program, we will organize a two-day visit and you will get to learn everything about MIT and chat with us and our grad students.

Q: I have applied. Can you comment on my application or tell how my chances look?
A: No. Our admission committee is looking at your application and will get back to you. I cannot comment before they take their decision. For any additional question, contact Peggy Carney peggy@eecs.mit.edu.