I spend a lot of time reading and writing email.
I wish I had more time for advising my students, learning new
things, thinking about my research, and writing papers. Every message
I take the time to read chips away at that time; please respect this
fact when writing to me.
(If you're not sure how to email, or you're finding that emailing
professors is not getting you the results you want, consider reading this article on
how to email or these tips.)
Here is a quick, imperfect guide to emailing me.
I will do my best to reply promptly. Students have called me an Email
Ninja, but I make no promises.
- you have specific technical questions about my research (it's
always good to CC my coauthors in case they can answer a question
faster or better than I can)
- you're interested in a postdoc and might want to be on my list of
people I will notify if I have an opening (please note:
at this time, I don't have any open
positions, but updates will be posted here)
- you are attending a conference I might be attending (most years I go to ACL, EMNLP, NAACL if it's being held, and one or two others in machine learning, computational social science, or some other related topic) and want to set up a time to chat
- you are my academic descendant and would like to meet
Please do not email me if:
- you're interested in taking CSE 517 and want to get my permission (because you're not a PhD student in CSE); please come to the first lecture where I'll explain (i) that I'm open to letting more people in if space allows and (ii) how to get on the list of people I'll consider for add codes.
- you're considering applying for grad school at UW (Ph.D. or masters programs) but don't have any specific technical questions
(This is great, and I encourage you to apply! Go
for it, and feel free to discuss your research vision
and how it would fit into my group in your statement. I can't
give any feedback on your application before or after you apply,
but I do look for a small number of new Ph.D. advisees each year.
Please trust me that emailing me just to tell me that you're
applying will make absolutely no difference.)
- you're considering applying for grad school at CMU
(This is great!
Because I no longer work there, I can't really help you.)
- you're a student outside the US looking to be an intern or
a student looking to visit my group
(I'm very sorry, but I cannot
host you at this time, and I get a huge number of requests of
this kind. If you have a professor who thinks I should find a way
to make it work, please ask him/her to contact me on your
- you don't know me personally but would like to invite yourself as a visiting scholar at UW
If you are an undergraduate or masters student enrolled at UW and
would like to work on research with my group, please complete this challenge problem.
In general, I encourage you to apply if:
- you are a student at UW or any other school in or near Seattle,
and you think you have a role to play in my ARK, or
- you are an undergraduate enrolled in the US looking for a summer