Thank you for your interest in my imaging research at the University of Michigan. I have been in the EECS Department here since 1995, and over these many years I have been enjoying the privilege of working with a diverse group of creative and bright undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs from all around the world. You can see the dissertations and current positions of all of these students here. I have also mentored several terrific postdoctoral fellows; you can see their current positions here.
To get a feeling about what are the current projects in my group, look at our in-press papers and recent conference papers. Reading the "future work" section of any recent paper or thesis on my web page is a reasonable way to see possible future directions. However, every member of my group is unique and I work with each person to find a project that suits their interests.
Every year I get numerous emails with the question
"will there be any openings in your lab next year?"
My web page shows that I have graduated at least one PhD student every year since 2003, often 2 or 3 students per year. So it is logical to think that I must recruit one or more new PhD students every year! Naturally I prefer to work with students who think logically.
If you email me to express interest in joining my group, please include one of the following keys in the subject line: [fessler-intern] or [fessler-phd] or [fessler-postdoc] or [fessler-visitor] as appropriate to your situation. Also include your name in the subject line.
Instead of attaching a resume to your email, the best way to promote yourself is to make a web page that describes yourself and highlights your skills, and then include the URL for that web page in the email. If you email me this URL and use the appropriate subject line, then I will look at your web page. If you are a PhD applicant, then I will certainly consider you for financial aid decisions that are made in the Spring.
If you are a prospective post-doc or visitor, then please also create a Google scholar entry for yourself. It is helpful for prospective mentors/employers.
I will ignore any emails sent to me
that disregard the above requests,
because I guess such students have not read this page
and might be sending mass emails
rather than really trying to find an adviser
whose interests match theirs!
I do not read resumes sent to me in Microsoft formats.
Here are many reasons why not.
For the most part, I focus my time on my current students. In particular, I cannot answer the question "what are my chances of admission." Your chances will be improved by applying!
Please understand that after you are in a graduate program, you will be glad if your adviser spends his or her time working with you instead of responding to numerous emails from prospective students. I hope you understand.
If you are embarking on research,
this short article about the importance of stupidity
should be required reading.
Here is another article about failing.
Here is an article about the common "imposter syndrome"
Here is a book on Mastering your PhD: survival and success in the doctoral years and beyond
At some point you will get to attend conferences to present your research. Here is an article about networking at conferences that will help you realize you are not alone.
If you are a UM undergraduate student
interested in performing undergraduate research experience
with my group,
use the subject line
along with your name,
and attach a pdf of your transcript (unofficial is fine)
so I can see what courses you have taken.
Also consider the advice above about resumes and web sites.
I encourage undergraduate women to consider the Marion Sarah Parker program and to contact me if that interests you, even if I have not (yet) listed a project on their web site.