Dear Prospective Graduate Student,
First, thank you for your interest in my research and Texas State University. For the last ~5 years (since 2010), I have had somewhere between 7 – 10 graduate students at any one time, both Ph.D. and M.S. students. While I am always looking ahead to recruiting the next graduate student, please bear in mind that my lab is fairly full so at best I will take on 1-2 new students a year.
With that in mind, you may ask what it takes to have the opportunity to join my lab. There is no magical solution and sometimes it is all about timing as funding opportunities and matriculation of students vary and therefore openings in my lab are not on a regular basis. If you are interested in joining my lab, please contact me at claygreen (at) txstate (dot) edu and send along a brief statement of research interest and your curriculum vitae/resume. Sending this information gives me an opportunity to see if our research interests match and helps me decide what kind of opportunities may be available in my lab. I will contact you in return and likely request either a phone or face-to-face (ideal) interview if there is mutual interest in you attending graduate school at Texas State University and joining my lab.