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May. 18th, 2005

Okay people, having a dilemma/crisis/crossroads/xor/notyesquestionmark/lostmythesaurus here.

I guess I bought tickets to the Reverend Horton Heat show at the engine room tomorrow night, bought them several months ago.  But it turns out I have one of those sword fighting classes from 8 till 10, and the show I believe starts at 8 as well.  I'm thinking that the show will start at 8, but the Reverend won't get onstage till maybe 10ish, maybe 10:30 or somesuch.  But I'd have to drive really quickly after the class, which is in Webster, to the Engine Room, which is downtown Houston.  I dunno if I want to go through all the hassle and end up paying for parking, and then only be there for maybe half of the set, and miss the opening bands (which could possibly include the supersuckers, I dunno).  But the money's out of my account for that ticket, and this would be the second time I've paid for and missed the Reverend I think... I've seen him once in New Orleans about 10 years ago (with the butthole surfers, tripping balls, great story) so it's not like I'll go emo if I don't see the show.

I need to figure out what I'm supposed to say when I ask a few professors to be on my dissertation comittee.  I'm not sure what I'm supposed to say exactly. I remember I was trying to figure out what to say to the professors I wanted letters of recommendation from as an undergrad, and trying to figure out what to say to my girlfriend's dad when I was going to ask him for her hand in marriage, and what I was supposed to say when I first started writing my dissertation.  In academia you have to learn what to say to people and how to say it, which I suppose has some sort of real-world use.  I'll be great at graduation parties and funerals, I guess.


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May. 18th, 2005 10:49 pm (UTC)
Say "I want you on my committee because..."

1. I highly value your scientific opinion and thought process
2. Your own field of research will give you a perspective on my own work that I will very much need to make progress
3. I think you're objective to my own scientific development.
4. You have an interest in seeing students make progress.

Hey.. you don't have to really BELIEVE this stuff, but its all boilerplate in asking them. Frankly, if they don't want to be on your committee, you'll know it the moment you ask them questions like this. And.. you don't WANT them on your committee if they're not willing to do the job.
May. 23rd, 2005 02:34 pm (UTC)
another thought.
Let me ask you...

One of the guys I'll be speaking to I've only conversed with via email up until now. Should I stick with email to talk to him about this or call him on the phone?

For that matter, it IS standard to ask everyone else in person, isn't it? Face-to-face seems much more professional.. OR, would I be better off having an email response from them to CC to my dept.?

My boss pretty much told me, "do it", and left it at that.
May. 23rd, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
Re: another thought.
Depends mostly on each professor. Its a very informal thing at my university, its a matter of if they want to or not. I think I asked my members by face, but that's because it was (back then) the easiest way to do it. Nowadays, I don't see anything wrong with approaching them by the same means you normally converse with them. So.. I'd say the email guy, ask him in email, AND give him the invite to "have a meeting" too so you can talk face to face. You want all of them to be face to face anyways.

An oral agreement should be enough. Though, my place has a form you fill out and have the members sign saying they're agreeing to being on your committee. Just paperwork.
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