Template email for contacting professors BEFORE you apply to their program:

Dear Dr. Watson

My name is Prospective Student and I am interested in applying to Vanderbilt’s PhD program in the Psychological Sciences. I am interested in your work on prosody in language production, and I am applying to the program because I am especially interested in joining your laboratory as a team member. I’m especially excited about the work you’re doing on psychological models of speech production and how they predict prosodic timing.

I think I’d make a great fit for the program! In addition to having taken courses in computer science, psychology, and linguistics, I have experience working as an undergraduate research assistant in Prof. Advisor’s lab working on a project looking at individual differences in reading.

I’m writing to see if you’ll be taking graduate students this year. I’ve attached my CV for your consideration. Thank you for your time, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Prospective Student
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What makes is good, from a professor's perspective: "It tells me who the person is (include that CV!). It demonstrates that the student actually knows what my lab does, which suggests that they might be a good fit. Finally, it conveys enthusiasm, which makes ME enthusiastic about looking into their application."


Funding for graduate students at the U 

1) Graduate Preparation Institute

2) AFRICAN AMERICAN DOCTORAL SCHOLARS INITIATIVE


Funding for undergrads apply to grad school

1) Hispanic Graduate Fellowship Program

Summer Research Programs 

1) SUMMER PROGRAM FOR UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (SPUR)

2) Native American Summer Research Internship (NARI)

Funding for undergrads to travel 

1) TRAVEL & SMALL GRANTS: OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

2) ASUU Travel Funding: Must be a member of a student group such as our group, DGSAA. 

Awards 

1) Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

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