1. Someone with a proven track record of graduating students in a reasonable amount of time.
2. Someone with a proven track record of graduating students in a reasonable amount of time.
3. Someone with a proven track record of graduating students in a reasonable amount of time.
4. Someone with adequate funding.
5. Often good to avoid the highly energetic assistant profs who have never had a student before; also advisable to avoid the big name high power guys who will use you as slave labor until your eyes bleed.
6. Nice to have some other students/post docs around. They provide great camraderie and guidance. Beware being the only one in a lab, but also beware being in a gymnasium-sized sweatshop of scientific discovery.
7. Someone who's not going to complain about you keeping liquor in your desk drawer. We covered a box-o-wine in aluminum foil, wrote "light sensitive" and "RNase-free only" on it, and put it on the shelf. Worked like a charm.
here here. the above list is right on.
- yes, you want your fellow students to have actually graduated on time
- you want someone who considers being your advisor a responsibility on their part as well as on yours (i.e. they are responsible for guiding you and getting you out in a reasonable amount of time with a reasonable project completed)
- look at how their former (and current) students feel
- look at how well they do (i.e. publish, go to meetings, etc)
- make sure you like them and they are "talk to-able" - you're gonna be talking to them/throwing ideas around with them for several years
- and make sure you like them
- and make sure there are other students around
i worked in a lab in which i was not fostered, and i felt physically ill entering every day. it was a nightmare.
i left that lab after a short period of time and went back to another lab i had worked in where i had fun every day. i loved going to work. that was a good environment, and a good mentor. and we're close even to this day.