As an advisor, I am looking to help students grow into productive, creative, interactive, independent scientists. I feel I can best succeed at the goal by:
I really enjoy interacting with my scientific colleagues, and I am keen on recruiting students who want to interact with me and others in the lab and department. Discussion of ideas over coffee, beer, lunch, lab meetings, and blackboards is fun. I anticipate that students in the lab will learn from and possibly collaborate with me, but also with each other and others in the intellectual communities that they form. Students cannot be afraid of constructive criticism—giving and receiving—because this helps us learn. Because seminars, brown bags, journal clubs, etc. are functions of a vibrant academic community, your attendance will be expected.
While I invite students to consider questions or work in systems closely related to the ones I pursue, this is definitely not a requirement. In fact, I will strongly encourage you to independently/interdependently form your own novel, interesting, answerable questions—with help and guidance from me (of course) and others. I do not assign dissertation projects to students. Instead, I will try to offer intellectual and financial resources to help you find your own path.