Before you apply
First learn about what we do. Think if this is what you really are interested in.
- We have a strong focus on fundamental science that originates from good experiments (not pure theoretical modeling).
- We do not do pure robot development. Instead, we build robots and use them as tools (besides many other tools) to discover scientific principles of complex locomotor-terrain interaction systems and in turn apply these principles to make robots move better.
- Scientific research (and any fundamental, creative work) is hard. If you just want an “experience” without much time to devote to it, look elsewhere.
- Due to limited time and resource, Prof. Li will only consider those that demonstrate serious interest.
We do not normally have funding for undergraduate & Master’s students, or visiting students / scholars.
How to apply
Send all the following information in a SINGLE email:
- A brief introduction of yourself
- Why you’d like to do scientific research
- Why you find our research interesting
- How you may contribute to and benefit from our group
- What your longer term career goals and aspirations are
- CV / resume
- Unofficial transcripts (college and above)
- IMPORTANT: Papers, slides, posters, etc. (if any) to show your research / project experience and skills
- For collaborative efforts, focus on your own work, but also explain what others did
- Send a download link if too large to attach
In addition to the above:
PhD & Master applicants
- Submit a complete official application via ME PhD / ME MSE / Robotics MSE by December 15 for Fall admissions
- We will make decisions by mid-Spring, after all applications are reviewed
- Spring admissions are normally not considered; but let me know if you have unusual circumstances
- In application form, list Prof. Chen Li as a faculty member of interest
- Feel free to mention other faculty as well, if you desire
- In statement of purpose, elaborate your interest in Prof. Chen Li’s lab
- For academic interests, choose Systems, Controls & Modeling (this is the lab’s primary area) or Robotics (secondary).
- Feel free to mention other areas as well, if you desire
- Prof. Li will NOT be able to pre-evaluate your application
Undergraduate / Master students already at JHU
- How many hours you plan to devote to lab research each week
- Take into account your other activities (e.g., classes) and do not over-commit
- When you plan to start and for how long do you plan to work in the lab
- Consider taking my class on locomotion mechanics to get a better idea of the field
- Brief summary of your achievements during PhD
- Your research plan in our lab
- Your career plan after postdoc training
- Contact information of at least three references
Visiting student / scholar applicants
- Period during which you’d like to visit
- How you will fund the visit
- J-1 VISA is required