Students' Guidelines

This is a set of guidelines for students working or intending to work on research projects under my supervision. They apply mostly to graduate students, especially if supported by a research grant, but some of them are generally applicable, even to undergraduate students.

Weekly meetings

To organize my, and your, time, I usually set weekly time slots to meet with each of my students. In addition, I also have weekly group meetings to discuss papers or research directions for our projects.

Please be punctual at these meetings, and bring with you a pen (or favorite writing instrument), a notepad (or paper, or notebook), and your calendar (in whatever form you keep it, this is useful to schedule additional meetings, if needed).


You will occasionally have to make presentations to our research group or to much larger audiences.

If you are making a presentation here, it is your responsibility to reserve the room (using the reservation book in the main office).

You should use a laptop and a projector.

You should always practice your presentation by yourself first, then maybe in front of one or two colleagues. It is fundamental to be able to deliver your ideas clearly and in the allotted time, allowing for questions and answers during and after your presentation.


While it is technically possible to work from home, doing so is often counterproductive, as it makes it difficult to have the extemporaneous meetings and interactions that are so important when working in a research group. For this reason, you have been assigned a desk and a computer for your exclusive use.

You should schedule your work day so that you are in your office at the very least during the standard office hours, 9:00am to 5:00pm, unless of course you are in class or at lunch.

Email etiquette

Email is the main vehicle for brief communications in our profession.

You should check your email frequently, and reply promptly.

Last updated: January 8, 2014. Report suggestions and problems to: