AquaLab@NU Research Interest Form
Thank you for your interest in the AquaLab research group!

While we cannot respond to every message we receive from prospective students, we most likely have positions available. If you are serious about working with us, please fill the following questionnaire. An impressive set of answers here is much more likely to result in a response and a virtual meeting to discuss your prospects for joining our group than almost all other forms of contact.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in computer systems at Northwestern, please apply to our Ph.D. program at

Beyond Northwestern, you may want to take advantage of the NU PhD Feedback Application Program (

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Name *
Email *
Current affiliation *
Link to CV or resume *
Link to Github/Bitbucket/OSS profile or Website *
Name one of your main achievements and explain your choice. *
What is one of the best book you have read? *
Provide an overview of the main idea and key contributions of the paper (one paragraph). *
Describe three strengths of the paper (one sentence each). *
Describe a major weakness of the paper's ideas, design, or methodology, and sketch a solution (one paragraph). *
What followup extension, new problem, or exciting use case can you imagine from reading this paper? Your goal should be to illustrate the depth that you understand the ideas, motivations, and/or technical aspects of the paper, and your capacity to generate new ideas (one or two paragraphs). *
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