I get a large amount of email. If I responded to all of these messages I would have no time left for research, teaching and advising doctoral students. Before sending me a message, please check whether your inquiry may be addressed by one of the frequently-asked questions below. Paul Graham's email disclaimer applies.

  • Scheduling appointments
  • Ph.D. admissions
  • Research assistantships
  • Visiting researchers
  • Recommendation letters and references
  • Research internships for undergraduates
  • Career Advice

Scheduling appointments

Often my heart says yes, but my schedule says no.

To schedule an appointment , please send me an email message telling me what the meeting is about, how long you expect it to take, and any time constraints you have for scheduling a meeting. My default for those who want to "get coffee" is to say no at this point unfortunately. My schedule gets fairly full, so it's best to list constraints at least a couple of weeks out.

Ph.D. admissions

I get a lot of email about PhD admissions.

All the information you need on applying for admission to MS&E graduate programs is available on the Web. 

I don't want to re-invent the wheel and in our sub-group in MS&E the PhD program is very similar to HBS and MIT Sloan in terms of the types of candidates we seek, the research and the career progression. They have excellent websites about what doing a PhD in Management is like. When I was applying the Businessweek Forums website had an excellent thread on doing a PhD in business, which I would recommend finding if it is still there (strategyphd has done a great job there).

First I would recommend checking out from the library the book Getting What you Came For. This book benefited me greatly when starting to apply to doctoral programs.

Second, Abhishek Nagaraj at UC-Berkeley has a great resource for PhD applications.

Greg Mankiw has an excellent series of posts under the heading of "Advice to Students" on pursuing a PhD related to economics that transfer well to our area of MS&E although we take people with sociology, engineering, psychology and more diverse backgrounds as well. Mostly, please keep in mind that the PhD is a research degree for those who want to become researchers in academia.

You can get a sense of my research by reading some of my papers on this website.

PhD admissions in our group within the department are done by a committee, which processes all applications and decides on admissions for the entire group. Individual faculty members do not accept students directly into their research groups, so sending me an email about your application will not increase your chances of getting admitted into the program. Note that admission into the Ph.D. program is extremely competitive, since we get many more qualified applicants than we can accept.

Find out more about our PhD program here: http://stvp.stanford.edu/research

After you are accepted into the program by this committee, feel free to contact me regarding research opportunities. 

Research assistantships

Mostly I work with PhD students. I very occasionally hire an undergraduate or masters student as a research assistant. 

Teaching assistant applications are handled centrally by our group. In no case will I hire a teaching assistant for one of my classes who has not taken that class.

Visiting researchers, postdocs, and summer interns

Due to a variety of constraints I am not able to accommodate any new visiting researchers in my group at this time. I also do not take on summer interns from outside of Stanford unless they come through the Stanford-Tsinghua UGVR program.

Recommendation letters and references

I'm happy to provide recommendation letters and/or serve as a reference for students who have taken a class from me, worked with me as a research assistant and for my undergraduate advisees. In order to write a letter I need the following:

  • Your Stanford transcript (unofficial axess version is fine)
  • Copy of your "statement of purpose" for graduate school admission letters
  • A couple of paragraphs summarizing any research or projects that you have done with my group.
  • The forms I need to fill out if there are any

Please send me the materials at least two weeks before the letter of reference is needed.

Career Advice

I've answered a number of questions on Quora.com around these issues. A sample of these are below:

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to How do you know if you've discovered your passion? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to What's it like being on Stanford's quarter system? Is there free time for entrepreneurs to build things? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to How can one become a Professor without a Ph.D.? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to How does Stanford MS&E graduate program compare to a MBA from top universities? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to I absolutely believe in my product, but since it's a novel concept, I'm not 100% sure it will deliver the results I expect. I have this absolutely terrifying fear of "what if it fails?" Will I be seen as a fraud? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to I have an idea to sell advertising in (for example) 1000 hair salons, to interested companies. Problem is the ads will be a bit intrusive, so I know some hair salons will not accept. What to do if I can't get enough salons after I sell the service? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to Is it better to become a entrepreneur right after college or should I go work for a company first to gain experience? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to How do you get mentors and an advisory board? What do you tell them to get them on? What all to keep in mind? What do you offer how often do you interact? Any best practices real life advice? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to What is the future of academia? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to What's the importance of a teacher in today's internet-dominated age? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to I'd like to do financial research in an academic (or similar) environment, but I'm not sure that a PhD is the right fit. What other options do I have for a career that would allow me to do this? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to Who are the best professors to serve as advisors in Stanford's MS&E department? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to Will my career options and growth be limited with only a master's in management science and engineering from Stanford University as opposed to an MBA from a top-10 school? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to What does Stanford University look for in a student? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to Stanford MS&E or top 4 MBA for transitioning from corporate law to management in tech companies? on Quora

Read Chuck Eesley's answer to What are some ways to foster entrepreneurship? on Quora