Philip Guo (Phil Guo, Philip J. Guo, Philip Jia Guo, pgbovine)

Office Hours and UCSD Student FAQ

Spring 2020: since we're doing everything online due to COVID-19 issues, there will be no office hours. UCSD students/affiliates can email me with questions, but please expect a significant delay in responses due to current conditions that we are all coping with.

The best way to meet with me is at office hours. I'm happy to talk about anything you want there, but it's hard to schedule meetings with me at other times.

During office hours, if people are already here, come right on in. Do not just wait outside. You can either join the conversation or hang out in my office until I get to talk to you. You'll likely learn something unexpectedly cool, and you might even chime in to help your peers better than I can, especially about student life issues. (I got this group office hours idea from Scott Klemmer.)

If you prefer to speak confidentially about a truly private matter (not just one that you think would bore others), let me know when you arrive. We can arrange to speak privately 1-on-1 at the end of office hours.

FAQ for UCSD Students (maybe useful for others too)

Q: How can I ask for a recommendation letter?

Read Asking for Recommendation Letters

Q: How can I get a job in a research lab on campus?

This is the most common question I get. Here are some ideas:

  • Take upper-division courses, project-based courses, or even graduate courses, do well in them, then ask the professor at the end of the term whether there are available opportunities.
  • Find any professor's office hours that you're interested in, even if they're outside of your department. Then go visit their office hours and ask for opportunities. Even if they don't have any job openings, they might be able to give you valuable advice.
  • Find professor's lab webpages and look for postdocs (postdoctoral researchers), research scientists, research staff, lab technicians, graduate students (Ph.D. students, masters students), and then cold-email them to ask for opportunities. They will usually be easier to reach than professors.
  • You can also directly cold-email professors, but your chances of getting a response are lower. Don't be discouraged if they don't respond; keep trying to find new opportunities.
  • Look for newly-hired professors (often called assistant professors) since they may be looking to grow their new lab.
  • Again, be willing to look outside of your department for opportunities.
  • If any professors are giving special talks or guest lectures on campus, attend and go up to them afterward to ask for relevant opportunities.
  • If you have friends who currently work in a research lab, try to get them to introduce you to the relevant graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, or professors.

Q: How can I get an internship or job related to HCI/UX/Design?

Check out HCI/UX/Design Jobs for New College Grads