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

Read This Before Cold-Emailing Me

If you are a UCSD student, please do not email me about anything related to classes or scheduling. Talk to our awesome cogsci admins Thanh Maxwell or Katy Schoeneweis if you are an undergrad, or Beverley Walton if you are a grad student. Thanks!

I have one simple request for cold emails*:

If you want me to respond to your cold email, make sure I can read AND respond to it within one minute.

Otherwise I will probably not respond. It's nothing personal; it doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with your email. I simply don't have time to respond to every email that I receive.

There are only three exceptions to this policy:

  • I know someone who knows you.

  • You are affiliated with UCSD (except for class-related emails).

  • You are from a professional organization that I belong to.

If you want to send me a longer email, the best strategy is to first send me a super-short teaser to see if I respond positively. Here is a good example.


*This policy applies only to cold emails; if I contacted you first or personally know you, then your email to me is no longer “cold.”