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

Read This Before Cold-Emailing Me

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 probably won't respond, or I'll send you to this page. It's nothing personal. It doesn't mean that there's anything wrong with your email; in fact, your email could be great! But I don't have time to respond to every email that I get.

There are only three exceptions to this policy:

  • I know someone who knows you.
  • You are from a professional organization that I belong to.
  • You are affiliated with UCSD (see next section).

If you want to send me a longer email, the best strategy is to first send me a super-short email to see if I want to request more info.


If you are a UCSD student:

  • Please do not email me about class registration or scheduling. Talk to Thanh Maxwell or Katy Schoeneweis (undergrad advisors), or Beverley Walton (grad advisor).
  • If you'd like to chat in person, come to my office hours. It's very hard for me to schedule other times to meet.

*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.”