NOTES: Since interviews typically last 20-30 minutes at most, select approximately 10 of these questions for actual use.  Remember that our wiki assignment is designed to provide support materials FOR RESEARCH, so be sure to include some questions about the interviewee’s research topics, experience and/or practices.

Why did you choose this field?

What made you choose your topic of research?

Is passion or pragmatism more important?

What associations do you belong to? Which ones are the most helpful in your work?

What’s changed since you started research?

How did you prepare for grad school?

What resources do you use in your research?

What applications does your research have?

Where do you see your research in ten years? What’s your vision?

What’s do you feel is your greatest accomplishment?

What skillsets do you find useful in your field?

What professional journals or other materials do you read?

Who or what inspires you?

What has been your biggest challenge in your research?

Can you briefly describe your research process?