Right. Don't do it. It looks fake. What's more, applicants often mention names that don't match with their interests--which is a clear negative signal.
I'm applying to econ phd this cycle and here's a question I have regarding sop:
Should I mention faculty members that I want to work with in sop? It seems people do this all the time but
- My professor told me this usually wouldn't do much good as anyone can just google for 5 min and drop down some names
- GS Lab RA manual also recommend against this (PhD Application * gslab-econ/ra-manual Wiki * GitHub)
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