Many feel unequipped when it comes time to find a professor to act as research director. While this step may seem daunting, a steadfast approach will open many doors.
Address professors you want to work with by personalizing your communications. Show them that you don’t just want to work with anyone, you have specific reasons for wanting to work with this person. Make sure to promote yourself, like you would in a job application.
You can write to more than one professor, but it would not be appropriate to write to all the professors of a department. Increase your chances for consideration by contacting only professors with whom you have compatible research interests. If your interests are not limited to a single field, do not only undertake steps with your home department, as other related departments can sometimes provide very interesting alternatives.