I got some who were extremely non-committal, several who were interested but had no slots/funding available and others who didn't think my idea fit their research plans.
The really positive ones wanted to talk with me in more detail and explore how I might fit with their program. I ended up having lengthy e-mail and phone conversations with several of them. As mentioned, my application was accepted at all seven of those departments. (Indiana, Missouri, Idaho, Maine, Clemson, SUNY-ESF, Ball State)
FWIW, not one professor said anything to indicate they were displeased by the existence of my inquiry.
Last edited by polarscribe; 07-24-2011 at 11:26 PM.