Professors' reputation

<p>What are the ways you can find out about a certain professor's reputation?
I can't just approach the professor and ask, "How much reputation do you have?" That would be strange...
Please tell me if you know how.
Thank you.</p>

<p>Try asking other people in the field... your professors or the people who are writing letters of recommendation for you. How prestigious are the journals that the professor is publishing in? Have they won any awards?</p>

<p>Are there any other better ways? I can't follow your suggestion; I'm going into my second year on September, so I don't have any profs writing LORs for me, yet. The only prestigious journals I know of for my field Biochemistry are Nature and Science. And roughly all the profs in my department have won some kinds of awards. What kinds of awards should I use as a measure for finding out the degree of profs' reputation? The main reason I want to know this is because this will help me decide on what profs' courses to take and whom to work with for indepedent research for the rest of my undergrad career. I'm aware that LORs from prestigious profs have a much greater impact on grad school admission process than those from not-well-known profs.</p>

<p>Google their name. Go to their website look through their CV see how many publications they have as first author. See how many seminars they've given and where. If they've published in Science or Nature that's a good sign. Google the awards if you don't know what they are.</p>

<p>You uni prolly has a subscription to Thomson Scientific. Look at the Impact Factor of journals in biochemistry. Off the top of my head, J. Biol. Chem. and Biophysical Journal and most ACS journals should be somewhat prestigious. Of course, Science and Nature are prestigious in any field. Also look at how many citations they're getting for their top publications, and what socieities these people are in.</p>