So in preparation for Evolution 2009, I've been highlighting all the different professors I'm potentially interested in for grad school. There are actually a handful from my list (yes, I have an excel file going for the grad school search, shush) who will be attending, so I'm pretty excited. At the very least I'm going to go to their talks and try to introduce myself afterwards. Some of my current top picks will be there, so I'm hoping I like them personality-wise. That is, their research seems awesome, but I hope they're friendly/nice/interesting/etc.
Any advice on how to approach random professors at conferences and show your interest about grad school? My current prof told me to be a "persistent stalker" since popular professors are usually swamped with people trying to talk to them. Does this require a net? Tranquilizers? Bribery with coffee? I'm just afraid I'm going to go into Utter Social Awkwardness Mode, which happens every once in a while. I don't want to come off as too interested, since I'm not dead set on any of them, but I don't want to seem too casual either. *fret fret fret*