Email Sample to Professor

1: Email Sample to Professor

Subject:  Meeting to discuss undergraduate research opportunities in topic

Dear Dr. Professor,

I am a year student at university majoring in major.  How you found out about the professor’s research.  Expression of interest in specific paper or topic.  I would appreciate the chance to talk with you about your research in topic of interest and about possible undergraduate opportunities in your lab.

My  experience in research experience or class, confirmed my intention to develop my research skills and goal. I know you are very busy. We could schedule an appointment or I can drop by your office hours on day and time.

I have attached my resume and unofficial transcript.  Please let me know if there is any other information I can provide. I look forward to talking to you soon.

Best,

Name

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2: Email Sample to Professor

Generalized from an email to a UCSC professor

Subject:  Possible undergraduate research opportunities

Dear Dr. Professor,

I am a (year, major) at (university) and I am writing to ask about opportunities for undergraduate research in your lab beginning (time period). I have conducted undergraduate research on (topic)with (names) in (program or class)(Expression of interest in the topic). I would like to continue a path of research on (topic) and would ultimately allow me to (career goal). I am especially interested in your previous work on (describe a paper or talk).

I have attached my CV and unofficial transcript to this e-mail, but if there is additional information that I have not included that you would like, I would be happy to provide it to you. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Ambitous Student
Email address

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3: Email Sample to Professor

From University of Virginia, How to Sucessfully E-mail Professors

Dear Dr. Smith,

My name is David Wu and I’m a second year biology major at UVa. In my introductory and upper-level coursework, I’ve developed a passion for science and am extremely interested in pursuing independent research as an undergraduate. An extensive research experience will greatly help me consolidate my future career choice.

I am personally greatly interested in the molecular biology of stem cells. Recently I read your 2011 paper on the role of microRNAs in the differentiation of muscle stem cells and became fascinated by your work. In particular, I found it amazing that microRNAs can alter the fate of a cell in such a profound way. If possible, I would love to start working on a long-term project in your lab beginning this summer.

Would you be available to meet sometime this week to discuss your research? I would also be happy to volunteer in your lab for a few weeks before we commit to anything to see if this is a good match. My transcript and resume are attached in case you are interested. I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you,

David Wu

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4: Email Sample to Professor

Template from UC Irvine Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Dear Professor X:

My name is Peter Anteater, and I am very interested in becoming involved in research in Subject Area. I am a X year student with a GPA of X. I have taken Courses and Additional Experiences. My goal is to Goal.

I have reviewed your faculty profile and am interested in the work that you have done. I was intrigued by your journal article, “Article Title.” It Additional Information about Topic. I would like to get involved in research in this area because it will help me to better prepare for Goals.

Would it be possible to meet with you to further discuss Topic and my possible involvement in research? I am available Days and Times. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Peter Anteater
Student ID
Address
Phone
Email

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5: Email Sample to Professor

Dear Professor X:

My name is Peter Anteater, and I am very interested in becoming involved in research in Subject Area. I am a X year student with a GPA of X. I have taken Courses and Additional Experiences. My goal is to Goal.

I have reviewed your faculty profile and am interested in the work that you have done. I was intrigued by your journal article, “Article Title.” It Additional Information about Topic. I would like to get involved in research in this area because it will help me to better prepare for Goals.

Would it be possible to meet with you to further discuss Topic and my possible involvement in research? I am available Days and Times. I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Peter Anteater
Student ID
Address
Phone
E-mail

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6: Email Sample to Professor

Subject: POL101 / Section 5: Question about essay

Dear Professor Fiji: 

I am a student in your Introduction to Political Science class (POL101). 

I have a question about the essay due next Thursday and I was not able to find the answer on the syllabus. Should our essay draw only on readings listed on the syllabus or can I incorporate scholarly articles I read on my own, as long as it fits with the subject of the assignment? 

I look forward to hearing from you. 

Best regards, 

Chantal Jones
Political Science, Class of 20xx

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7: Email Sample to Professor

Subject: Senior thesis on African-American History

Dear Professor Williams: 

Professor Fiji suggested I reach out to you because the topic of my senior thesis is African-American history. 

I know you have done extensive research in this area, and I think meeting with you before I start my thesis would help me get started in the right direction. Would you be available for a short meeting next week? 

I look forward to your reply. 

Sincerely, 

Joel Wyatt
History, Class of 20xx

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8: Email Sample to Professor

 

Subject: POL101 / Section 1: Follow up on the exam 

Dear Professor Fiji: 

I am a student in your Introduction to Political Science class (POL101). 

After getting the results of last week’s exam, I realized that I am struggling with more than one topic in the course. I want to do my best in this class, and would like to review my exam with you. Is there a time we could meet later this week to talk further? 

I look forward to your reply. 

Best regards, 

Soo Kim
Pre-Med, Class of 20xx

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9: Email Sample to Professor

SubjectFor follow-up emails, you’ll reply to your original message and it will retain your original subject line 

Dear Professor Valdez: 

I’m writing to follow up on my email I sent earlier this week regarding a question I have about the [name of assignment / exam]. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Best regards, 

Michael Kumar
English, Class of 20xx