How NOT to Get A Research Position

This is the negative argumentative fellow chem major who tried to put me down when I asked a question, even though the only way he was able to answer was to send me like 8 pages out of a book.

Then he proceeded to admit that he’s on academic probation, but then acts like he’s going to become a TA, which is a grad student position.

He’s got big dreams of getting a PhD in chem, but barely passed organic, or any of the required major courses in fact!

So he sends me this email, telling me that this is what he sent to one of Ualbany’s most popular chemistry lab instructors to try to get in.

I told him his mistakes are: first of all, Dear professor? It sounds right off the bat that this letter is a generic email he sends all professors.

Next, he says he’s a transfer student from fall 2017… like idk if you need to include that, you’re fully ingratiated now. (That’s tit for tat though).

“Someone from the Atmospheric Science department prof….” are you serious with this sentence? You’re already on thin ice with the generic sounding greeting, now you start typing like you’re actually talking? Then he said that this teacher asked him to browse and look for research labs who are doing research that he’s interested in. NOT THAT HE ACTUALLY WAS INTERESTED IN A TOPIC SHES CURRENTLY RESEARCHING.

Then he says, he would appreciate the chance to talk to this professor about her research topic which is a good sentence.

“I’m looking to do research in fall or spring.” That belongs in the beginning of the letter, not the end.

It doesn’t look like this kid is really even thinking about doing research and just asked because I told him that all grad school is is research and the more research experience you get, the better your chances are for grad school especially with a horrible GPA and possibly a shitty GRE score cause like how can you expect to get an AMAZING score if you can’t even do well in classes.

Well this kids is an example of what NOT to do. Don’t be like this guy. Spell check!! And if you truly want to take part in research, let that be known in your email!

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