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Is it ok to email a random professor for helping out with their research?

mrfishyfish007mrfishyfish007 Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
edited November 2012 in Pre-Med Topics
I was just wondering if its not rude to ask a professor you have not met before but are interested in their research and want to help out?
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Replies to: Is it ok to email a random professor for helping out with their research?

  • plumazulplumazul Registered User Posts: 1,743 Senior Member
    OP, are you familiar with the professor's work/publications. Can you discuss it with him/her? If so, the professor would probably love to hear from you.
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 8,817 Senior Member
    Not rude, but don't be surprised if you don't get any response.

    Do not send out a mass generic email. Make sure to tailor your contact so that you can demonstrate some knowledge about the prof does. You may want to attached a copy of CV to the email.
  • kristin5792kristin5792 Registered User Posts: 2,068 Senior Member
    Worked for me a few years ago when I wanted to get involved with a lab. And it doesn't even matter if your CV is mostly blank or seems not very substantial to you; the fact that you've taken the time to put one together and send it along is good enough. Certainly highlight any relevant experience you have, and if you don't have any, you might include something about how seemingly irrelevant experience is actually relevant (eg 4yrs symphony orchestra in HS isn't exactly bench research, but it shows that you have the discipline to stay dedicated to something time consuming--which is desirable in a lab volunteer or assistant)
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Registered User Posts: 7,826 Senior Member
    Totally ok. Follow the advice given by previous posters
  • dina4119dina4119 Registered User Posts: 364 Member
    YES! this is actually a good way to get into a research, however, like people have said, read any articles they have published and be generally informed about it. Don't email saying "I want to be part of your research" but rather "I want to personally talk to you about your research/ i have some questions", IF (thats a big if) they reply, ask to meet with him/her and say a couple things about their research, at the end tell them you're interested in helping out and have a resume handy
  • ccuser95ccuser95 Registered User Posts: 560 Member
    Yes, it's what I did and it worked fine.
  • TylerspapaTylerspapa Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Son did and it went great for him! Emailed and said that he had read about his research on ............ and wanted to know if he could set up a meeting to discuss the possibility of helping with that research.
  • cortana431cortana431 - Posts: 5,015 Senior Member
    Yes.... professors and scientists in general love to talk about their work from the ones i spoke to and my friends told me.
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