I just got 5 emails from prospective PhD students and there is a definite right and wrong way of approaching a potential supervisor/PI. This is not innate knowledge so here goes a thread. Starting from worst examples (1/n) #AcademicChatter#phdchat
Dear professor, I studied algal blooms and would love to join your esteemed lab.
Does not name me (suggesting that I was bcc-ed), previous experience not relevant to my line of work, no idea why they want to work with me.