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I'm looking to get research position for the summer but wouldn't be able to meet the professor in person as most people seem to suggest since I'm out of the country at the moment.

Not sure if I should include all the details in the initial email or if it's risking getting ignored/seem rude with a relatively long first email. Here's what I have at the moment:

Hi [name],

My name is [name] and I'm a third-year student in mechanical engineering. I found your work in collaborative robots and hybrid actuators very interesting and was wondering if you have any undergraduate positions, paid or not, available for the summer?

I have a strong interest in robotics developed through various in class and extracurricular activities and would really like to get involved in research in these areas to help me better prepare for graduate school.

Unfortunately, I am currently on exchange in [country] and won't be able to discuss this with you in person, but I have attached my resume and transcript for reference. Following are some details that might also be relevant:

I'm available from June 10 to August 31

I'm available 40 hours/week for paid opportunity and up to 20 hours/week for volunteer opportunity.

I qualify for [might need prof to pay] Program but not [funded program that most undergrad research students in my school apply for]

I am hoping to take [independent research course] as a technical elective, and therefore would be available to work on the project further during my final year

I would really like to further explore the field of robotics research and would be more than happy to provide any additional information. Looking forward to hearing from you!

The formating's a bit off here but I would really appreciate any opinions and input on this matter.

  • I think this is fine. If you physically can't go, they won't will expect you to actually go meet thdm. – xuq01 Feb 7 at 2:17
  • I think this will get closed, but I wonder if you might mention “I recently took X course with Dr Y and he said he would be happy to speak to you about my work in that class if you would like a reference.” – Dawn Feb 7 at 2:17
  • You could be available by Skype to meet. – Dawn Feb 7 at 2:17

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