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Questions on using e-mail for communicating literature and collaborating with peers. Also related to academic advertising or announcements.

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Professor Ignoring Emails RE disagreement over grading

I recently had a concussion. I got everything on paper signed by a doctor, and emailed my teachers immediately. During my medical absence, I missed a quiz. I emailed my teacher regarding making the ...
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How should I tell a professor the answer to something he doesn't know?

Last year, I asked my physics professor a question that he did not know the answer to. This year, while doing a research paper, I also figured out the answer to the question I asked him. I want to ...
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Old supervisor not responding to email for reference [duplicate]

I have worked with my old advisor for 1+ year to produce my senior thesis. I'd say that our relationship was good when I left to do my masters (and he did write me a reference the first time around). ...
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Professor doesn't respond to notice of inability to take a test in his class

I currently have a concussion that has hindered my ability to do work or study. I went to the doctor and got it diagnosed (got a medical note and all that). I have a midterm tomorrow, and I emailed my ...
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What does an empty auto-reply email from a potential supervisor mean? [closed]

I emailed a professor asking about a graduate student position. Immediately, I received an empty email titled auto-reply. What does that mean? Can it be an indication that I won't be able to reach her ...
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Sending mail to the Professor for PhD, after seeing his tweet

A professor tweeted that he has a PhD position in his lab. I am trying to write a mail regarding that. How should I express that where did I find the advertisement? Is it right to start mail like ...
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I asked for a graduate student position from a professor. He replied “welcome”. What does that mean?

I emailed a professor, saying I'm looking for a position. I introduced myself and wrote about experiences that I thought would be relevant to his work. I read on his website that he was recruiting ...
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How to tell a professor you've changed your mind?

I need some help writing a polite email to a professor from a different department at my university. A while back I emailed him because I was interested in doing graduate studies at his department (I'...
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Should I send an email to the author of a book/paper asking for clarification?

I am currently reading a book on a research-level science topic. But there are some concepts that aren't properly explained in the book and are stopping me from proceeding. I have tried the following: ...
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How do I write about suggested reading by my professor

I had a casual meeting with my professor and he recently learned about a topic and he asked me to look at that topic as well. This topic is not my research topic and it is just a further reading. I ...
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Send introductory email to foreign university professor ahead of classes

Some of my college classmates and I will be studying for one semester at a foreign university in Belgium. To give context, we are Italian Erasmus students on an exchange program traveling to a foreign ...
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Is it unusual for a math department not to have a mail/web server?

I'm a PhD student in a math department at a research university in the US. When I started the program I was given an account on the department server with a website and a nice department email address....
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“Sorry to bother you” in an email? [duplicate]

I recently sent an email to a professor asking him about an administrative problem I was having, but after I'd hit the send button, I realized I'd forgot to say: "Sorry to bother you" or something of ...
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Email to two academics of differing familiarity

I am sending an email to two people: Prof FirstName1 LastName1 and Dr FirstName2 LastName2. The former has a PhD and is officially a professor (with tenure, if that matters) with whom I am not ...
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Well-acquainted professor does not respond when I share my work?

I'm a master student in statistics. I took this professor's class, in which I've done very well. I have discussed with him about my research project a few times while taking the class, although he is ...
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Should I email my professor about a recommendation letter if he has offered me a job?

So I've just finished my Master's and my advisor has offered me a tentative position to work in his lab. I say tentative because it's dependent on if his project gets funding. He emailed me recently ...
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Email address etiquette - Which address should I use to contact professors?

I am currently a master's student outside the U.S., and I plan to contact professors in U.S. universities for PhD applications. I have a bunch of email addresses available, and I don't know which one ...
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How many emails do professors get every day? [closed]

When I was in academic publishing, I received about 50? emails a day. The bulk of these (~60-70%) would be semi-automated emails of the form "so-and-so has agreed to review this paper" or "the first ...
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Do professors like answering questions from non-students/private citizens? [closed]

I am a non-student/private citizen and I am eager to meet with professors at universities in my area so I can ask these professors a particular question about a particular subject matter. I want to ...
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Communicate Author or Publisher for asking detail?

I have trouble finding out an expression in a theorem (click here to the problem)of a paper by Yann Bugeaud (page 12) , and I tried to contact the author through his e-mail but he didn't reply (don't ...
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Do I owe potential collaborators an explanation for late follow-up?

I had a meeting with a potential collaborator month ago, and at the meeting I had agreed to email them within a week. However, shortly after I began going through a stressful divorce. I am worried ...
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Sending an e-mail with multiple attachments?

This is probably a silly question, but I really need some advice. I'm an undergraduate student and I want to take a different major in grad school. Luckily, my university offers you a possibility to ...
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Is there such thing as too many follow-up emails to a professor?

I worked with my professor on a project for two months at the beginning of this year. After a while, I finished writing up the paper and sent it to him to check. He didn't reply. I've sent 5 follow-up ...
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How to exchange email with potential professors

I sent an informal query to a professor in UK and she replied me with her strong interest in my research works and considering me as a potential postdoc. She mentioned that she wants to apply for ...
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Email signature, multiple engineering disciplines [closed]

I am a PhD student in environmental engineering, but I received a masters in Mechanical. Within engineering, the two fields are very different, and I feel my value-add is my multidisciplinary approach ...
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How to address a reader and a postdoctoral research assistant?

I want to send an email to two people. One of them is a reader in India and the other is a postdoctoral research assistant in Germany. I do not know how to address each of them at the start of the ...
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Should I email my professor to clear up a (possibly very irrelevant) awkward misunderstanding?

I’m doing my master’s and I recently had an exam with one of my favorite professors. I spent a lot of time on my paper and got the highest grade and I’m very happy. But during the oral part of my ...
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E-Mailing a Professor about interest in his research group during application for a master and before admission(in Germany)

I hold a Bachelor in physics and I am applying for a master program in Germany. There is a research group by a professor, with topics very close to what I'd like to study and furthermore work on. On ...
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How to write an email to a professor to inquire about a visiting researcher position?

I am currently a postdoc and plan to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship as the funding to be a visiting researcher in other institutes. However, to be eligible for applying the fellowship, I would ...
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How to email Faculty Search Committee for seminar without implying to hurry on my application?

I had recently applied to several prestigious institutes in India. Just to explain the recruitment process in these institutes a Faculty Search Committee goes through your application that comprises ...
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Replying potential PhD supervisor with documents

I applied for PhD at a University and receive a mail from the supervisor, he asked me to mail my cv and transcript. I am thinking to reply like this: Dear Professor XXX, Thank you for your ...
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What should I include in my first email to a potential PhD advisor?

I am applying for Ph.D program, and I need to find an advisor to accept me in his group. I want to send to him a perfect email and get his attention to me. I would like some opinion on this matter. ...
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Replying the rejection email from Professor

Recently I mailed a professor for a PhD position and got a reply after two days. The following is the reply I received from the prof. I am afraid we already found a candidate to fill this position. ...
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Can I email a professor from a different university about a proposed course project?

I am currently taking a math class and saw that a professor from a different university had some ideas/open questions for final course research projects on his page. I began working on one of these ...
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How to reply this mail from potential PhD professor?

I have mailed to a professor and got the following reply in half an hour: Thank you very much for your interest in the position and your application. We will start evaluating applications today and ...
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How to mail a professor informing that I am interested working at different place

I have asked a professor for summer reading project(he agreed). Later, I was also selected for summer internship programme a top institute in the country, how do I tell the professor that I don’t do ...
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Can I ask an author to send me his ebook?

I'm working on my research paper. My subject is quite original and I even had difficulties to find a supervisor. In short, I found a fairly recent book on the Internet (2017), which is exactly what I ...
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How to politely respond to generic emails requesting a PhD/job in my lab? Without wasting too much time

As I transition to faculty, I have increasingly gotten requests from people who want to do PhD's with me or want postdocs in my lab. Often these emails are extremely generic and don't suggest they ...
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How to ask someone to be cited in their paper?

I have published a paper last year (with other colleagues) where, among other things, we demonstrated a certain formula. Recently another paper, independently, demonstrated basically the same formula ...
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Should I send a reminder to the professor who has accepted to support me?

I interviewed with a professor, and she said that she will support my application. She sent me the details of a special scholarship and asked me to read it, and then send her an email again. I did so, ...
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Would a question that requires an amount of text to explain be good to send?

From Is it appropriate (as a PhD student) to email other researchers asking about some details in their papers?, I get that generally you will get answer if you ask question on their work. But what if ...
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Was a professor correct to chastise me for writing “Prof. X” rather than “Professor X”?

I emailed Professor X regarding typos in, and questions on, his book. I've never met and contacted him. My email commenced with this salutation: Dear Prof. X He replied It is customary to ...
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How to email researchers for the first time [duplicate]

Sometimes I reach out to professors (who are almost always significantly older than me) via email. Maybe I'm working on a specific question they asked in a publication, or I'm working on something ...
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Master thesis: emails to a dissertation supervisor

i have finished all my classes and now I should start my master thesis. But first of all, I need to write an email to prof. and ask him about the available topic for the master thesis. How to write ...
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How do researchers send unsolicited emails asking for feedback on their works? [duplicate]

I wonder how a researcher send an unsolicited email to another one asking for feedback to their work. I guess it will be something like this? Hello Dr. X To introduce myself, I am Y, in ...
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Why shouldn't an unsolicited email asking for opinion include the links to the articles? [duplicate]

I have a precursory research – that is, an article posted in my website to know what I want to pursue – and want to send to a professor to have his opinion. However, I was advised to ask him if he has ...
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Thanking multiple professors in an email thread

I emailed one professor (with a few others CCed) to inform them that I will be following up with X commitment. Each professor on the thread replied (all) to state their well wishes and excitement. ...
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How can I ask why this European university booked me a 15-day trip for a 2-day exam?

I am going to visit a European university to take a PhD course entrance exam. The university prepared a 15 day trip for me, but the written exam and the oral exam will require only one day each. ...
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Logistics of asking for letter of recommendation after graduation

I graduated from by undergrad two years ago (this May) and now I am applying to law school and require letters of recommendation from my undergrad. Although I did well in their classes and spoke ...
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Is is okay to write “awarded” when the selected list is released online, but final offer yet to receive?

Is it okay if I write in letter/e-mail, the following? "I have been awarded recently ..." when the final selected list for the award is published online, but the actual award offer letter is yet to ...