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Just stating your preference is polite. Your example works fine. They are likely a busy person but that does not mean your own schedule and preferences should be completely neglected (if it feels like it does, that is a major red flag). But be ready to offer some concessions. It is not academia-specific, really - just be considerate of others' needs, try to ...


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Don't frame it as a "reminder" at all For any unsolicited emails where the recipient has reasonable grounds to ignore the email, it is not a good idea to send a "reminder" (and especially not a "very polite reminder" --- yuck!). As Bryan Krause points out in his answer, a reminder could be taken to imply that the original email ...


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In my opinion, cold emails are unlikely to lead to the sort of open-ended discussion you're looking for. I would guess that they would likely be ignored. You might have better luck attending conferences -- possibly online, and possibly undergraduate-focused. They are a traditional venue in which to meet new people, and people might be more receptive there to ...


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Yes, you can email, but expect that almost every such mail will be ignored or (possibly) answered in only a perfunctory way. People are busy both with their own research and in working with their own students. Most such emails are likely to wind up in the trash. As an undergraduate who wants to make contact with a professor at another institution, you can ...


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Attending interviews from India to the USA is a difficult job. The time zone difference is 10-14 hours depending on the place. Most of the time, your interviews will be after an evening in Indian time because that's the work time in the USA. You can definitely ask him for another time if it's late-night (after midnight) and explain that it might be difficult ...


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There is nothing unreasonable about your preference here. I would suggest augmenting it by giving some explanation of why you would prefer not to interview late at night ---e.g., you could point out that you will have difficulty performing well due to tiredness late at night. In terms of how to ask for this, I recommend you look at the time conversion and ...


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I’d be more likely to answer an email from an undergraduate student that’s well written and has questions based on clearly having read the material. I get too many emails that start “Dear Professor” and then say something nice about my “lab” and how they’d like to join it. However, I’m not a professor and I have no lab, showing that they’ve done no prior ...


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