I received the following two emails, from two different senders, nine minutes apart today:
My name is *** and I am a 2nd year student at Aga Khan
University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan. I am looking for a 8
week elective (July-Aug 2008) research experience under your
supervision that will give me the opportunity to gain an extremely
valuable learning experience while at the same time being able to make
a constructive contribution to your project. I believe doing research
in a foreign country will give me invaluable experience and broaden my
horizons. I am hopeful that you will be able to provide me with some
assistance in this mission.
I came across your research profile during recent literature searches
and your area of interest attracted me immensely. My own interests lie
in the same field as yours. I have been reading up on your projects
and research and am really fascinated by them. Even though they are
very complicated and as just a 2nd year student I am unable to
understand them fully. Still, I am confident that if given the chance, I
can prove to be a valuable asset to your team.
I am attaching my resume and hope that you can find the time to look
through it and accommodate me in your project.
Thank you for your consideration.
I hope this letter finds you in the best of your health and spirits!
I am a second year medical student at the Aga Khan University School of Medicine, Karachi, Pakistan. I am extremely interested in completing my upcoming summer research elective at your Department.
Sir, I came across your research profile while going through recent literature and was really impressed by your research work. I really want to learn more and gain experience in this field, so I would like to apply for a position of a research assistant in your research team, for a period of 4-8 weeks, starting from 25 th June 2008 onwards. I am currently doing research on virulence markers of H.Pylori here at the AKU School of Medicine and am familiar with most basic lab techniques-my full credentials being in my curriculum vitae which I have attached to this e-mail. Working at your renowned institution will be an honor and an extremely valuable learning experience for me. I am also confident that I shall be able to become a useful and effective part of your research group. I would really appreciate it if you could help me in this regard.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
With best regards,
The first letter is amusing in that it has no content whatsoever; the second seems to more traditional spam in that it picks an arbitrary topic (“H.Pylori”) in the hope of grabbing a random reader of the email.
Needless to say, I didn’t open the “Word document” attachment of either email!