How do I email an academic?
August 7, 2009 7:06 AM Subscribe
What is the etiquette for young grad students emailing seniour researchers?
posted by hannahlambda to education (20 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I've been doing graduate research in a scientific/economic area, and there's one very important topic in the area on which I've found virtually no studies done; this is a hindrance. I'm watching an online talk by a seniour researcher in the area, a guy whose research I'm citing a lot, he refers to the above-mentioned topic knowingly, it occurs to me to email him to ask him about it.
What kind of tone should I strike in this email to get this (presumably busy) guy to respond? Grovelly? Blunt/to the point? Is it the 'done thing' for young grad students to email seniour people in their field out of the blue?