Can I cold-email a researcher?
November 20, 2012 10:41 AM Subscribe
Would it be out of line to email a researcher asking how they got into their field?
posted by vogon_poet to Science & Nature (11 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm curious about an area of scientific research that's kind of non-standard/interdisciplinary. I haven't seen one standard term to describe it, but "complexity research" or "complex systems" seems to show up a lot. It's obviously not something you can major in, but it looks really interesting. I've found a couple of researchers doing work in this area. Would it be out of line to email and ask them how they got into their field, and if they have any advice for an undergraduate who might want to study it? What is the etiquette, and how should I frame my email? I don't know these people at all, and I'm considering applying for an internship at one of their institutions.