Sample Letter to the Faculty Member

Dear Prof. Anderson (or Dr. Anderson),

My name is Ivan Ivanov. I am currently a senior at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Department of General and Applied Physics. I am applying to PhD program in Physics at Princeton University this year.

My specialization is ... and I am currently working on ... (conducting research on ...). For more details please see my attached resume and statement of purpose.

I have read on your group's web site that you are investigating properties of ... (studying possible applications of...). This research particularly interests me because... Could you please tell me more about current projects in your lab?  If possible please attach to the e-mail some of your recent papers since it is very hard to find American Scientific magazines in Russia. Will your group accept new graduate students next year?

Thank you very much for your time and consideration.
I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Ivan Ivanov

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