This just arrived at the email address associated with my blog (rather than the email address associated with my university appointment):
I am [Name Redacted] a student of [Institution Redacted], currently in 3rd year pursuing Integrated M. Tech. in Polymer Science and Technology. I learned about you through your website and I am extremely impressed with your research interests, I think they are an excellent match to my skills. I have an intense urge towards the development and enhancement in the field of polymers and now I want to be associated with a diversified group like yours. As an intern I may have the opportunity to work and meet a variety of experienced and qualified people at your laboratory. In particular I would like to work in the field of Polymers. Therefore I’m writing to seek an internship in your institute during the period of May 2010 to the end of July 2010 (8 to 12 weeks).This internship is compulsory for fulfilling the degree requirement.
I am a diligent & dedicated individual with innovative thinking having good learning abilities. I have strived to learn from the best and have endeavored to contribute the best. This has given me certitude in my convictions regarding my undergraduate studies. I was an excellent science student in my high school. I think the knowledge and skills which I have gained till now (both in high school & college) could be instrumental in research. I have grasped the fundamentals of Polymer Science and Technology and I now want to master the intricacies of the subject further. During my academic studies I have studied courses like Polymer Composites, Polymer Blends, Testing and Characterization of Polymers, Polymer Product Technology, Polymer Coating, Macromolecular Chemistry, Structure and Properties of Polymers, Polymer Chemistry, Fluid Mechanics, Heat Transfer, Process Equipment Design, Material and Energy Balance. I think that your institute could certainly provide me this opportunity.
I have worked on a research project during May-July 2009 under the guidance of [Name and Institutional Affiliation Redacted]. There I studied various methods of making polymer composites including short fiber, continuous fiber, particulate and nanocomposites. I had done a research project on the Natural Fiber Reinforced Polypropylene Composites.Based on the data collected over a time on several compositions, I finally identified the trends of physical properties (tensile/flexural modulus, tensile strength, elongation and stress at break, densities, water uptake measurements etc.) with their relationships to fiber properties including their distribution and adhesion to matrix. Subsequently the resultant statistics were plotted on the graph. Moreover, I have learned about the various thermoanalytical techniques for studying and testing the materials including differential scanning calorimetry, dynamic mechanical thermal analysis, thermogravimetric analysis and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. I am also working on a project for modifying the polypropylene such as to eliminate the need of silane coating on fibers while making the polypropylene composites.
At this point of time in my academic career, this internship provides me with an excellent opportunity to explore the research opportunities, as I am also looking for a platform with an adequate work environment and expertise in sustainable research work, which may further help in my career.
Herein I have enclosed my curriculum vitae for your kind consideration. Thank you and I will look forward to hearing from you soon.
I will hazard a guess that the sender did not, in fact “learn about [me] through [my] website”.
I will further suggest that there may have been advantages to the state of affairs where there was a somewhat higher activation energy associated with sending out one’s curriculum vitae.