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Beryl Lieff Benderly

How To Wow a Potential Lab Chief

Struggling to write an application letter that’s sure to make a strong impression on a scientist whose lab you’d like to work in? University of California-Davis professor Jonathan Eisen blogs about some true-life application letters that really got his attention — though not, alas, in the way the applicants had hoped. Check the comments, too. They provide additional examples of applicants who showed a real knack for career-killing prose. (E.g., ”
Address me as ‘Dear Sir’. This shows that you’re not making sexist distinctions between men and women.”)

Thanks to journalist David Dobbs for bringing this to my attention.