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So the deadline to get credit for research pass, so I am just looking into volunteering into research for CS in a lab. What is the proper way to email professors and ask them to let me volunteer in their labs? I just want to point out that my GPA is a 2.66 right now, so not the best.

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answered by LEGEND (6,394 points) 6 14 36
Are professors really responsible for labs? I think the right persons to confront are the lab technicians. Anyway, the thing here is, if you have to email them, then make it official, start with "Hello" then go straight to the point.No need of going through shortcuts.

After a period of time and they don't reply, then go straight to the location and ask whether they'll accept you. Actually, it is going to present yourself to the institution rather than sending emails.
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answered by VISIONARY (9,008 points) 7 17 71
I think you should just go ahead and have a personal discussions with the professors maybe 2-3 of them to sort their opinions fsce to face than using an email.
I think this kind of issue might need you meeting them physically but if you still insist on getting to them through an email then you can make it a semi informal letter. Well, from my little knowledge of a issue like this I don't think you should make it too official, the tone of your mail should be friendly but in a more firm manner.
You might also want them to know why you need to do the voluntary CS research and write it as politely as possible, I don't know if you would loved to attached your result as an evidence to show you really need the resesrh for an upgrade but if you ask me I think you should.
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answered by VISIONARY (9,060 points) 5 21 51
If you want this position it should be a very professional email. You will need to start off by telling the professor that you are interested in this position and would love to be considered. Then start by outlining why you feel this is a good fit for the position and finish up by telling him what you can give back to others if you have this position. Close by saying that you hope that he will consider you for this position. 

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