Sample Email and Résumé Format



  • Length- It conveys info but doesn’t take too long to read
  • Content – it is geared to a specific lab.

It also contains:

  • Who you are (name, year, major, minor)
  • Why you are interested in a particular lab
  • What you are looking for (volunteer, for-credit, or paid position)


Subject: Possible research opportunity in your lab?

Dear Professor Green Berries,

My name is Cava Jefferson. I am currently a second year undergraduate student here at the University of Virginia and I am planning to major in Biology. I have significant interest in scientific research and I am writing to inquire about a possible research opportunity in your laboratory.
I read your profile on the website and I was intrigued about your field of research of vascular system and angiogenesis.
I would like to learn more about your research lab’s work and if we are mutually interested, I also would like to know if there are open slots in the lab for long-term research possibility (2+ years).
I understand you are very busy but would it be possible to have a quick chat about research sometime soon if there is space available for research?
In addition, I have an apartment lease that starts in June – therefore, I am available to begin training in your lab this summer.

Thank you and let me know whenever you are available to meet. I would appreciate any assistance you could give me. Thank you again for your time and consideration.

Cava Jefferson


Cava Jefferson
1234 Hoo Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Cell (434)987-6543,

To obtain a position as a volunteer or paid research assistant in a biomedical laboratory (***REALLY NOT NEEDED***)

Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Expected May 2014, University of Virginia
Current GPA: 3.05 (***LEAVE IT OFF IF IT’S NOT THE BEST***)

***COURSE WORK LIST? As applicable***

Advanced Diploma, Wahoowa High School (2006-2010)
GPA: 4.43 at Graduation, June 2010

VP, University of Virginia Economics 201 Clicker Club (2011)
President and VP, Wahoowa High School Student Council (2009/2010)
President, Wahoowa High National Honor Society Chapter (2010)
Member, mu alpha theta mathematics honor society (2008-2010)

Wahoowa Technical Institute
Wahoowa Technical Institute, Center for Biomedical Research
Unpaid researcher, 2009-2010, D Groves Laboratory
While conducting a high level high school science fair project with Dr. Groves, additional lab duties include cell culturing, running cell proliferation assays and miscellaneous everyday lab upkeep.

Manager, Hoozza Pizza, 2008-2009
Learned to motivate employees and manage time effectively.

AP Scholar with Honors
2nd Place finish in Wahoowa High School Science Fair (2009)

Madison House, University Guide Services, University of Virginia Hospital (Guest Services)