I'm interested in joining one of the research labs in my university and I would like to arrange a meeting with a professor or visit his lab office to discuss if I could join his lab. But I do not know if what I have been using sounds natural and if I have been using it wrongly.

What could be the possible subject lines of the email? Does the following sound natural? Or what could be other better subject lines?

  • Question about joining your lab
  • May I come to you office to discuss the possibility of joining your lab?
  • sound natural. The verb sound like seem and look wants an adjective to complement the subject, not an adverb. Jun 17, 2018 at 11:38
  • The subject line of an email is typically not a fully-formed sentence but a fragment that identifies the subject matter. Since there is limited space on the display device, rules similar to those governing headlines in newspapers are in effect. Jun 17, 2018 at 11:42
  • @Tᴚoɯɐuo Thanks, edited. Could you suggest some other better options in your opinion?
    – Anon L
    Jun 17, 2018 at 14:05
  • Any answer here is purely subjective. We can really only help with something specific. Jun 17, 2018 at 15:40

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E-mail subject lines are generally short fragments. I would avoid using a full sentence ("May I come to you office to discuss the possibility of joining your lab?") or placing the key point of the e-mail in the subject ("Question about joining your lab").

The actual subject line is up to you but I would consider something like:

"Request for meeting"

"Research opportunities"

"Laboratory visit"

And then explain one's intentions in the body of the e-mail.

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