Two other points to be considered when you write an email expressing
1- first make sure you have the minimum requirements of our Graduate Studies;
2- Do not copy and paste some very common sentences that are written in sample cover letters on the Internet! Sentences like: "I found your research area very close to my interests", or "I searched your website and publications and I found my interest exactly matched with yours". These sentences are meaningless to me and have a negative impact. Most of people who use these sentences haven't even read one single paper of my publications. I prefer you write sincerely, and with your own style of writing even if it might have some grammatical errors.
Updated on Nov. 17, 2010