Letter Requesting Dissertation Committee

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Invitation letter asking a professor to serve on the thesis committee


Hi everyone,

I need to write a formal letter to ask for a professor, whom I do not know very well, to serve on my dissertation committee.

May you help me check if the following letter is sufficiently humble, polite, but straight to the point?

The sentence that I am not sure if it is grammatically correct and reads well: "I am writing to humbly request your service and expertise to serve as an ``External Expert’’ on my graduate committee."

I would very much appreciate your inputs.

NG.

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Dear Professor _____________,

My name is NgLausanne. I am a newbie at the englishforum.ch

At the recommendation of my advisors, Professor AdrianLondon and Professor Niamhie [kidding, I am picking some forum veterans], I am writing to humbly request your service and expertise to serve as an ``External Expert’’ on my graduate committee.

My advisors and I believe that your knowledge and insights would be very valuable and would greatly enrich my work.

My private defense is scheduled around early December 2013 and will take place at EnglishForum.

My thesis is entitled “Essays in Whatever” and is comprised of three papers:

• Crap 1;
• Crap 2;
• Crap 3.

I attach below a copy of each paper and my resume for your reference.

I am grateful for your time and consideration and I very much hope that you will be able to accept my request.

Sincerely,

Me.
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