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Dear Sir/Madam, I have read about your very exciting research on the
 

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Dear Sir/Madam,
I have read about your very exciting research on the
website and am seeking the privilege of working
in your esteemed laboratory, under your excellent
guidance....
or so went the request from a faceless, eager,
and potentially capable young applicant from
India. "Dear Sir/Madam!" had this person really
visited my website and failed to unambigu-
ously tell my gender from my mugshot? Even if
this were true, coming from India, they should
have guessed my gender from my first name.
My annoyance faded as I recalled a request that
I had sent 20 years earlier to a preeminent sci-
entist, Professor Obaid Siddiqi, at one of the
best research institutes in India. I had laid bare
my soul and waxed on about how this experi-
ence would truly permit me to decide whether
I should pursue a career in science or, like my

  

Source: Ansari, Aseem Z. - Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin at Madison

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine