Dear Professor, regarding your current work of study, I recently discovered that your field of work has been a long-time academic interest of mine. I know that you are a busy man, but would it be rude of me to inquire if there was any type of research or assistance that a student could possibly involve him or herself with? If not, I would completely understand. However, please note my current grades and classes would prove as ample evidence as to my worth.
Sincerely, John Doe (#555555555)
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