Dear Dr. Lastname,
(what the hell??)
I am writing to ask if you would be willing to review a manuscript for the Journal of Sciencey Gobbledygook.
The manuscript title is "Hard hard hard scary sort of related to your research." Please let me know within the next few days if you will be able to take this on.
I IMed Dr. Advisor and told him I'd decline and pass along his name and he said "You are qualified to do this but you may not be comfortable critically reviewing a paper at this time." Orrrrr maaaybe they wouldn't be comfortable with ME because they THINK I ALREADY HAVE A PHD!! Maybe it would be like that time I went on a field project trip as an "expert in residential construction" and ended up sitting in the back and writing down field notes the whole time. Educational for me, disappointing for them.
But still, pretty cool! Almost makes the ENTIRE DAY I spent making histograms yesterday seem less asinine.