Questions on recommendation or reference letters received from faculty members when applying for graduate schools or faculty positions.

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Letter of recommendation from online classes

I am living overseas for work for the next two years and finished my masters 15 years ago. Now I am taking graduate courses at Oregon State U online to prepare for applying to a Phd program. I ...
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apply US professor/faculty position without PhD advisor's reference letter [duplicate]

I got my PhD degree from the one of the most excellent universities in Asia and am currently postdoc in US. However, I had the worst nightmare PhD advisor who thought his own students as potential ...
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Is it common to seek outside letters for the third-year renewal of an assistant professor?

I often write promotion letters for faculty going up for tenure or promotion to full professor. For those who are unaware, this involves reviewing a candidate's entire portfolio including research ...
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How to handle letters of recommendation requirements in this situation?

I'm wondering about the best way to handle the following situation. Some time ago I've asked my then-potential referees about possibility to become my reference sources and they kindly agreed, after ...
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Online recommendation for an applicant who is not the recommender's student

My recommender and I know each other through scientific discussions and collaborations. I have never been his student. He told me that in the online recommendation form they asked him some questions ...
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Is it appropriate to use a previous (recent) letter of recommendation for a different application?

I have an outstanding letter of recommendation from someone who I am no longer in regular contact with and it would be a hardship to contact them in person (to receive a signed letter). This is the ...
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Does 'securing letters of recommendations' count as one of legitimate reasons of going abroad for one semester?

I am going to apply for one semester of study abroad at a more prominent university than the one I am currently enrolled in. One of my true motivations to apply is to secure letters of recommendations ...
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How should I thank this person who wrote a letter of rec for me (but to a different school than the one I'm attending?)

I've poked around the answers here and I think my situation is unusual enough to warrant a new question. In short, I applied to graduate programs for this fall, and I did the rounds asking my ...
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Is it okay to view my recommendation letter once I've been accepted at a college?

I had a really reputable person write me a recommendation letter for colleges. He told me that he wrote the best recommendation letter in his life. He told me that the recommendation letter hints that ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a Professor to write a recommendation letter for applying to another university?

I am currently studying at an university in Europe (undergraduate, first year)and would like to transfer (next year or in two years) to an university in UK. UCAS requires a reference to accompany your ...
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How to write a reference request for a candidate that I see unfit for the application?

This question is a bit different from this question: What to do if asked to write a letter of recommendation for a weak candidate? Instead of not knowing the student well enough, I know the student ...
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How to find professional references?

I am from a small country where we do not have many eminent professors, but I did work hard and published over 30 papers which were cited more than 400 times. I am applying for research jobs ...
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Do I stand a chance in US universities? How can I ask for so many recommendation letters? [closed]

I'm a fresh graduate with a bachelor degree in electrical and electronic engineering, currently aiming to study in the US for my masters degree. I am an international graduate from an accredited ...
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About recommendation letters

University requirements might be different but most of them ask for recommendation letters. Leaving everything else (Degree, GPA, publications) they rely heavily on the recommendation letters. Not one ...
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Recommendation letter from a supervisor after falling out

In the event of a falling out with a supervisor (Master's thesis or PhD) is there generally anything one can do about it if one wants to apply to a (different) PhD program, for which one would need a ...
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Letters of Recommendation - Duration Etiquette

I finished my undergraduate degree in mathematics about two years ago, and started a master's program last year. Now that I am about half way through the MS program, I am convinced that I want to get ...
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Ask an expert in your field that you have never met to write a reference letter?

To be more specific, I work in pure mathematics and I am applying for a postdoc position in the US. Prior to this, I have only had my recommendation letters written by my former advisors and PhD ...
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What qualities are organizing committees looking for in a reference letter for a summer school?

How would you write a reference letter for someone who is applying to a summer school intended for Ph.D. students/postdocs? The summer school only lasts for 3 days up to a week and I am curious as to ...
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If a reference is applying for the same position, are they obligated to inform you?

If a reference applies for the same position do they have a professional obligation to inform you that they are applying for that same job?
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Who to use for LORs for Business Analytics Programs

I'm applying to a highly regarded business school's analytics program (my ultimate goal is along the management track and any advanced mathematics(real analysis, pde, numerical analysis, ...
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Letter of Rec. for future University application

I'm getting my Software Engineer degree in one year here in my country, and I want to continue my studies with a Master degree in the US. Since here in my country is not a common practice to ask or ...
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Should a letter of recommendation be customised for each university when applying for a masters program?

I've just graduated in Brazil and I plan to apply in some different Master courses in US. I plan to apply to different universities and I did not want to ask my professors to write many different ...
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I'm the only grad student who wasn't asked to write a tenure recommendation for my advisor. Should I be concerned?

I'm a few months away from defending and my advisor is going up for tenure shortly after I finish. I found out that every other student of my advisor, including a student who graduated a year ago, ...
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Does having a more successful professor write your letter of recommendation improve your chances of having your application accepted?

My question is about academic careers of a professor who would want to write a recommendation letter for someone. Some professors in my university have better academic career than others, for example ...
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How to clarify that supervisor writing a reference is not related to me even though we have the same last name?

By chance, I have the same last name as one of the supervisors of a project I worked on. If I ask him to write me a recommendation letter, will the admission committee misconstrue that we are related ...
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Meaning of “recommend with reservation”

In my reference my tutor has put down that he recommends me with reservation. Is that a good thing? What does "recommend with reservation" mean? Thanks everyone for your help. I spoke to my referee ...
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My professor wants to know if his recommendation is helpful

Several weeks after I received the recommendation from Professor M, he sent an email to me and asked me about the result of my application to a graduate school. He wants to know whether his ...
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Quality of English in a college recommendation letter

Does the quality of English in a letter of recommendation matter? Should it be really good or just average English with occasional mistakes suffice as long as the meaning is clear? Is a perfectly ...
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What to do when a recommender for an already-submitted PhD admissions application suddenly goes AWOL? [duplicate]

What does an applicant for admissions in a PhD program do if a recommender put down on an already-submitted application suddenly goes AWOL and does not submit his letter of recommendation? Would a ...
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How should one maintain a relationship with a professor?

So I am planning to apply to grad school sometime in the future and would need a letter of recommendation from an awesome professor who I took a time series class with. I got an A- in the class, he ...
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Sending a thank you letter to a research professor?

I had an amazing research professor I conducted research under for my last two semesters of undergrad. I graduated in December and am currently waiting to hear back from graduate programs. This ...
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Is it unusual to get an informal offer before any recommendation letters have arrived?

A person I know applied for a time-limited position (i.e. a post-doc) somewhere in western Europe. Xe gets invited for an interview. The next day, xe receives an informal e-mail, We will recommend ...
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What are acceptable “relationships with referees”?

I am applying for a job and need to give referees, and their relationship with me. I am not sure how to phrase things. My referees are: A colleague in my department I publish with A previous boss in ...
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Will I be considered as a very rude person if I call my teacher to check an urgent email

I got three recommendation letters from three of my former school teachers (professors A, B, C). On 20th Jan, I got an email from the graduate school that I had applied to. In the email, they told me ...
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How to ask my professor to write recommendation letter for me?

Now I'm in a community college and I am trying to gathering recommendation letter to apply to graduate school.(I have already got my bachelor degree). I performed well in calculus and got an A in that ...
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Why can't friends or family members write recommendation letters for graduate admissions?

When browsing their web sites, I noticed that apart from those listed academic requirements by different universities, they all require at least two reference letters from applicants, but they did not ...
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Checking/Ticking all the fields on a recommendation letter as “Exceptional”

My student has given me a recommendation letter form for the studies he is applying for, and the form has a part where I should simply "tick" the options. For example: Maturity, Motivation, etc. I can ...
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What should a student do if a professor agrees to write recommendation, then retracts offer upon realizing he confused the student with someone else?

Prof. Z has taught thousands of students in my former school since 2010. In the Biology course that he taught, there were two students (A and B) with similar full names and nicknames, but their ...
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Should I let my recommendation letter writers know that I didn't submit my application in the end?

I feel guilty and not sure of if I should inform my recommenders of this issue. A school I intended to apply has received the reference letters from all my recommenders, but as the deadline was ...
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How should you respond to your teacher who cannot help you with a recommendation?

I had a meeting with my former teacher in my former school. While we were enjoying our tea and pan cake, I saw Prof. Nickname, and we invited him to join us. An hour later, after the tea, Prof. ...
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Why would a professor agree to write recommendation letter, then mention in it that he doesn't know student very well?

I had a colleague who asked a professor to write a letter of recommendation on his behalf. The professor agreed and wrote 3 letters for this colleague. The colleague had an interview with one of the ...
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My adviser agreed to write a letter of recommendation, but hasn't done so

I am currently a M.Sc. student and I was planning to apply for PhD programs. I asked my adviser to write me a letter of recommendation two months ago, and he agreed to do that. However, now that the ...
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How should I begin my meeting with my former teacher whom I haven't been in contact with for three years?

I am going to meet my former teacher in my former school. We have some interests and hobbies in common, but we had not been in contact for several years. I want to be careful about etiquette and ...
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Sending a second reminder to a professor about LORs, after the first reminder

As graduate school application deadlines roll around this season, I believe this site would get a lot of questions concerning letters of recommendation, including sending reminder e-mails to ...
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Should I ask for a recommendation letter even if I have not applied for any programs yet

I emailed some tutors from several years ago to ask for a meeting (as described in this question). I am happy to tell you that I have received another reply from my former school teacher. She had a ...
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How many recommendation letters should you ask a professor to write?

Say a student who wants to further her study in a specific field, so she applies for multiple programs at several universities. Each of these prospective universities requires her to submit at least ...
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What is the etiquette for making an appointment to request a letter of recommendation?

I'm currently a college sophomore looking to transfer to a university overseas, and I need a letter of recommendation from my adviser in order to apply. Usually, in order to get in touch with my ...
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Content of reference letter [duplicate]

I am applying for PhD and I need reference letter from my MsC professor. We made agreement that I write letter with my opinion and he will made changes later if needed. I have no other ...
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Can my recommendation letters be repeated?

For example, if I am going to apply to 3 REU programs that ask me for 2 recommendation letters each one. Can my 2 professors who I asked the recommendation letters send the exact same letters to the ...
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How to write the information related to referees in an application form?

What's the best way to give information about the person who's going to give recommendation letter, in an application form? John Clark, Ph.D. in Physics and Mathematics Associate Professor ...