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

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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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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 ...
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Should I send recommendation/reference letter to universities that don't require it?

Sending recommendation letter to some universities is optional, but some others don't even mention it in their required documents. Is there any point in sending recommendation letter to such ...
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How much duplication is permissible in letters of recommendation?

Anybody has idea, how much copying is allowed in a recommendation letter and whether they really run a copying test on the letters of recommendation?
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Is it appropriate for a PhD student to write reference for a PhD applicant?

I am a PhD student, and was recently approached by a (very bright) student in an exercise class I teach, requesting a reference letter for his PhD application. This makes me wonder: Is it OK for a PhD ...
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Letter of recommendation from PhD candidate [duplicate]

I might be repeating the question but my case is a little different. I've worked with a doctoral candidate who's not from 'my' university. We have worked on a research and published together. I am ...
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Getting a letter of recommendation when the referee gave no indication about the strength of the letter

Usually when I ask for a letters of recommendation, the professor give me an indication about how strong it is going to be. I asked a professor whom I am taking a course with, and while he doesn't ...
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What can I do one day before admissions deadline, if I believe my recommendation letter writer will not submit in time?

One of my professors this term promised to write me a recommendation letter for grad school. However, tomorrow is the deadline and her letter is not on the application website. She really liked me, so ...
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Received all recommendations except for home school…what is the deal? [closed]

I have struggled to get my professors to submit their letter to my home university. After sending them at least over 5 automated requests, they have not yet moved an inch. I am highly worried because ...
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Is it better to request a recommendation letter in person after class or by email?

I am planning to apply for a PhD program and would like to request a letter of recommendation from a professor. However, I am quite hesitant about which way is better for me to make the initial ...
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Can a single bad letter of recommendation ruin my chances of getting admitted to grad school?

I am dealing with one very mercurial professor and I had a bit of an incident with him. I think I might have offended him slightly (I told him about the deadline to submit a letter of recommendation ...
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How to ask for a letter of recommendation on a tight deadline, from professors I haven't spoken to in years?

I am currently applying to Ph.D. programs at several universities. Since I was a transfer student in my undergraduate years, and I have great relationships with my professors at community college, I ...
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Should I mention in my letter of recommendation that my student has bad handwritting?

A student I taught is really a good student but writes like he is writing with his wrong hand. The college where I teach requires every one to administer a subjective final exam for 60% of the grade. ...
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Should I ask for generic reference letter?

As I see I should apply for multiple PhD programs, because it is difficult to get in. Some programs require reference letter from professors or supervisors. I don’t believe that profesors have time ...
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Selecting references for PhD applications: are industry references OK?

My background: Final year computer science undergraduate in the UK. Spent one year working in a scientific facility developing software for scientists. My colleagues had previous academic experience ...
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Protocol for writing a recommendation letter for someone you only know on a personal basis

I am a graduate student. A close friend of mine is applying to post graduate research position and has asked me to provide a recommendation for her. I have never written a formal recommendation letter ...
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Unacceptable quality of writing in a letter of recommendation

I have received a letter of recommendation which clearly has been written by my referee's assistant, rather than himself. That in itself wouldn't be a problem if it didn't contain phrases such as ...
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Recommendation letter from a PhD-to-be?

I am applying for Master programs in Educational and Clinical Psychology. And I am in the process of choosing people for writing my recommendation letters. I have a BA in Psychology and I wasn't much ...
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What is a good amount of time to wait to check up on a recommender after the initial request?

So, about a month ago, I sent three requests for letters of recommendation. Since then, two of them have finished their letters and one (I imagine) is quite busy and told me he probably won't be able ...
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Is it possible to acquire a letter of recommendation without meeting face to face?

Of course it is not a good idea, preferably one would meet up with the professor to make the agreement. In my case, I've talked to the prof for a year, and then went off work for a year, now I need a ...
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Can I apply for PhD without recommendation from my masters advisor?

I am currently applying for a PhD in a very competitive top tier university, which requires three references. I have two referees (my tutor and my undergraduate research project supervisor) who I am ...
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Letter of recommendation for grad. school application source

I am applying for admission to the Master's program next fall. However I am in doubt about the source of reference. I have two options: My mentor at a research institute who was pursuing his PhD. ...
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Is it appropriate to email some new information to my recommendation-letter writers on Thanksgiving if the deadline is a few days later?

I just found out one of my grad school electronic applications is having problem with a third party letter service company. So I have to ask the letter writers themselves to upload the recommendation ...
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Letter of recommendation from employer for MS in U.S. universities

Is a letter of recommendation from an employer required to be on the official letter head of the company? Also is it okay if I give the recommender's personal email?
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What do profs actually think when writing a letter of recommendation for an average student for grad school

Grad school application starts now along with all the anxieties associated with it. One of the question I ask myself and repeatedly get asked by my peers is that what would the profs think when the ...
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No response from Professor, how should I write a follow email for recommendation letter?

I'm now applying to BS/MS program and I'm gathering recommendations. I'm an international student from China and I was been transferred to my current college one year ago. The week before last week ...
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Requesting a recommendation before the end of the course

I am applying for PhD school and I need to 3-4 reference letters. I have 3 references but 2 of them are from my undergraduate institution and the 3rd is my current master's thesis advisor. I was told ...
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Accepting a “good but not great” recommendation for graduate school

I'm applying for graduate school in a hard science this year, and most things on my application are pretty good so far. Regarding letters however, there is a point of confusion. I know two of my ...
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Does it look bad if letter of recommendation comes from an emeritus professor?

I wonder is it a good idea to ask for a letter of recommendation from a emeritus professor who I took his course and knows me well? I was wondering is it bad to get a letter from someone who is not ...
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Who to ask for a reference for scholarship application?

I am a first year master student applying to a research scholarship, and I am having trouble choosing who to ask for a reference. In my program, there is a rotation period in which students rotate ...
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How to say “thank you” to a professor who has written a recommendation letter for me?

I recently asked two of my professors to write me recommendation letters and they promptly and kindly accepted to do that. It is now two weeks since then. I want to send “thank you” notes to them. Is ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for more than one recommendation letter from the same person [duplicate]

I will be applying for Ph.D programs in mathematics and hence I'll be needing letters of recommendation from my professors. There are two or three professors with whom I have a lot of academic ...
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Does one page LOR hurt my chance of getting to graduate school

I recently asked from the professor whom I have done research with him and I also did great in his class for LOR. He agreed to write a positive letter of recommendation for me however when I talked to ...
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Is having a “too good to be true” recommendation bad?

I am applying to grad school and I asked one of my professors to write a letter of recommendation on my behalf. He happily agreed. He submitted a recommendation and forwarded the confirmation email to ...