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

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How much do letters of recommendation help in a statistics Phd program application?

I am an undergraduate mathematics student who is looking to apply to a Statistics Phd program. I asked a few professors how much letter of recommendation help a student get in to a Phd program and I ...
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How much do I include in my personal statement? [on hold]

I studied computer science in a school that is not well known. This alone makes me very uneasy about my chances at attending a more respected (top 20) US graduate institution for my PhD. My GPA was ...
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How would a collective recommendation letter from co-workers be perceived for admissions to MFA requiring work experience?

I am planning to apply to an MFA program in product design, and one of the admissions requirements is having at least 1 year of work experience. My office is structured pretty horizontally (so, ...
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In mathematics in the USA, is it appropriate for your teaching letter of recommendation to be from a previous university?

I am finishing a 3-year postdoc, and will be applying to many universities for positions, including teaching colleges and research universities. I have 4 good research letters, but none discuss my ...
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Should I be stressed about asking for an Academic Reference?

I need a academic reference for application of a PhD program. I believe this is the same as what is called a Letter of Recommendation, at other institutions. I am getting one from my potential ...
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Asking for a recommendation from a professor who I did bad in his courses

I am applying for a PhD and I am asked for 3 recommendation letters. I have 2 which I think are good letters. I am looking for someone to provide the third. I had 4 courses with a certain professor in ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a professor how I may be able to improve my letter of recommendation?

Background I graduated with a BS in math about a year and a half ago from a not well known school and with a less than stellar academic record. I did not go to graduate school (I was not accepted). ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for letters of recommendation from professor on maternity leave?

A professor who knows me very well is currently on maternity leave (her baby arrived in late April). This professor has known me for 4 years (since first semester of undergraduate career) and also ...
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Ill Recommender Gave Me Letter To Submit

I'll be on the job market this year for teaching positions at very small schools or lecturer positions at large schools. I took a class about two years ago now that was focused on teaching pedagogy. ...
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Recommendation Letter from a non-PhD referee

I am applying for a PhD program and I am in the process of choosing people for recommendation letters. Being someone in the final year of master's program (and not been involved with many people in ...
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From whom do prospective grad students get recommendation letters?

Most top graduate programs require at least 3 recommendation letters. Do students who apply to such programs (and have a reasonable chance to get in) typically have such extensive research experience ...
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How do academics get away with writing detailed recommendation letters?

It seems to be accepted wisdom in the business world that reference letters for former employees should be extremely terse. They should confirm that the employee worked there, and essentially nothing ...
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Letter of recommendation for academic position after PhD from a professor with whom I've had teaching-only interactions, not research

When applying for a tenure-track academic position in the US right after my PhD (in the US too), is it a good idea to ask for a letter of recommendation from a professor in my graduate school with ...
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Low ranking university with fund VS Unsure opportunity at a higher ranking one

Two years ago, I completed my bachelor degree with highest honor ranking 1st of my class in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department in my university in Egypt. Since then I have been working ...
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Is there a list of countries (or universities) showing which prefer direct communication with referee?

My students often request letters of reference from me. Sometimes to attend graduate school in the UK, Germany, Switzerland, and sometimes in countries not internationally known for their education ...
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Is it appropriate to call a professor for a recommendation on the weekend?

I emailed my professor about two weeks ago. He didn't respond to my first email. I sent a follow up. He said that he was happy to write one for me on the following weekend. I waited, the weekend ...
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Is it OK to write recommendation letters for two students for the same institution and how to avoid the competition? [duplicate]

I am a teacher in a high school for gifted students and a student (let's call him A) asks me for a recommendation letter some time ago to apply to a top-level university (say AU: Awesome University) ...
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Should references part of CV only include names of the people who wrote recommendation letter to where the CV is going to be sent?

Can one list all the people who have written letters of recommendations for him in his reference part of his CV regardless to where those recommendations are written? Or he should specially prepare ...
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Email to a professor after long time for recommendation

I did my bachelor at university A in which Prof. X supervised my graduation project. I asked him for a recommendation when I was applying to university B for masters and he wrote me a great one. That ...
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how to make it easier for reference to submit recommendation letters? [duplicate]

I am a Computer Science PhD student in the US about to graduate this year and seeking research jobs, many of which require three references. I'll apply for many positions in the coming months, each ...
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Professor won't comment on research in his recommendation

I asked a professor who is my research co-supervisor for a recommendation letter and he said "OK I can write that you are my student and you are good, but I can't comment on your research until you ...
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Apply for PhD positions with only one (or no) reference (letter of recommendation)

After applying for a number of PhD positions I ended up with a surprisingly high rejection rate, and as little as 3 acceptances. Waiting for a positive answer from other labs (which I liked a lot ...
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3 - 4 years since I graduated, how should I time asking for recommendations?

Currently in the military but will be transitioning about in about more than a year. Since I graduated as an undergrad three years ago, I've been setting and planning to go back into graduate school ...
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Getting a letter of recommendation from a new professor

I've read in multiple places that it is important that your recommenders be known to the admission committee. If I were to have a letter of recommendation from a professor who is quite new (Assistant ...
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Should I use recommendation letter from young professor I worked with or well-known professor I met in class?

I'm choosing reference writers for my math PhD application this year, and need to decide between the 2 following professors: Professor X is a young professor with whom I took measure theory and did ...
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Can I get a letter of recommendation from a professor who didn't teach me BUT I did research with?

I am an undergraduate student wanting to transfer to another institution for undergraduate studies. I am a research assistant for a professor at an institution that I do not attend. Would the ...
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What can I do if a professor agreed to write a recommendation letter, but never sent it?

Years ago, a professor agreed to write me a recommendation letter. So I applied to many grad schools indicating him as one of my referees. However, I didn't find out until later that he didn't write ...
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Copied Letter of Recommendation?

I asked one of my professors whom I've known for 2 years to write a recommendation for me now that I'm planning for graduate school— about 3 years later after he left to another university. He asked ...
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Will an internship in biology benefit me when my major is not biology?

I'm an undergraduate majoring in Chemistry. But I'm very much interested in the field of Biology too. Will an internship in Biology benefit me, say when I apply for graduate school? I don't yet know ...
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If I cannot get sufficient recommendation letters, what can I do?

I know you should build a good network with your professors as early as possible, not only it will help your study, but also you can get great recommendation letter from them. But not all students ...
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Can I ask a postdoc to write me a letter of recommendation?

When I apply to a PhD program, may I ask a postdoc who closely supervised me to write a recommendation letter? My supervisor also has written one for me, but I believe the postdoc can comment on my ...
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Do goofs in a recommendation letter hurt a student applying for grad school?

When rereading my copies of letters of recommendation I wrote when a student of mine applied to multiple graduate schools, I was appalled to see mistakes I made where the wrong graduate program was ...
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My Supervisors are not helping in writing recommendations letters

Maybe they are helping and I am the one who does not know how things really work and that's why I am seeking help here. I am about to finish my Master in Computer science (waiting for the oral ...
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Is sending a CV with recommendation letter a good idea?

My coworker requested me to write a recommendation letter for an academic position (postdoc). I myself am a postdoc, and afraid that my name may not be known well enough. In order to support my ...
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What kinds of reference letters sound best to letter readers?

Since I'm only starting my mathematical career, I've only ever requested letters from my advisers. So I was wondering what kinds of letters sound good to people reading reference letters? How does a ...
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References for Ph.D. admission application

I completed my B.A. in 2005 and my M.Ed. in 2010. I'm now looking at going back to school to do a Ph.D., but I'm not sure what to do about the references required for my applications. I'm still able ...
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Writer's contact information in recommendation letter

Should a recommendation letter for graduate school contain the writer's contact information?
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Writing a letter of recommendation as a graduate student

I am a MA student who frequently works with undergraduates on projects. One student has asked me if I can write her a letter of recommendation for graduate school. Are there any risks to me submitting ...
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How to get letter of recommendation from current advisor if transferring PhD to another university for family reasons?

I've been in engineering PhD for 6 months and now considering transferring to another university. The reason is not academic, but family -- I'm in a long distance relationship with my boyfriend. We're ...
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I need a reference letter but I've been out of school for 3 years

Ok I need some advise on my situation. I obtained my BSc in Mathematics and Physics in Spring 2011, but I've been working in a programming position since then, in actuarial business. I want to apply ...
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How to obtain a fair recommendation letter from a professor who knows me via course, not research?

The normal case is that students should obtain a recommendation letter for graduate school from the professor under whom the student has performed research. Currently, I am taking a course conducted ...
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If no choice, is it acceptable to write a recommendation letter for self?

Inspired by the question Is it acceptable to write a reference letter for yourself? I have a related but somewhat different question: Given no choice, is it acceptable to write a recommendation ...
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Is it acceptable to write a reference letter for yourself?

If a student needs a reference letter for graduate admissions or that sort of thing, some profs will ask the student to write a reference letter for themself before sending it off to the prof for ...
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Asking for Recommendation Letters for Multiple Grad School Applications

I would like to apply for many math PhD programs in order to maximize my chance of success. My main question is how should I ask for recommendation letters. In particular, should I ask for a generic ...
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Is it appropriate to compare students to other successful students in a letter of recomendation?

Say you are writing a letter of recommendation for a freshman student of yours who is applying for an undergraduate research position in a field very different from yours. You can of course say some ...
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Recommendation letter from a research adviser who is expelled from the university

My undergraduate research adviser is expelled from the university for political reasons (in Middle East) after more than a decade of teaching and research. Now they have even forced the department to ...
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Getting letters of recommendation for a master's degree if I don't get along with my current advisor

I'm currently in my final undergraduate year and I really want to go to graduate school, but there are some problems: I'm not sure if I can get recommendation letters. < rant> My current advisor ...
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Recommender choice for admission to a MSc program

I am planning to apply for an MSc program in Northern Europe or the UK, starting September 2014, which typically requires two recommendation letters from my former university professors. I have the ...
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What kind of advantage is there for recommendation letters from the university you are applying to?

After reading this question, I started wondering about students applying for graduate school and the letters of recommendation accompaning their applications. Let's say Student is studying at ...
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Is it appropriate to request letters of recommendation from professors a second time?

I received three letters of recommendation for applications to this spring semester, but I chose to decline admission for personal/financial reasons. I am now applying for fall admission, and I would ...