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

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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 ...
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Who should I ask for reference letters for academic positions?

I am planning to apply for tenure track academic positions, and I already got 3 letters from people who I have worked with during my PhD, including my advisor. Do you think I should seek out letters ...
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I am applying to many universities, how should I ask my professors to re-write recommendation letters?

I applied for PhD but I have not been accepted, and now I want to apply for another university and I want to request recommendation-letter from the same professors, what should I write in my ...
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Is it appropriate to call professor?

I exchanged an email with a professor on Thursday and he asked me if I am available to call him on a specific time next Monday. I replied the email to confirm the time but no reply from him. ...
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Using a letter of recommendation from freshman year professor?

I am an electrical engineering senior, and I am preparing to apply to Master's programs in three different fields: communications engineering, embedded systems, and computational engineering. I need ...
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Is it possible to find a PhD position in social sciences without having letters of recommendation?

I am a European scholar. I would like to do a PhD dissertation in USA on an original and unpopular subject from a social science standpoint. I would like to empirically investigate the subject, which ...
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Writing a recommendation for highschool student

I am a full time researcher at a research institute, we are part of a university, but the institute does not have students, just researchers. I mostly have assistant researchers and interns that are ...
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Is it possible for a grad school applicant to cancel a letter of recommendation once it is submitted?

I asked my professor to send a letter of recommendation for me because I worked for him and I did great in his course. He submitted his LOR and I receive the confirmation email from the graduate ...
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How will an application for graduate admissions be affected if psychological issues prevent student from getting strong recommendations?

What if a student is unable to or has difficulty getting strong recommendation letters (for graduate admissions in mathematics) due to psychological factors, such as autism? Will graduate schools ...
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Warning a student before writing a bad reference? [duplicate]

I had to get two letters of recommendations and one of them sent it to me to send out (I've worked with him for a long time and he gives me glowing reviews) and then I had the other one who simply ...
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Who should be provided as an academic reference for job applications?

I am instructed by my university to offer 1 academic reference and 1 work reference for industry work (I am doing a year-long placement). However, all attempts to actually get suggestions on who to ...
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What should a student do, when a professor delays submitting his letter of recommendation?

I'm applying to Stanford, which requires 2 letters of recommendation from teachers, due in 2 days. Both teachers have known about this since mid-September, but one of them hasn't submitted his ...
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How to build relationships with professors in such a way that results in good letters of recommendation?

I know a lot of questions are asked about letters of recommendation, but I was unable to find anything on this site or the internet in general that spoke to the particular issue of how to build the ...
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Getting Letters of recommedation with no professor suport

How does one obtain letters of rec after he/she graduated from university? I am currently enrolled in a post-bac biotechnology program where I could identity one potential candidate for a letter. I ...
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References for PhD Application: Is reputation or personal relationship more important?

I am a Master's student who is currently applying for PhD programs in math. When it comes to the letter of recommendation, I need to choose one out of the following three professors. A: Very ...
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Recommendations for CS Masters application [duplicate]

I'm unfamiliar with the cycle for Master's degree applications, and am beginning to explore it now. It would be nice if someone could provide a general overview of what the application cycle entails. ...
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What is the recommender address and his/her title or position in graduate applications?

I was trying to fill out the graduate school application for graduate school. However in the "recommender info" part it asks me to enter the address, city, institute and title or position but I wonder ...
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Professor asked me for draft of letter of recommendation,what should I do? [duplicate]

I know there are a lot of discussions about this topic in this forum and I read all of them but my situation is slightly different. I took a class with my professor and I worked in his research lab ...
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How are letters of recommendation handled when they come from a member of the admissions committee?

I've asked three professors from the school I did my undergraduate studies at to write letters of recommendation for me. However, one of the schools I'm applying to is that same school. In other ...
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As an inexperienced/unknown recommendation letter writer, what should I do to make my letter stand out?

It is generally acknowledged that one should try to get recommendation letters (for grad school, jobs, etc.) from well-known experienced members of your field, if at all possible (for e.g. see some of ...
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Intent behind Recommendation Letter requirement?

What is the inherent idea of having a recommendation letter/ "letter of reference" requirement in academia, especially while applying to grad schools? I understand that if the person giving the ...
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Writing a recommendation letter as an employer for a student applying to programs in a different field

I have been asked to write a letter of recommendation for a student I formerly supervised at my place of employment (at university, but as a staff member). The graduate programs the student is ...
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How much emphasis should be put on programming ability in a letter of recommendation for CS graduate studies?

I have a little computer science background. In one of my statistic courses we did significant data analysis with SAS and R coding. I'm getting this professor to write a LOR for me. He wants me to ...
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Letter of recommendation from professor who is not longer at your university

I am applying to graduate school in US for MS and Phd program. I wonder is it a good idea to ask for a letter of recommendation from someone that I took his course and I did amazing in his class and ...
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Professor will not write a letter of recommendation because I have restricted access to my records under FERPA, is this legitimate?

I am preparing my tenure-track faculty application materials for the current hiring cycle, and I'm thinking of replacing one of my reference writers with one of my PhD committee members (I'll call him ...
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Which among an LoR for startup work and a “good student” LoR, will be more effective?

I am applying for Master's program in CS. I have the following two alternatives: An LoR from a startup founder for significant and relevant work. The possible problem is that the entire team ...
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Does a letter of recommendation from a postdoc who's been my instructor carry much weight?

In large universities, undergraduate students tend to receive instruction mostly from recent PhD graduates or post-doctoral fellows. This is especially true during the first two years, when students ...
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Does it look bad to have more letters of recommendation from undergrad than masters professors in PhD admissions?

I did my undergrad at university A, and my masters at university B. I am now applying to university C which requires 3 letters of recommendation. Naturally, my thesis advisor is one of them. I also ...
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Who to ask for letters of recommendation when changing fields after PhD?

I want to apply to competitive postdoc programs in a different field than the one of my PhD. It asks for 3 recommendation letters. What to do if none of my collaborators is well-known in the target ...
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How do Professors feel about writing recommendation letter?

Just curious about how professors feel about having to write recommendation letters? Is it a chore for them? Or do they actually enjoy writing them? Or is it more of neutral. I am in a situation of ...
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Will a recommendation letter such as that written for John F. Nash be convincing?

I noticed in the book "A Beautiful Mind", by Sylvia Nasar, that a recommendation letter, for PhD applications, written for John F. Nash runs as follows: This man is a genius. Then, out of curiosity, ...
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Is it worthwhile to find a teaching letter writer who can also speak to research abilities?

When applying for academic jobs in the US, one is often asked for a recommendation letter from someone who can attest to your teaching abilities. Should you try to find a teaching-letter-writer who ...
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Is it advisable to submit multiple teaching letters for tenure-track teaching-focused jobs?

When applying for academic jobs in the US, one is often asked for at least one recommendation letter from someone who can attest to your teaching abilities. If applying for a tenure-track teaching ...
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Can a teaching letter be written by faculty/staff outside your department?

When applying for academic jobs in the US, one is often asked for a recommendation letter from someone who can attest to your teaching abilities. Must such a letter be from a faculty member from your ...
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How much experience should a teaching letter writer have with my teaching?

When applying for academic jobs in the US, one is often asked for a recommendation letter from someone who can attest to your teaching abilities. How much experience should the letter-writer have ...
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Can one of your letters of recommendation come from a professor in a department unrelated to your field of study?

I took a research writing course at my university (which is required of most students) and did extremely well in the course, winning a writing award for the work I did in that class and having it ...
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How to address graduate school recommendation letter?

Since I'm applying for grad school, I'm currently in the process of acquiring recommendation letters from my professors. They usually ask me a few questions about how to guide the letter, such as what ...
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Is it a good idea to submit a recommendation letter from a friend who is doing PhD at the university I am going to apply?

I got a friend who is doing PhD at one of the prestigious universities. Two and half years back we were classmates in graduate studies. I have good relations with him. I started working for industry ...
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Does it matter from whom we receive a letter of recommendation?

I am wondering is it important who is writing our letter of recommendation? I mean, does it matter whether the faculty is assistant professor or distinguished professor?
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Should a mid-career faculty application include a letter from the former PhD advisor?

I have been in a tenure-track position in 5-6 years and I am applying to positions in other universities, including tenured positions. For the list of references, should I include my former PhD ...
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Is it acceptable to only use refererences from other universities?

I am applying to mathematics tenure track positions after a postdoc. I have three research letters from professors at Research 1 universities, and each are AMS fellows. One is my PhD supervisor. My ...