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

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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 ...
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Not waiving the right to see letter of recommendation [duplicate]

I would like to know is it bad and unethical if I do not waive my right to see the letter of recommendation written by the professors? Should I talk to the professor before to see whether they are OK ...
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Is there a polite way to rescind a request for recommendation letter?

I am reconsidering whether I want a professor's (call him X) letter of recommendation for a PhD program. The basic facts are these: I took Dr. X's class and did well. He encouraged me to apply to a ...
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Relevance vs. significance consideration in soliciting letters of recommendation

Currently I'm preparing for graduate school application. I have asked two professors to write me letters of recommendation, and I believe they know my research ability well enough to produce some ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a professor via e-mail for a letter of recommendation?

I have been out of school since May now, and I am considering applying for graduate school. I currently live nowhere near the university I attended. Would it be appropriate for me to ask for a ...
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How to apply with past postdoc or PhD positions which did not result in publications or recommendation letters due to conflict with supervisor?

To make the long story short, at the end of my PhD (Just 3 months before my viva), I realized that my PhD supervisor is liar and totally dishonest, probably he has his own reasons, but this is what I ...
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What does it mean if a professor asks you to draft his reference letter for you?

This question is, honestly speaking, probably somewhat opinion-based, but I still want to give a shot. A professor acceded to my invitation of writing a reference letter for me. Nevertheless, unlike ...
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Can I ask a lecturer for letter of recommendation

I wonder can I ask a lecturer who I took his course and I did amazing in his class for a letter of recommendation? The reason why I am asking is because lecturers are not usually doing research and ...
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Why are recommendation letters crucial for scholarships or graduate admissions?

I saw a question asking how to write recommendation letters and I wonder why this is so important? Why are recommendation letters crucial for scholarship applications for studying in Masters or ...
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What should be included in a support letter?

I would like to know is there any format or things have to be aware when writing a support letter? The letter is to support the application of a student to an award.
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Is it ok for one of your letters of recommendation to come from someone in the department/program to which you are applying?

[See title.] It seems ok, but one might consider it unfair in some sense? I just wanted to make sure this is acceptable. (I am specifically talking about graduate school applications.) Edit: I ...
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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 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 ...