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

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How common is it for recommendation letters to be sent directly from the writer to the recipient?

Something that I frequently read on academia.SE is that recommendation letters, in most circumstances, are sent directly from the person writing the letter to the person/committee reading the letter, ...
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Can I ask for a “general” letter of recommendation?

I'm a first-year undergraduate finishing up a course that I've done very well in with a professor whom I have a great relationship with. I'd like to ask him for a letter of recommendation, but it's ...
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How to write a recommendation letters for an undergrad student applying to transfer to another university?

As a new faculty member, I have just received my first request to write a recommendation letter for an undergrad student who is looking to transfer to a more prestigious university. I taught this ...
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Student asks for letter of recommendation: I can't remember the student

I have already had this issue a few times. I just received an e-mail from a former student of an undergraduate course, asking for a letter of recommendation to apply for graduate studies. This course ...
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How closely to the deadline should I expect professor to submit reference letter on my behalf?

I asked a professor to write a reference letter for me and he agreed to it; however, the deadline is coming up and he has yet to submit the letter. As I am not experienced with the process, I wanted ...
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How should I ask professor for letter of recommendation?

I'm a freshman undergrad student, and I'm applying for some programs that require letters of recommendation. I already have one professor who seems happy to write one for me, but I have another who I ...
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Leaving postdoc after less than one year with no reference letter

I've been in my first postdoc for a year and feel that I'm not progressing in my career. There has been communication issues with my PI, he's not very supportive of his senior postdocs, and it takes a ...
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Should a reference letter for a student always be positive?

I am finding the following moral problem, and possibly people with more experience could help me. One of my Master students (who recently finished his master studies) is applying for PhD positions. ...
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Name spelling problem in recommendation letter

I have applied to several US universities for admission to the PhD program this fall, so I requested my professors to write recommendations for me. One of the professor wrote my name incorrectly. My ...
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Do I have to sign a recommendation letter that will be submitted online?

I am a lecturer at a public university in Bangladesh. I am going to give recommendations for students from my class who are going to apply for graduate admission to some US universities. These letters ...
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Professor didn't write a letter because I didn't waive my right to view it. How to let him know that I have changed this?

I'm applying to UIUC and have asked 3 of my professors to write me recommendation letters. One professor, who I discussed my application with before extensively, wrote back to me after I was done with ...
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Is it hard to get PhD funding, with no academic research experience, after 2 years in industry? [closed]

I am planning to apply for PhD at the school where I got my master’s in media 1.5 years ago. I went straight from my bachelor’s (took me 4 years) to my master’s. So after finishing 5 years of uni, I ...
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To senior researchers, how would you view a student you wanted to work with, but who could not?

I am a Ph.D. student and met this senior scientist in a local conference, let's call him Dr. XX. (He is working in a research institute like Bell Lab, not exactly in academia.) We took some interest ...
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Applying for PHD in Europe: getting a recommendation

I'm considering applying into an (individual) PHD program, after graduating from a top Russian university (computer science) with moderately high grades in 2013 and 3 years of professional experience. ...
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Should I “offer” something when asking for a letter of recommendation?

I'm an undergraduate and currently applying to summer research programs that ask for letters of recommendation. Last summer, I did research at a university with a professor who I'm planning on asking ...
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One of my former professors no longer works as an academic, Can I still ask her for a recommendation letter?

I am applying for a graduate school which has a special reference form to be filled. On the form, the referee should write his/her name and position. Does that mean all referees must be current ...
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Just received a great recommendation letter with one incident of a different student name

In reviewing graduate school applications, I have a letter of recommendation that consists of two paragraphs. The first one is very detailed and personalised. The second one I think is standard and ...
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Any way around letters of recommendation requirement?

I'd like to apply for an MBA (sick of working in IT and want to change) but seemingly every university I look at requires multiple letters of reference, one of which from a current supervisor. Is ...
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US Master Admissions, LoR: Academic vs. Employer

As a matter of recommendation letters, how do US admissions to MS programs generally look at LoRs from employers as opposed to those from academics? And how are recommendation letters generally ...
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What do I do if I don't have anyone to write my letters of recommendation for undergraduate research programs?

I'm currently a second year student in maths and I want to apply to some REUs but I haven't made any remarkable relationships with my profs or anyone in the department. As well, I've just been an ...
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How is a PhD applicant's potential as a researcher evaluated?

I have been approaching PhD applications under these assumptions: The focus is mostly on the letters of recommendation. Every admitted applicant has several letters that make a convincing argument ...
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I have an undergraduate degree and no research experience — how to begin now?

I recently earned an undergraduate degree in computer science*. I had no interest in going to grad school, so I focused purely on coursework. I have no research experience. I am now more open to the ...
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How to avoid gender bias when writing letters of recommendation?

Finding letter writing guidelines that simply say something like "avoid gender bias" is rather easy. Finding letter writing guidelines that explain what this means in more detail is extremely ...
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How to choose a recommender during graduate school applications?

I am applying for a Ph.D. in Mathematics in U.S. universities from India. The application process requires me to register people who can comment on my capability for research and recommend me for the ...
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University does not explicitly request either a motivational letter or recommendation letters

I am applying to University of Helsinki for Master degree, just filed the application. But the weird thing about it - they do not explicitly ask neither for letter of motivation nor recommendation ...
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Writing a letter of recommendation for your own, new grad student?

I have a new PhD student who needs a rather large number of letters of recommendation for a fellowship. Normally I would not agree to write such a letter without knowing the student for a longer ...
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How to write a letter to nominate an awesome Professor for an award?

How to write a letter to nominate an awesome past Professor for an award for work he has done in our university? This professor established a cyber security scholarship program at our engineering ...
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Is the professor's reputation taken into consideration by the admissions committee when they read her/his recommendation letter

I worked as an RA and a TA with a professor, therefore I am hoping for a solid recommendation letter. However, I am concerned if the admissions committee would run a background check on the professor ...
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Should I ask a recommendation letter from a supervisor with whom I had sometimes difficult time working with? [duplicate]

I will be applying for PhD positions in the UK. I have three years of previous research experience, and I worked with four professors who could write me recommendation letters. I will be applying to ...
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Will a professor get annoyed with frequent requests for recommendation letters?

Just last month I asked three professors to write me recommendation letters for my graduate school application. They all agreed. Then today I found an internship that also requires recommendation ...
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Letter of recommendation from Head of Department vs Assistant professor?

I am applying for my post graduate studies. From which person is it better to get letter of recommendation? From the person who taught me 2 sems and presently is Head of Department of my graduate ...
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Letting professors know who else is writing my letters of recommendation

Should I let each of my recommenders for grad school know who else is writing letters for me? I often see it suggested on checklists of what information to provide the writers. Would this help the ...
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changing LOR waiver right for an online application [on hold]

I requested recommendation letters from three different people. In the recommendation letter process, is it possible that the recommenders know whether the requester's rights are waived? For one of my ...
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Is a letter of recommendation from an employer useful, when the company has shut down?

I worked for a while with a company developing software, at which I also used mathematics (my field of undergraduate study) often. I was close with my employer until the company shut down, but we ...
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How to get reference from lab I worked with, when lab head seems unlikely to help and I was advised not to ask postdoc

I'm looking for PhD but I'm having issues with my referees. I did a placement year and for my second referee I was advised to use one from my placement. I worked only with 1 Post-Doc there but I was ...
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Recommendation Letter from a non Phd faculty member - URGENT! [closed]

I am applying for MS/PhD in Petroleum Engineering. My dilemma is that my academic project is under a non-PhD faculty member. She is currently undergoing PhD. Would it be wise to take LOR from her? I ...
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A PhD program recommendation fell through. How do I deal with this?

I am finishing up a MA in Global Affairs, and I am in the process of applying to several doctoral programs. Two and a half weeks ago, I asked three of my professors if they would recommend me. I made ...
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I had a “quarrel” with my bachelor thesis advisor, should I ask him to be my one of my referees for grad application?

Last year this happened to me : I have asked a professor if he were available for being my graduate thesis advisor, now my bachelor thesis advisor is angry with me After that, I decided to apologize ...
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Would it be rude to put my professor's name in for a reference when he hasn't responded yet?

I asked this professor for a recommendation letter last admissions season, and he said yes immediately and was very good about sending in letters. This year he's much much harder to get a hold of, ...
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Etiquette for email asking graduate administrator to contact my reference regarding a deadline extension

I've applied to the University of ....... for fall 2016 graduate admission. The deadline for my references to submit the recommendation letters is December 01. One of my references is currently ...
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Trouble with getting PhD recommendations - almost 60% turnover in faculty

I just want to find out if this is normal, and see if anyone has any advice. I recently decided to apply for a PhD program, and have been trying to get letters of recommendation. I first went with ...
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I can't trust my supervisor anymore, but have to have his letter of recommendation. What should I do?

Background I did my masters research project with Prof X. While doing this I joined his lab, where he used to ask me to do random tasks i.e. taking part in different projects, conducting lectures to ...
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How to politely ask for recommendation letters to professors

I am applying to a few different masters' programs this fall after having applied to a different program last year. In the end, I decided not to pursue that option due to financial reasons. I ...
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Receiving recommendation letters after graduation

I am applying for a few different masters' programs and I need three recommendation letters total. I graduated from university last year spring, and when I send emails to the professors I had for my ...
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Can a PhD student write a letter of recommendation for coauthor/collaborator?

My good friend and I coauthored a paper that was accepted at a major research conference. He works in industry and has now decided to apply for PhD programs. He asked that I write him a letter of ...
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Recommendation Letter Request: No response

I am applying to graduate school, and I am having a problem with recommendation letters. I need three recommendation letters with two of them being academic reference letters. Honestly, last year, I ...
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Post Doc recommendation letters sent but no response [closed]

I have three letters of recommendation sent to a potential post doc employer but when I asked if my recommendation is completed, I did not receive any response from him and it has been a week. Before ...
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Still no response from potential referees… Suggestions?

About a week ago, I emailed three of my MA tutors to ask them if they can write me a letter of recommendation for my PhD application. No one has answered yet, though. I know that tutors are busy ...
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What can I do if one of my referees falsifies information in a Letter of Recommendation?

I am in a difficult situation in regards to letters of recommendation and I would like to ask for a bit of advice from all of you. This past June, I applied to several different medical schools ...
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Is an actual recommendation letter (vs. the name of a reference) standard at the UK Lecturer or US Assistant Professor level?

I'm currently 2/3 of the way through my first postdoc, and starting to look around at, and apply for, my next job. I've noticed that some places require three letters of recommendation, whereas other ...