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

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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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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 ...
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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 ...