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

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Apply too many schools? Prof tired of sending out recommendation letter? [duplicate]

For grad school application (US univerisity), we need recommendation from prof. I guess the process is that system send out recommendation letter request to prof's email. Do you guys know how long ...
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Lack of letter of recommendation due to long-term research experience

I only have 2 research experiences, one of which lasted more than a year and is starting to look very promising for high impact factor publication (I'll be the second author though, and it's not ...
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What makes for a “strong” LoR for graduate application?

I searched this site and it seems that some individual cases were addressed, but is there any general guideline? For example, between a renowned professor who may barely fill up one page, and another ...
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Former professor wants an update to write a recommendation letter, should I include a bad grade?

I studied physics and computer science as an undergrad, got a master's in computer science, and now am applying for a second master's in engineering physics. So, I have emailed one of my old physics ...
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How early should one request a letter of recommendation for graduate school?

I will be applying to start graduate school in the U.S. next year during the Fall. Currently I am an undergraduate senior student and most programs require three letters of recommendation with the ...
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Is there a way around the three letters of recommendation? [closed]

I had lackluster grades before I dropped out of high scbool and acquired my GED in 2005. It seems like every college I'm interested in requires two letters of recommendation (Cal Arts requires 3) and ...
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Should I use a Berkeley professor's recommendation with other colleges? [closed]

I recently received a letter of recommendation from a well known Berkeley professor. My question is, would it be wise to apply to other universities with that letter of recommendation, or would the ...
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Ousted from PhD by mentor resulting in bad reference [closed]

I am writing about my close friend's serious problem, looking for advice on how to understand and improve the situation. My friend was pursuing his PhD in Israel and things seemed to progress ...
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Can I request references from people in the program I'm applying to?

Sorry if this is an obvious question. I earned a MS in psych, went and worked a few years, and I'm thinking I want to go back and finish out the degree, earn a PhD. More than one of my professors at ...
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Should I resend the emails if professor do not reply to my email? [duplicate]

So I'm sending emails to professors right now (during summer break) to get letters. However, some just didn't reply at all, some replied to my previous saying "I don't know if my major is related to ...
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Should I ask for each recommendation letter separately?

I will be applying for a PhD this year. So, I would like to ask for recommendation letters soon. Should I ask for each recommendation letter separately, or may I group email all the letter writers? Is ...
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Is it better to have just two good letters of recommendation, or two good letters and one bad letter, if three are expected?

Some universities say that "The minimum number of letters of recommendation are 2 but we highly encourage 3". If I know that I can get 2 good letters of recommendation but they "highly encourage 3", ...
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Getting a reference from a PhD student

I am getting ready to apply to mathematics graduate programs this semester. As far as I know most school require 3 letters of reference. I've secured two letters but for my third letter I have a ...
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How can I obtain an academic reference, if I have been out of college for a very long time?

I have completed my Master's degree 25+ years ago, and I decided to go back to college to further my education with a Doctorate degree. I fulfill all the requirements, except for the need to provide 2 ...
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Apprehensive advisor - Recommendation letter for Ph.D applications [duplicate]

I am a Master's student in Computer Science. In a few months, I will graduate and my grades are good. I am involved in a research project and hope to get a publication from that. The problem is that ...
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Asking for letter of recommendation from professor twice [duplicate]

Is it okay to ask a professor for a letter of recommendation if they wrote you one a year ago? Also, is it normal to ask a professor to send the old one to the new location if this is a year after ...
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How to get good recommendation when working under a phd student as an undergraduate

I am not sure whether this is normal. I worked under a PhD student last year and I don't think I had any contact with prof. After I finished my work last year, we arranged a meeting so I could ...
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Old friend wants to use me as an academic reference

I was recently contacted by a friend to give an academic reference, as we were both students at the same university. The problem is that, he only completed the first 2 years of his degree and then ...
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Who to cite as referees for a post doc position?

I am currently finishing my PhD thesis and trying to find a post doc. My PhD supervisor is a very nice guy and he is of course 1 of my referees. But most places need 2-3. So I am not sure who to ...
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Electronic recommendation letter tips

Is it possible the recommendation letter be sent directly to the recruiter by the person who writes it? Also, does the letter needs to be signed by hand? Maybe is enough to see that the letter comes ...
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Recommendation from a PhD candidate [duplicate]

Can we get recommendation from a PhD candidate, with whom we have published a paper in a top journal? He will be defending his doctoral dissertation in next four months.
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Reference letter from third world country

I hold a 5 years "specialist degree" from a university in Belarus and I'm going to apply to a Ph. D. program in engineering in US. I have several problems regarding my reference letters. The ...
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How to get academic reference for grad school admission if I didn't interact with professors in my online bachelor's degree?

I need a letter of recommendation, but am unsure how to get it. I am applying to graduate school. I need three letters of recommendation. I have 2/3. Some schools to which I am applying require the ...
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Are there PhD programs that do not require letters of recommendation?

I am applying for PhD in Mathematics. I am wondering if there are any schools or programs that do not require letters of recommendation. Do all graduate programs require these?
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Will these “errors” in my advisor's letter raise red flags when I apply for academic faculty positions?

I am currently on the job market. One of the positions uses the online application system where I am able to open the letters of recommendation and read them. I found out that there are "errors" in my ...
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Which e-mail address should I give for a recommender in an application?

For an application, I have to fill in the contact information of somebody who wrote me a recommendation letter. The person owns three e-mail accounts: permanent (on Gmail), my university’s e-mail ...
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I had an internship with the professor I'm applying for. Is it possible to ask for a recommendation letter?

I talked to a professor in a top US university and he asked me to apply but he said finally admission committee decides. If I go to his lab for a summer internship, is it OK to ask for a ...
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How to reminded a Prof of a promised recommendation letter (2 years ago) [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate student volunteered at a research lab 2 years ago, working under a phd student. At the end of the work term, the phd student arranged a meeting with the prof so that I presented ...
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How do I effectively solicit a strong letter of recommendation from a professor?

I have been asked to write many letters of recommendation over many years. In some cases, the requesters have made this task easy and enjoyable, and others, less so. I'd like to offer some guidelines ...
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Grad Application: Research Experience without Letter of Recommendation

I am in the process of applying for graduate school, and I have some past research experience during summer. I am not planning to get a letter of recommendation from the supervisor whom I worked with ...
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How is an LOR presented when applying for grad school?

I am going to apply for grad school starting this December. I have heard that an LOR is pretty essential in the process. I have a few professors I can approach. But my question is: how do you present ...
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What if my professor writes me a negative LOR, in order to keep me working with him?

I am a undergrad student, and I am currently conducting summer research under a professor. During our last meeting, I have revealed that I wish to go to school A for my graduate study. But my prof ...
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Current Masters student, need advisor for PhD (no public announcements in the department)?

I am a masters student at a top-rated US university in electrical engineering. I have been working under a professor who joined the department last semester. He is quite happy with my progress, but ...
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Recommendations from professors in unrelated fields

I have been working with a professor (working meaning meeting roughly once a week to discuss progress and problems) for a few years now, but plan to apply for graduate schools in an unrelated field. I ...
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Changing PhD programs: should I submit a recommendation letter from my old advisor if it's not purely positive?

I am in the process of changing PhD programs, and my previous supervisor cannot write a letter that is purely positive. The main difficulty is that she wants to include details about what happened at ...
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Having trouble getting recommendation letter for masters

I completed my undergraduate degree with good grades five years back. After that I have been working for a well-known organization for the last 5 years. I recently decided to pursue a master's ...
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Letter of recommendation from online classes

I am living overseas for work for the next two years and finished my masters 15 years ago. Now I am taking graduate courses at Oregon State U online to prepare for applying to a Phd program. I ...
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apply US professor/faculty position without PhD advisor's reference letter [duplicate]

I got my PhD degree from the one of the most excellent universities in Asia and am currently postdoc in US. However, I had the worst nightmare PhD advisor who thought his own students as potential ...
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Is it common to seek outside letters for the third-year renewal of an assistant professor?

I often write promotion letters for faculty going up for tenure or promotion to full professor. For those who are unaware, this involves reviewing a candidate's entire portfolio including research ...
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How to handle letters of recommendation requirements in this situation?

I'm wondering about the best way to handle the following situation. Some time ago I've asked my then-potential referees about possibility to become my reference sources and they kindly agreed, after ...
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Online recommendation for an applicant who is not the recommender's student

My recommender and I know each other through scientific discussions and collaborations. I have never been his student. He told me that in the online recommendation form they asked him some questions ...
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Is it appropriate to use a previous (recent) letter of recommendation for a different application?

I have an outstanding letter of recommendation from someone who I am no longer in regular contact with and it would be a hardship to contact them in person (to receive a signed letter). This is the ...
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Does 'securing letters of recommendations' count as one of legitimate reasons of going abroad for one semester?

I am going to apply for one semester of study abroad at a more prominent university than the one I am currently enrolled in. One of my true motivations to apply is to secure letters of recommendations ...
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How should I thank this person who wrote a letter of rec for me (but to a different school than the one I'm attending?)

I've poked around the answers here and I think my situation is unusual enough to warrant a new question. In short, I applied to graduate programs for this fall, and I did the rounds asking my ...
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Is it okay to view my recommendation letter once I've been accepted at a college?

I had a really reputable person write me a recommendation letter for colleges. He told me that he wrote the best recommendation letter in his life. He told me that the recommendation letter hints that ...
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Is it appropriate to ask a Professor to write a recommendation letter for applying to another university?

I am currently studying at an university in Europe (undergraduate, first year)and would like to transfer (next year or in two years) to an university in UK. UCAS requires a reference to accompany your ...
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How to write a reference request for a candidate that I see unfit for the application?

This question is a bit different from this question: What to do if asked to write a letter of recommendation for a weak candidate? Instead of not knowing the student well enough, I know the student ...
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How to find professional references?

I am from a small country where we do not have many eminent professors, but I did work hard and published over 30 papers which were cited more than 400 times. I am applying for research jobs ...
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Do I stand a chance in US universities? How can I ask for so many recommendation letters? [closed]

I'm a fresh graduate with a bachelor degree in electrical and electronic engineering, currently aiming to study in the US for my masters degree. I am an international graduate from an accredited ...
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About recommendation letters

University requirements might be different but most of them ask for recommendation letters. Leaving everything else (Degree, GPA, publications) they rely heavily on the recommendation letters. Not one ...