Is it ethical (or advisable) to ask a professor I did a REU with for a recommendation letter when their university is among my application choices?

Note: if I get admitted (the admission process is centralized), this professor has agreed to be my advisor.

  • You can ask, but they might say no. My Master's supervisor did not write a reference for me when I applied to his uni for PhD, because it was essentially a waste of a letter. The committee didn't need to read his opinion of me since they could just ask him in person. – astronat Mar 3 '18 at 12:10
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    Ask. This professor is in an ideal position to recommend you. Also, not all admissions committees are going to do things as informally as what @astronat described. For example, they like to document their decision making. – aparente001 Mar 3 '18 at 12:47
  • What is an REU? – Ben - Reinstate Monica Oct 3 '18 at 3:22

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