I am a fourth-year student who graduates in May and I only realised mid last year that I was interested in graduate school. Unfortunately due to my shyness, I didn't get to know most of my professors very well. This is exacerbated by the fact that all my classes are online which makes it even more difficult to connect with professors. I also cannot find any research opportunities related to the field I am interested in on the university career website.

Is it too late for me to get recommendation letters from professors?

  • If you have good grades you should be able to get letters. However, gaining research experience requires many months of advanced preparation. Commented Sep 20, 2020 at 5:19
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  • Do the studies you'll be undertaking between now and May include a dissertation project? If so, you'll have an opportunity to get to know the faculty member who acts as your supervisor/advisor, and s/he will be the obvious person to write your first letter of recommendation. Commented Sep 20, 2020 at 13:13

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No it's not too late, but you're going to be disadvantaged - mainly because your letter writers probably cannot say much about you that your transcript doesn't already say. They might be able to comment on your coursework performance, but cannot say anything about your research ability, which is going to have a negative impact.

If you're interested in graduate school and can still do some research project, you should take the opportunity.

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