I am an undergraduate in an engineering field in the United States planning to apply to graduate schools, but am struggling to figure out who I should ask for letters of recommendation.
Currently I have the following options who I think would be good.
- Professor who I have done related research with for a while and published a research paper with.
- Industry research internship advisor (has a PhD) in a tangentially related field who I worked with for one summer
However, generally graduate schools require 3 letters of recommendation, and I'm thinking this would have to be from a professor I took a class with. This is where I have a problem— despite having good grades, due to being generally a quiet person, I'm not sure I got to know any of my professors well enough for them to write an outstanding letter of recommendation. I also can't really think of anyone else to ask a letter from.
Would having one "generic" letter from one of my classes kill my application?
Also, would a letter of recommendation from industry be seen in a good light if it was relating to my lab research skills?