I'm currently a second year student in maths and I want to apply to some REUs but I haven't made any remarkable relationships with my profs or anyone in the department. As well, I've just been an average student, just As and Bs, so I don't have anything exceptional to show for my attendance in my profs' classes. Thus, if anyone has any advice on what I can do for LORs, I'd appreciate it.

Additional info: I am doing research in my university, just not in maths, it's in pedagogy, but my supervisors don't know what's going on in my classes. I also have emailed this great prof I had last year once this year and have asked her for an LOR already, but I don't know how wiling she will be to give me another one since it's been a couple of months since we've last talked.

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    – ff524
    Dec 28, 2015 at 5:40
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    Please clarify what you mean by she will be to give me another one. Did she write an LoR for you for something else already?
    – Nobody
    Dec 28, 2015 at 6:39

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Just go talk directly to people who might be interested in working with you. They won't be far away, anyway. You have to build up a reputation to get LoRs, and given your current status you just won't have it.

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