Questions tagged [recommendation-letter]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
2
votes
1answer
62 views

Translated letter of recommendation from employer

I live and work full time in the United States. I will be applying to graduate school in France through CampusFrance. All documents, apparently including letters of recommendation, are to be ...
3
votes
2answers
123 views

Asking PI I barely interacted with for letter of rec?

I'm a rising senior and will be applying to PhD programs this fall. I'm wrapping up a research project I was doing this summer at another school (basically an REU-like program) and the school is at ...
1
vote
2answers
54 views

Letters of Recommendation when applying afresh to a new PhD program

I'm currently enrolled in a PhD program in the US. Before picking up my master's degree, I'll be applying to a different PhD program that's more suited to my interests. I will be able to get two ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

For college, do I need to get 2 letter of recommendation from 2 completely different subjects? [on hold]

I was being told by my friend that I had to get 2 letter of recommendation from two different subject side, 1 from Humanities(English, History...) and 1 from STEM(Science, Technology...). Is that ...
1
vote
2answers
91 views

Does the managerial title of a LoR writter matter?

In the past I have seen students eager to get a recommendation from a proffesor from the upper management like the dean of the faculty. Especially for academic endevours such as grad. school ...
34
votes
10answers
11k views

Why should a P.I be motivated to write a strong LOR even if that means losing a undergraduate from his/her lab?

Suppose, you are the head of a lab, and there is a particular undergraduate in your lab that you want them to continue their studies in your lab while continuing their graduate studies in the current ...
0
votes
0answers
96 views

Sending more than three letters of recommendation to neuroscience PhD application

I am currently a rising undergraduate senior who plans to attend graduate school after I finish this last year. I want to work toward a PhD in neuroscience. I know this question is commonly asked, ...
14
votes
3answers
5k views

Gofer work in exchange for Letter of Recommendation

I want to apply for master’s programs, but I need two letters of recommendation. I was never very close with any of my professors, though I did receive good grades in all of my classes. The professor ...
3
votes
2answers
132 views

How to connect with a professor?

I am a mathematics undergraduate student from India and am presently in my final year. Being a bit less talkative, I had not had many conversations with my professors even though I had tried to ...
3
votes
2answers
141 views

Is it okay to get a letter of recommendation from my employer who is a scientist but not an Ph,D?

I've worked for 3 years in the same field which I'm going to apply in. And my boss belongs to the same field too. He completed his M.tech. I am taking three LOR's. Two from qualified Ph.D professors ...
1
vote
1answer
199 views

Well-acquainted professor does not respond when I share my work?

I'm a master student in statistics. I took this professor's class, in which I've done very well. I have discussed with him about my research project a few times while taking the class, although he is ...
16
votes
2answers
4k views

Should I email my professor about a recommendation letter if he has offered me a job?

So I've just finished my Master's and my advisor has offered me a tentative position to work in his lab. I say tentative because it's dependent on if his project gets funding. He emailed me recently ...
2
votes
1answer
141 views

Requesting a professor I barely know a recommendation letter for postdoc

I met a professor (a big name in our field) at a workshop and we worked on the initial idea for a paper as part of a group project. We stayed in touch for a couple of weeks but our conversation ceased ...
1
vote
1answer
126 views

Asking professor for recommendation after rejecting his PhD offer

I did my undergraduate thesis with a professor A in a foreign country X. It went well and he offered me a direct PhD in his department afterwards [1]. I was not too keen on accepting the offer due to ...
7
votes
3answers
274 views

Would it be OK to ask a professor who recommended me to take a specific PhD program to write recommendation letter for another PhD program?

A professor recommended me to take PhD program A. However, I want to take PhD program B. Would it be still OK to ask this professor to write a recommendation letter for this PhD program B despite he ...
6
votes
2answers
586 views

How do I handle academic references for US PhD program, when I have been out of academia for a (very) long time?

I live in the US and have been working as an engineer in industry for over 10 years. I graduated from a top UK University, with outstanding grades in a Masters degree and several university-level ...
2
votes
2answers
194 views

Should my math teacher talk about my grades in his letter of recommendation?

I did really well at school except for the final exams where I got terrible grades. Thoughout the years, my grades were above average but I got terrible grades in my finals(which count for 50% in my ...
4
votes
1answer
236 views

Applying for different PhD position: letters of recommendation

I'm a PhD student in my second year and strongly considering applying for a PhD position at a different university (see my previous question). However, I'm not sure I want to bring this up with my ...
4
votes
1answer
246 views

Which is the more competitive path to grad school for mathematics? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student studying mathematics at a well regarded university in the United States and am wondering which of these two (for the sake of simplicity, I recognize it's not so simple in ...
0
votes
0answers
60 views

Is start-up experience relevant to PhD applications?

I am a recent graduate in engineering, and I will be applying to graduate schools in the US (Ph.D.) and Europe (MSc) next year. I have some research experience- 3 conference papers, research role at a ...
2
votes
2answers
98 views

Letter of Rec from Lab PI/Brother [duplicate]

I am a college student considering applying to PhD programs both in the US and internationally. Currently I research in a lab affiliated with a top US university and run by my older brother, an ...
5
votes
3answers
300 views

Is it ethical of a professor to ask students for recommendation letters during a class?

I am taking a graduate course with a non-tenured professor. During one of the sessions, the non-tenured professor told students that recommendation letters from them would be helpful and that they ...
1
vote
3answers
118 views

reference letter from current line manager?

I am currently a lecturer at a UK university, and I got an oral offer from another university. I was called by their HR today saying that their official is condition on satisfactory reference checking ...
0
votes
1answer
67 views

Awaiting an LoR request response [closed]

So, I have emailed my professor to ask if he felt comfortable with writing me an LoR during the weekend. I got an automated response stating that he won’t be back till this Monday, it’s currently ...
0
votes
2answers
196 views

What to do when a professor agrees to write a recommendation letter but doesn’t?

I’m applying to grad school and two weeks ago I asked three people for recommendation letters, two from employers and one from the professor. There’s no specific deadline, but I’m hoping to get ...
1
vote
3answers
202 views

No response from recommenders after they agreed to write recommendation letter

I am planning to apply for green card for which I need recommendation letters from well known researchers/professors. In February 2019, I had contacted one professor and one industry based researcher ...
1
vote
2answers
133 views

Whom should I ask for Reference when Applying for PhD, after a 4 break since Graduation

I am not familiar with the Structure of questions in this community, so please bear with me; I am a Life sciences Graduate from 2015. After a career in Corporate, Currently I am Preparing to Apply ...
2
votes
1answer
164 views

Is it normal for students to ask for a lot of reference letters?

I'm currently trying to apply to as many grad schools as I can (France) and all of them require one or more reference letters. The past few months I feel like I have already bothered me enough with ...
4
votes
2answers
177 views

Does the candidate usually get notified when a request for a reference letter is made?

I applied for a university position and gave the named three persons as a reference: A, B, and C. I am not very much in touch with A, B, C, but I already have permission to use their name as reference....
0
votes
1answer
96 views

recommendation letters at different stages of interviews

Recommendation letters today become less and less important in affecting employers' final decision, though they are often requested at different stages or even before any interview. What to do to ...
44
votes
7answers
13k views

Retract an already submitted recommendation letter (written for an undergrad student)

In the middle of the current semester, a student in my large lecture class (of an undergraduate course) asked me for a letter of recommendation, to supplement his application to transfer to another, ...
17
votes
5answers
5k views

Can I take recommendation from someone I met at a conference?

I met a faculty (from a university in the UK) at a conference. She liked and praised my work and we are in touch after conference. She has an impressive profile and her research work is similar to ...
1
vote
2answers
105 views

Ask for a recommendation letter from a teacher in the university I'm applying to

My situation is a bit unusual: I plan to apply for a second Master's degree in a foreign university I did an exchange semester in. It is pretty well-ranked compared to my current one. The Master's is ...
0
votes
1answer
236 views

How can I politely remind my professors about a recommendation letter they promised? [duplicate]

I am currently applying to a masters program, application is due on April 15, recommendation letters can be given until the 23. I asked 3 professors to give me recommendation letters approximately on ...
5
votes
1answer
236 views

Did BSc, doing MSc, applying for PhD. Is it frowned upon to not have a letter from my BSc advisor?

I am currently pursuing an MSc and am preparing my PhD application. For this reason, I reach out to professors I know well in order to ask them whether they would be willing to write recommendation ...
3
votes
1answer
135 views

Should I choose someone as one of my references while I also have applied to his group?

I just faced a funny, yet complicated situation! I want to apply for postdoc positions, and one of my references would be a professor that I had a good collaboration with his group during my PhD. ...
6
votes
1answer
176 views

writing letter of support for H1-B visa applicant

I can't find a suitable tag for my question. I hope I'm posting to the right place. I apologize if not. I'm a prof in CS in US. I have been asked to write a letter of support for a graduate (BSc), ...
1
vote
0answers
73 views

Ask professor for recommendation after long period without contacting them

So I'm currently in my final year of an undergraduate, intergrated Master's program at a British university and I'll be applying for PhD programs in the Fall. Over the summer of June 2017 - August ...
1
vote
1answer
96 views

Can I put a postdoc as one of the references in my CV?

I'm applying for a postdoc (Computer Science) and some positions ask for the contact information of 3 references. Beside my Ph.D. supervisor, I work with other departments in my institute, but mostly ...
0
votes
1answer
112 views

Is it reasonable to ask update on recommendations letter twice?

It is important to know that I have requested about 7/8 letters per professors ( 3 total ). I have told them that I was conscious that it was a lot of letters to write so I was content with a general ...
0
votes
1answer
127 views

What does it take to get a worthwhile recommendation letter

I am now looking for people to write recommendation letters for me so as to prepare for graduate school application by the end of this year. I found I still need one more person(I want to have 3 ...
1
vote
1answer
87 views

Is it acceptable to ask a professor to write a reccomendation letter now to save for later?

Through the last three years of my undergrad, I have worked closely with a professor in my university and we published several papers together. Once I graduate this spring, I plan on working for two ...
0
votes
2answers
125 views

When to follow up for recommendation letter

I asked two potential referees, 1 month before application deadline, to write me a letter and both gladly accepted, and one asked me to write a draft (which I learned was a common practice). It has ...
5
votes
1answer
201 views

Impact of Recommendation letters

I am a master’s student of pure mathematics at my country’s most famous university, and recently I have applied to a couple of foreign universities. Because of the reputation of my university and my ...
16
votes
5answers
6k views

Recommendation letter by significant other if you worked with them professionally?

My significant other (SO) and I are in five years of relationship. We met working in a lab and she already earned her PhD at that time. I was a graduate student. She was the main person I went after ...
3
votes
2answers
186 views

Can I ask a non-academic for an academic letter of recommendation?

A scholarship based on existing mental health problems and conviction to finishing/doing well in school and it requests 2 reference letters and doesn't specify from whom. I'm only a second year in my ...
0
votes
2answers
107 views

Email Asking for Appointment Letter of Reccomendation

I am planning to ask professors that I haven't seen in two years since graduation for letters of recommendation. I want to ask in person so they can see and remember me, but I want to set an ...
0
votes
2answers
102 views

Is it necessary for a letter of recommendation to include the full name of the candidate?

I'm applying for Colleges for my MSc. But all of my letters of recommendation address me by my first name. is it okay, or should the complete name of the candidate be included?
2
votes
2answers
135 views

Logistics of asking for letter of recommendation after graduation

I graduated from by undergrad two years ago (this May) and now I am applying to law school and require letters of recommendation from my undergrad. Although I did well in their classes and spoke ...
1
vote
1answer
162 views

How to mask present unemployment when asking for recommendation

I voluntarily quit my job 6 months ago. I need to get a letter of recommendation from a professor I know for grad school, and I want to include my resume in the email I send this professor. What is ...