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

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Advice on pursuing higher education after working for 7 years

I completed bachelors in Mechanical engineering in 2013 and have been working since Jan 2014. My current job as a 'manufacturing engineer' is a non-technical back office job (because I'm from India ...
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Asking a former supervisor if they killed my postdoc application

I received a PhD in the US a bit more than a year ago. Recently I interviewed for a postdoc position. The interview went very well, and I think there was a great match between the planned research ...
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Is it appropriate to provide my recommenders with a spreadsheet to keep track of applications?

Is sending a shared spreadsheet with the university names, deadlines, and a box to check when completed be something beneficial or appreciated by my recommenders? I thought maybe it would be nice for ...
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What should I do when my supervisor refuses to write a recommendation letter for applications to institutions outside my country?

I want to apply for a PhD position in country X. My supervisor lives in country Y and wants me to apply only in Y. He is the corresponding author of my 4-5 publications. He said if I want to apply for ...
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What does a reference letter for a postdoc/tenure-track position in math look like?

I find myself in the unenviable position of having to draft the body of my own reference letter. I trust the recommender in question to actually treat it as a draft, and I know that they think highly ...
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Whom should I take recommendation letter from?

I am applying for a Ph.D. position in US universities. I am confused about whom should I use as one of my recommenders? One of them is from the school from which I graduated and he is the department ...
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Should I even ask my physics instructor for a letter of recommendation for my common app if I committed academic dishonesty in his course?

I go to a high school that allows us to attend college classes to obtain an associate's degree. I had this instructor for both physics 251 and physics 252 (calculus-based physics). I feel like he ...
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Is it mandatory to get professional recommendation letters from my current employer?

I wish to apply for a masters in computer science in the United States as an international student. I have around 3 years of work experience in 2 companies. It is difficult for me to get any ...
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Can I ask to see my referee's reference letter through The Data Protection Act (DPA)?

I am in the position where I applied for a job in my current institution and did not get the position. I think one of my referees may have provided a negative reference. I know that Universities (or ...
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Can i get letters of recommendation from a senior software engineer?

I plan to apply for an MS in computer science in the United States. I am unable to get the recommendation letter from my manager and thus would it be fine if i take the professional letter of ...
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I have been asked for names of referees during signing offer letter

I have recently signed an offer letter for a faculty position.This is not a permanent position. One of the required documents in the offer letter was the names of referees. As far as I know my ...
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A student offered to let me read my letter of recommendation for a mentorship award

I am a graduate student at a US university, and earlier this week I asked a former undergraduate mentee if in her evaluation I qualified for an "excellence in mentorship" award. She ...
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One strong recommendation over one strong and another very short but still strong

I am applying for an undergraduate internship that requires at least one and at most 2 recommendation letters. I have two recommendation letters: One with a prof. who knows me personally for a year. ...
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How to propose a peer for recommendation when you are applying for a new job?

I obtained my Ph.D. degree last year and I work in the same department for several years. I like this workplace but I also think about applying for a postdoc position somewhere else. I don't intend to ...
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Recommendation letter for a professional program and choosing a professor

I am applying to a professional program for a Master of Social Work. The only requirements for the program are that the person have a degree from a related discipline (not necessarily a bachelor of ...
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High-achieving self-written LoR vs LoR from recent collaborator

I'm applying to Ph.D. admissions in the US for Fall 2022 and need to obtain the third LoR. I have two choices: My undergraduate college professor, with whom I've collaborated extensively for about a ...
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Examiner agreed to write a positive recommendation letter but said he would include a note on my writing skills. Will this have a negative impact?

I am completing my M.Sc thesis from a Russel group university. I am applying for the PhD in US universities. I wanted a recommendation from my supervisor, but he had set up some unrealistic ...
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Redundant academic recommendation letter vs. a professional one?

I am applying for a PhD in tumor biology in the United States. Most institutions require 3 letters of recommendation. I currently work at a lab doing cancer research where I have two PIs as my bosses. ...
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How do I get 3 recommendation letters when I have only worked with one advisor?

I did my Masters (by Research) from a premier institute in India. I had taken 6 courses and the rest of the time was dedicated to research. All the research and collaboration was done only with my ...
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PhD Recommendation Letter from Bachelor Supervisor

I am currently doing my Master in physics in the University X. Previously, I did my Bachelor in the University Y. I am applying for a PhD positions that requires two recommendation letters. The ...
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My recommender does not personally know any of the faculty members at the PhD programs I'm applying. Is this bad?

Basically, will my recommenders not being known to the faculty of my targetted PhD programs hurt my chances of admission? I am an undergraduate student, looking for PhD programs in CS.
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Letter of Recommendation from Former Employer for Graduate School?

I'm a fourth year math student who's beginning to look into PhD schools. I worked at a math tutoring center for about three years, and I'm wondering whether it's a good idea to submit a letter of ...
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Do I need a letter of recommendation from my employer to vouch for the projects I worked on with them when applying to master's programs in the US? [closed]

I wish to apply for a master's in CS in the United States as an international student. It has been quite some time since I graduated and I currently work as a software developer. While I have worked ...
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PhD advisor provides low effort “recommendation letter” for scholarship application — what options are there?

A PhD student friend of mine is applying for an academic research scholarship at her university. Her PhD is funded by a private company, and the company’s CEO is effectively her PhD advisor (he has a ...
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Advisor will not write a recommendation letter for me to participate in a conference

There is a leading conference that will take place in Jan 2022. Graduate students are encouraged to present a poster about their thesis work, however, the slots are limited so a recommendation letter ...
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Recommendation letter choice: mild one from a famous scholar or strong one from my previous manager

I am applying for CS PhD programs in the US, most of which require 3 recommendation letters. I have already gotten two letters from my previous university advisors (a professor and an assistant ...
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Teaching letter written by a mentor from graduate school

I am 2-year after my Ph.D. graduation (in math), and I will be on the job market this year. I have applied for jobs three times and using the teaching letter from my graduate school institute. This ...
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Is it okay to use old letters of recommendation?

I have letters of recommendations from my professors and employers which I had asked for last year while applying to colleges. Due to some circumstances, I decided not to go and apply to colleges ...
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A letter of support for a grant from an independent practitioner

I am applying for a grant and am strengthen my proposal with letters of support. I will probably need help in a domain that I am not familiar with (i.e. Ophthalmology). A friend of mine is an ...
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Recommendation letter from PhD student or Assistant Professor

I was originally an undergraduate student from pure mathematics and am planning to transition into biostatistics/bioinformatics/statistical genetics. To accumulate experience, I planned to apply for ...
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Don't know any good teacher recommendations

I am currently applying for an informal(?) internship at my school and the employer asked if I knew any faculty or staff members well enough to write me a recommendation. I have only just completed ...
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Would it make sense to get an academic reference from a former student for graduate school?

I graduated from law school (which confers a bachelor's degree in my country) a few years ago. I then switched to tech soon after (as a software engineer), and now I'm thinking about going back for a ...
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LOR from physics professor in a pure math phd application

I am applying to pure math phd programs, and looking to study algebraic geometry. I have one very strong letter from a professor who supervised some algebraic geometry research I did. I am not sure ...
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Need advice: recommender not responding [duplicate]

I am just wondering how to proceed in this situation. I am applying to computer science phd programs at the end of this year, and so far, I've only secured one recommendation. I worked closely with a ...
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How to Get Letters of Recommendation after Graduating in 2005 [duplicate]

It has been 16 years since I graduated from college. Any suggestions in how to obtain letters of recommendations if professors may no longer work at the university?
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Do professors need to pay to send letters of recommendation via postal mail?

I'm an international student currently studying in a community college in the United States. I'm applying to a Japanese university and they require me to send them two recommendation letters from my ...
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Having problem in getting LOR for higher study because of my corrupted undergrad thesis supervisor

I am an engineering graduate in Bangladesh. During my undergrad thesis, my supervisor took students for working on a topic that was for the first time in our department but he didn't help any of his ...
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Requesting an unaddressed, open recommendation letter for use in non-academic settings

I am a European master student and recently accepted a PhD position (Computer Science/Machine Learning) in a German speaking country. I did multiple research internships in Europe during my master's, ...
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How Appropriate Would a Letter of Recommendation from a Hobby Project be for an Application to an MS Program?

I am applying to a graduate program in computer science. One of the requirements for applying to this graduate program is to have 3 recommenders write a letter of recommendation for me. I have been ...
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Professor agreed to sign a recommendation letter, but then ignored my emails

Here is the timeline of what happened. Day 1: emailed and requested a LOR. Day 3: got a response, prof. agreed to sign the LOR I draft for him. Day 20: sent an email with my draft, asked to make ...
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Is it appropriate to ask for both potential PhD and reference letter?

I'll be applying for PhD positions in the UK in the coming fall, and have only a small pool (5-6 professors) whom I can sensibly ask for reference letters from. Some of these professors are in a field ...
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Transition from math to statistics + potential reference letter writers

I am a math M.S. math student who is looking for a transition to Ph.D in statistics/machine learning. I will be applying to Ph.D programs this winter, and I need to think about potential writers of my ...
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Sharing student recommendation forms with students

I sometimes get asked to give recommendations / opinions about students by potential employers or third party HR Firms. Is it acceptable to share the opinions with the students once I provide them? ...
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Professor vs Grad Student PI for PhD rec letter [duplicate]

I am nominally in a Professor X's lab, but I work with and communicate with his PhD Student Y most of the time. Would it be looked down upon for Y to write me a LoR for grad school, since even though ...
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Recommendation letter during COVID

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, I was bound to do my masters in mathematics via online mode. As a result I don't have my master's project thesis and also have less interaction with the ...
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Writing a letter of recommendation for a promising but very new student

As part of my PhD I am required to teach some bachelor level micro and macro economics classes. One of my new students (we only had 3 classes together) approached me with a request for a letter of ...
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Should I inform my letter writer about a summer school rejection? Should I ask the same professor to write me a letter for grad school?

I'm an undergraduate math major (just completed my second year), and I had applied for a summer school (online due to the pandemic) in one of my interest areas. I have taken two courses in this area ...
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Can a PhD student write recommendation letter for me under whom I worked?

A few years ago I did a month lab rotation in a lab. At that time I was doing my masters and I was directly supervised by the Ph.D. student (X) of that lab. He taught me all the techniques and ...
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What should I do when the references are not replying?

I have worked in Y for 2 years as a research assistant and then I moved to my home country and worked here for almost 4 years and published papers in reputed journals. Logically I think I should ...
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Should one add the 4th LOR for the admit panel (PhD CS USA Fall 2022)

Background: CS undergrad I have 3 Letter Writers whom I have done in-depth research with (published, to-be published work). But I have not performed any coursework with any of them because 2 of them ...

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