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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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How to leave a postdoc after just few months without compromising my future career opportunities in academia?

I started my postdoc 5 mounts ago and I am totally unsatisfied about it. To be honest, since the first weeks I understood that I was going to be unhappy here and I had immediately the temptation to ...
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For Master's admissions, are recommendations from academics preferred?

In making an application to a Master's program, would I be wise to seek recommendations from academics, practitioners, or both in balance? Or would any credible letter meet the required threshold? Or ...
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Giving a Professor a Gift After They Inadvertently Suggested I Do So

I know it has been asked several times on here whether giving a professor a gift is appropriate or not. The general consensus seems to be that it is unethical to both give and receive the gift [1] [2] ...
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Still haven't received a reference letter from a professor even though I've reminded them twice about it already [duplicate]

I'm applying for a PhD program and I need to submit some reference letters. In December before the holidays I asked a professor I used to work with during my BSc to write one for me and she agreed to ...
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How to deal with (ex-) supervisor not meeting promise to write reference letter

Before actually submitting anything, I contacted one of my ex-supervisors and he agreed to write a reference letter for me. That was almost a month ago. Then, the first time he received the invitation ...
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Is getting a GPA 7/10 worth asking a recommendation letter?

I had taken a course in mathematics previously and scored a GPA of 7 in 10. Presently I would like to take a summer research internship related to that subject and was wondering whether it was wise ...
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What should I do when one of my academic tutor is not responding to my email for reference request?

I am applying for a PhD programme in the UK. All the universities I'm applying to require me to obtain two academic references. I asked my MA supervisor and course tutor for the reference request. ...
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How could I thank my professors for their letters of recommendation after this applications cycle?

I've had a busy applications cycle, with many professors taking the time to write letters for me. What would be a thoughtful -- but appropriate -- way of thanking them? I have in mind a food gift ...
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Do I need to tell my rec letter provider that I have language disorder?

This might be a weird question. But here we go. I'm applying for business/data-related master programs. I'm a stutter with a certified moderate language disorder. Do I need to tell my professors (...
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Are 16 schools too many for a professor to provide recommendation letters to?

I plan to apply to approximately 16 schools and am wondering whether that's too many for my recommendation letter providers. It's happened before that a professor of my friend refused to provide all ...
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What should I do if a professor is not writing the recommendation letter whom I already suggested?

I have applied for a Ph.D. position and I had to suggest two referees who will write a letter for me. Previously one of my professors had written one for me so I write her name again. The system is ...
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Writing a mathematics paper [closed]

As a sequel to my previous post “ Redundancy of letters of recommendation for scientific and mathematical majors”, I wish to ask a relevant question. I have been informed that a master’s student of ...
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Redundancy of letters of recommendation for scientific and mathematical majors

I have recently finished my master’s in pure mathematics, and I wish to apply for PhD positions. I had got the top grades of my classes (with a gpa of around 19.5 out of 20). Moreover, I am going to ...
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How should I list someone as reference?

I am writing an application where I should indicate my relationship with those that provide references for me. How should I describe the following: the person has never been my supervisor, however as ...
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Want to get MS in Computer Science but in a predicament due to low GPA and lack of references

I have a BS in computer engineering from a state school with a GPA of 2.56 (out of 4.0). I had a pretty serious and unmanaged illness from the second half of freshman year of undergrad to one year ...
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A course-based letter from a named professor or a research letter from a young no-name researcher?

I can get a letter from a course instructor that I got a highest possible grade. He is a very well known professor at a top 5 institute. Of course, he can say little about my research. I can also get ...
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How to indicate the type of position of a letter writer?

I am faculty member of a European university and I was asked by a student to write a letter of recommendation for graduate admission to a programme in the US or Canada. Should this letter contain an ...
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Will it be a problem if I take a letter of recommendation from a lecturer in my department?

I have a pretty well connection with him academically(taught several courses and was one of the teachers of my final year major) and personally. But I am confused if the designation is going to be a ...
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Optimal reference letter writers for permanent positions: Senior experts or younger, more active researchers? [closed]

I work in pure mathematics. I have wondered for a while which kind of letter writers might be best when I apply for permanent jobs in US and UK: Roughly speaking, I am weighing up two options: Try to ...
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Is recommendation letter a completely professional thing or keeping good personal relation with the writer required?

Is recommendation letter (faculty position) a completely professional thing ? I mean I completed PhD one year ago, I had good relation with my Phd advisor when I was his student. After that I left my ...
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Recommendation letter from an Emeritus Professor

I am applying to a PhD programme and am planning to take recommendation letter from an Emeritus professor who has known me for past 5 years. However, the professor does not use college id any longer ...
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Recommendation letter from supervisor in this case?

During most of my undergrad I have spent a lot of time working in a research center where my mother is director. During this time I worked with her and many of the researchers there. Of course, I ...
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Bad Relationship with Master's Supervisor: Missing Reference

I'm in the situation that I'm completing my master's research degree and I'm in the process of applying to several applied mathematics / computational science programs. Here's me complaining: I do ...
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Asking letter of reccomendation to a Professor I've had this semester

I want to be admitted to a European program that would mean so much to my future carreer. Particularly important documents to be sent with the application are reccomendation letters from professors. I ...
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Should I ask for a submitted recommendation letter to be retracted in order to submit another, stronger recommendation?

I am currently applying for a Ph.D. in Physics in the US. One of my recommenders has already submitted a letter to the schools I'm applying to, but I was advised by another faculty member that I ...
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How important is it for all recommendation letters to arrive on time?

I am applying for faculty positions this year and have asked four senior academics to write me reference letters. Most of the applications had a deadline around December 1st, which I assume should be ...
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Letter of Recommendation from English Teacher for Math Ph.D. program?

I am a Japanese undergraduate junior student who is thinking of applying to graduate programs in Mathematics in the U.S. and the biggest problem for me is the Letter of Recommendation. I am planning ...
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Recommendation Letters with Research Professors

I've been working on a research project this past few months under a professor's lab, but I've been mostly working with the professor's PhD students and other research assistants. I don't really meet ...
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Can I ask letter of recommendation to my undergraduate thesis supervisor for PhD in other lab

I am doing my bachelor's thesis (4th-year 1st semester) in one of the top 5 research group in my field in the world (but not a renowned university). I want to do direct PhD (also called Masters track ...
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Writing References for a Weaker Candidate

Two of my students interns have applied for graduate school and are now asking me for references. Both did well, but one did really well. The weaker student is still excellent, and will do well in ...
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Question about recommendation letter

I am applying my MA program in October, there is a professor agree to write a recommendation letter for me. But I couldn't find another professor who is willing to write a recommendation letter for me....
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Would the professor be annoyed if I failed two grad school applications in previous year? [closed]

I applied to two places last year; both failed. I am not sure if I ask the professor to write a letter for me again, would he be annoyed? How should I tell him? If I tell him that I failed, would ...
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Appropriate “title” to list on application for professors writing LOR?

In filling out my very first grad school application I've come across the Letters of Recommendation page. It says to list the "Title" of the recommender. Do I use Professor here? Or Dr.? I am stumped. ...
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Shall I give a template to the rec-letter writer?

Many professors, specifically in China, wants students to provide at least a template (half-written letter). In US, is it similar? I've read an article from Harvard Business Review website saying that ...
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Is a recommendation letter that documents self-study a strong letter? [closed]

In my undergraduate I studied neuroscience, but tried to learn more maths, which is not included in the curriculum. I wanted to do a more computational/mathematically rigorous field, such as ...
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How does graduate admission committee detect plagiarism in letter of recommendation?

If my current recommender recycles the letter from previous recommender after each other's consent, will this be classified as plagiarism? This is for MS programs to US universities FYI.
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Letter of recommendation from Professor who I have not done research with

I had a meeting with a well respected professor to discuss issues in the research field (biomedical engineering) I am interested in. I am not seeking to do a PhD with him as I intend to go overseas ...
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Is the author of a letter of recommendation notified that their letter has been submitted?

My professor wants to give me a letter of recommendation for a graduate school that I am applying which I will submit via scanning. She didn't give offline recommendation to any One. So she wants to ...
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No Letterhead or official email id for Letter of recommendation

I worked with a professor on my final year project who has now left the college to finish his Ph.D. He is currently working as an assistant professor at some other college. As I worked closely with ...
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If one professor gives recommendation letter to too many students then does it affect the admission of students?

I am planning to apply for masters in US universities for fall 2020. I graduated from a school where the staff is quite less. Because of this reason, students tend to ask for recommendation letters ...
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What do people usually ask letter writers to emphasize in a letter of reference?

I hear that a lot of letter writers to let them know things things you would like for them to "highlight in your application". What do most people ask their letter writer to emphasize? Is it ...
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How should I describe the “relationship” between me and postdoc in our lab if I am getting recomendation letter from her?

How should I describe the relationship between me and postdoc in our lab if I am getting recommendation letter for phD admission? Advisor? Superviser? reasearch advisor?... She has a title of research ...
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Recommendation letters choices : is diversity an advantage?

I am currently in the process of asking people for recommendation letters for a Ph.D. program application. I need specifically 3 letters. I am lucky enough to have multiple people that I think could ...
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Professor asked to write part of reference letter due to time constraints

I am applying to graduate programs and one of my research professors will write me a recommendation letter, but wants me to write a rough outline of the letter. He will add his own content and edit ...
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Is it possible for an applicant to be disadvantaged by negative comments sent via emails without his/her consent?

I saw some reports about how corrupt teaching staff in some colleges in some countries forces their students to comply with their unreasonable demands (e.g. to conceal a huge flaw in the teacher's ...
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Maximum number of recommendation letters for assistant professor position

I am applying for faculty positions as assistant professor. I have two questions regarding recommendation letters. (1) Is there is a limit for the number of references? For me, I have many research ...
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The Page Rank effect of Academic recommendations for Graduate School

I am an undergraduate who comes from a relatively small department, with moderate research activities being done around. We don’t have any research lab or dedicated research personnels in my field of ...
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Is it better to list a non academic reference that knows me really well, or an academic reference that is less familiar with my work?

During university I had 3 professors I did close work with and that were really familiar with my work. Unfortunately one of them retired and as such is no longer willing to give me a reference letter. ...
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What should I tell schools when my supervisor sent me a recommendation letter and said she has no time to upload it?

I'm applying for Ph.D. programs so I requested a recommendation letter from one of my supervisors in my master's program. She directly sent me a strong recommendation letter in the email but said she ...