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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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Is it okay to ask your undergraduate final project supervisor for a letter of recommendation for Phd admissions?

She will be my third referee. First one is my Master's thesis supervisor and the second was my masters co-supervisor, both phds. The person in question has just recently undergone her phd proposal ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

It is very common to see statements like "it is your responsibility to make sure [someone with higher rank, like your advisor/supervisor/mentor] to submit/upload [something like a letter/approval]...
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Is a recommendation letter from my PhD advisor unethical? [closed]

After finishing my Ph.D, I asked my advisor to provide me a recommendation letter for a possible future application, and they replied: "according to my standards it is unethical to provide ...
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What are my options if a prof ghosted me after agreeing for recommendation letter?

I asked one of my professors, who I had a great relationship with, to write me a LoR for a fellowship. They're not my advisor. I had informed them of this 2 months prior to the LoR deadline. They ...
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How to ask a professor from 29 years ago to write you a recommendation?

After college, I never kept in touch with this professor even though he was one of my favorite professors, did very well in his class and have thought of him often. I was basically conflicted over his ...
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Whom to take recommendation letter from if master thesis advisor never replied?

I am from a poor country in Asia . I will apply for PhD positions in pure mathematics in USA in the upcoming year. I completed my masters in mathematics in June 2020 but I am still not able to find a ...
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Cold calling external researchers to evaluate a manuscript for a tenure/promotion file

Suppose one is seeking external comments on the quality of one's research for a tenure/promotion file. Assume that my institution requires such a letter and my chair has advised me that "it would ...
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reapply without recommendation from current advisor

I'm a new PhD student in a middle-ranked university. I decided to accept my professor's offer because his publication matches my interests and has a reputable reputation from my research(like asking ...
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A referral form asks me to list 3 negative aspects of this coworker's work. Will it hurt this persons chances if I don't? [closed]

I am a referral for a former coworker. The referral form, which is hosted online, asks me to list "the top 3 ways that this individual could improve upon their work performance." I think ...
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A question about choosing LORs in a particular case

I know that the topic of letters of recommendation is already a topic in this community and I have read many posts about it, but it seems to be a topic that never ends up raising new questions. Here I ...
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Professor offered to write a letter without prompting

I’m applying for a fellowship, and I contacted one of the professors to ask him about his experience (just tenured last year, but very well-known in the field and won that fellowship in 2014). We’ve ...
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Professor nominated for award asks for a recommendation from a Dean, who is also on the Award Committee. Ok or No?

Is it conflict of interest when a faculty member who is a nominee for a university award competition, asks for a letter of recommendation from a Dean, who is also on the review committee that decides ...
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What is the route to a postdoc without a PhD supervisor?

I really like my PhD! I'm a 3rd year and need to begin thinking about next steps. I've found the area of physics I can truly get behind (and I've engaged with a lot of different topics, in and out of ...
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Comparing ways of sending a recommendation letter

A student is applying for a study program that requires letters of recommendation as an integral part of the application. The application portal allows the student to attach letters of recommendation ...
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Unsure if I am the best fit to write a Recommendation Letter for a Research Internship

A promising student of mine has asked me to write them a letter of recommendation for a research internship they are applying to. I believe the student is a very good candidate for an internship, but ...
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Ethical and Normative Aspects of Unpaid TA Positions with High Workload for Recommendation Letters

I'm facing a situation at my university that I'm not sure is standard or ethical, and I'd like some outside perspectives. In certain courses, we have about 60 teaching assistants (TAs), all of whom ...
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Filling out graduate school recommendation letter rubrics for students

A question for other professors or recommenders out there. How do you deal with filling out these complicated rubrics that some schools have on their recommendation letters for graduate applications, ...
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How can we identify and filter AI-generated statements of purpose (SoP) and recommendation letters?

How can we effectively identify and filter out statement of purpose (SoP) and recommendation letters that are generated by AI tools? The authenticity of these documents is crucial for our admission ...
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How to avoid writing a 'good but not great' reference letter

I am from Asia and I am writing a reference letter for my student for PhD applications to US universities. Given the culture differences, I am afraid that I may write too conservative and hurt my ...
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What will a search committee do when a letter writer does not respond?

I have submitted my applications for faculty positions, and one of my recommenders ask that I make sure their letters show "received" in the application portals. Some of the applications ...
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Does a recommendation letter from a professor at the university I'm applying to enhance my application?

I'm currently preparing my application for a graduate program and have the opportunity to include a recommendation letter from a professor who is part of the faculty at the university I'm applying to. ...
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Why are Applicants Often Asked to Draft Their Own Recommendation Letters in Academia [duplicate]

As I know, it's not uncommon for professors to ask students to draft their own recommendation letters in academic settings. Firstly, I want to know how this impacts the authenticity of the ...
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Recommendation letter; reminder email

I had an interview for a faculty position about 6 days ago. I was asked to arrange two letters of recommendations. One of my references sent it, but another one has not submitted yet. Shall I remind ...
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How to deal with a weak recommendation letter?

During the graduate school application process, I contacted a potential supervisor. He initially accepted me, but he requested specifically a recommendation letter from my previous research internship,...
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Getting a post-doc after 5 years in industry -- recommendation letters

I finished my PhD five years ago in computer science, and left academia for industry. I had a decent but not spectacular publication record when I defended, but my research subfield has basically died ...
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Is it okay to use ChatGPT for generating letters of recommendation?

Someone I know will be applying to universities in the US for their PhD. To that end, he sought LORs from his undergrad instructors. However, they told him to write those himself, and to send those to ...
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Dealing with Delayed Recommendation Submissions from Thesis Advisor

I'm in the process of applying to graduate schools and had secured a commitment from my thesis advisor for a recommendation letter. However, I've noticed delays in their submissions, with a few ...
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Can two people write one letter of recommendation?

I have two cofounders who I've worked with in a similar capacity. Can they write a joint letter of recommendation for me?
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How do PhD letter of recommendations actually get sent?

Is there usually a person at the undergrad university that handles it? Or does my recommender have to fill it out for every single program? Or something else?
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Getting letters of recommendation

I aspire to apply in the US for graduate studies. All universities require at least 3 letters of recommendation. I have secured all of them but one is from a lecturer that just served as my master ...
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What if letters of reference is not strong enough for PhD schools, in spite of having achieved top-graded master thesis?

I am having a problem that is beyond my control and I do not know how to address: having enough strong letters of reference to support my PhD candidature. Situation I have pursued a MSc later in my ...
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Which letter of recommendation to use for graduate application?

I am currently studying in a CS Bachelor's program in the EU and applying for CS Master's programs next year. I have successfully asked 4 people for recommendation letters, but I don't know which one ...
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sending good/bad rec letter without waiving my rights

Would a professor send a recommendation letter whether good or bad to the grad university or the research summer program I am applying to without my permission? if she did not like me in her lab for ...
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Is It Appropriate to Provide a Professor's Assistant's Email in the Application System?

I'm currently in the process of applying to a graduate program and have a question regarding the submission of recommendation letters. I have a professor who has agreed to provide a recommendation ...
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Do recommenders see your application materials (SOP, CV, etc)?

I'm currently applying for PhD programs. Are recommenders able to see other parts of my application, like the Statement of Purpose (SOP), transcripts, or CV, when they submit their recommendation ...
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Should I Read a Draft of a Recommendation Letter?

A professor writing a letter of recommendation for me sent a draft to my email and asked for my input. For context, I'm applying to graduate humanities programs in the US and already officially waived ...
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When Masters advisor said she will not gonna write a favorable rec letter to ph.d

I graduated from a Master's program in the US a couple of years ago. I had a conflict with my toxic advisor. It was a really really hard time for me. I came back to my own country and currently, I am ...
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How to decide about the university to stay for the future after facing some troubles

In our country working in a state university is regarded as a priviledge. Even when we consider the degrees offered, people accept the state university degrees more. Usually first preference is given ...
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Do all 3 recommendation letters carry equal weight? [closed]

In most of the universities in the USA/Canada, they want 3 letters of recommendation (LOR). I am curious to know do the admission committee reads or reviews all 3 LORs equally or do they give more ...
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Is it mandatory to give four references in post-doctoral positions?

I have just started applying for a few postdoctoral positions in mathematics. Sometimes through a particular university portal and sometimes through the job portal mathjobs. But the problem is that ...
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How important it is to mention future research interests to a supervisor when asking for a LOR?

I saw this answer and thought I shot myself in the foot by messing up my meeting with my supervisor when asking for a letter of recommendation and not clearly mentioning what I am interested in. I did ...
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Can productivity out weigh a bad reference and or relationship with a postdoc advisor? What to do when a relationship sours?

I wanted to do a pivot and go in a different direction due to interest and better funding prospects down the road IMHO by going more translational. I was the first grad student and covid hampered ...
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Number of recommendation letters while applying through Mathjobs

I am applying for postdoc positions in math. In MathJobs, I can add 5 recommendation letters (4 for research and 1 for teaching) for any position even if the position specifically asks for 4 letters. ...
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Should I exclude my supervisor as a reference when applying for academic jobs outside my PhD area?

I completed my PhD earlier this year and I will be applying for postdocs and faculty positions. My thesis is quite different to the field I'm applying to. Additionally, my relationship with my advisor ...
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Asking research supervisor for a reference, when I should have replied to an email from them a few weeks ago

Last year, I received a grant to do undergraduate research with a professor at an institution different from my home institution. I worked on a project with them, essentially full time, from September ...
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Seeking a Reference from an Instructor [duplicate]

I took a course with Professor X some semesters ago and enjoyed their teaching. I interacted with them outside of class but after that did not reach out to them. I am applying for a scholarship that ...
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Can only get "did well in class" recommendation letters, how can I make the best of it?

I am applying to a master's program, and I had two professors that knew me well that agreed to recommend me. Both have expertise in the field I'm applying to. I took all their relevant elective ...
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Recommendation Letter Advice and Examples

Are there examples of recommendations for first-time recommendation writers? I've been asked to write a recommendation letter for a student applying to graduate school. I understand the general ...
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Do recommendation letters need to be strictly from professors at universities?

I am pursuing a Masters degree in pure math, and will be applying to grad schools in the USA and Europe (and some other places) for a PhD. I have one letter confirmed from my thesis work, which I ...
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Is it possible to apply for a Ph.D. position as an international student without all recommendation letters in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand?

I have been working with my supervisor for years. Now, when I submit applications to universities abroad, most of them require two professor recommendation letters. When I informed my former ...
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