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Questions tagged [recommendation-letter]

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

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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?

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 ...
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Is writing recommendation letter job for a faculty required?

Do professors who are in a position to write a recommendation letter for me "have to" write a recommendation letter? For example, my PhD advisor, can he suddenly (without any reason) say that he won't ...
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Wrong email id on letter of recommendation

My professor has entered the wrong email id into my letter of recommendation, gmail.com rather than yahoo.com and signed it. Can it be corrected using white ink? My college is very far away from my ...
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Writing “thank you” note to professor who will write more LOR's?

I have been working with a professor for research for over a year and will continue to for at least another year. The professor has written several letters of recommendation for me in the past, and ...
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Should I include a recommendation letter in my MS applications if it is not required?

I am considering my options for further Master-level studies in Europe (the goal being to improve my PhD application down the line). To summarize, my current transcript is weak, but I may be able to ...
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Letter for Advisor's Promotion

I've been asked by my former department to write a letter for my doctoral advisor's promotion. What kind of information do departments typically want in these letters? They specifically asked to ...
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What is the most logical course of action if your P.I does not write you a letter of recommendation in time even though s/he said that s/he would?

Context: I am an undergrad, and working in a research group over 7 months now. I have asked my P.I (group leader) whether he would write me a recommendation letter one month before the deadline of ...
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Two people with very similar profile for grad school admissions

Is it a problem if two students from the same university with very similar profile (similar number of publications, similar grade range, as well as the same strongest letter writer) apply to the same ...
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Will a professor always say so if they can't write a very strong letter of recommendation?

I am applying to graduate school currently, and all schools I've been looking at require a number of recommendation letters. I go to a fairly small school, so I've had many repeat professors. Thus, my ...
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Who should I ask to write a letter or recommendation

I am applying for tenure track faculty jobs and postdocs. I am setting up my letters of recommendation and I am struggling on who I should ask. I have one strong letter from my advisor, one decent ...
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How to select between letters of recommendation

It's application season again. I've been a postdoc for two years and that is wrapping up soon. I'm applying for both permanent and postdoctoral positions, mainly through mathjobs.org. Many position ...
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How to describe the relationship with writer of recommendation letter?

I am applying for tenure track /postdoc and I asked two professor to write me a research letter. In some job applications I am asked to describe the relationship with them, and I am not so sure what ...
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Can an instructor ask students to write a letter of recommendation for them (the instructor)?

I am considering applying for two new jobs. I love where I am now, but these opportunities would be better for me as they would come with higher compensation and are closer to where I live. One idea I ...
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Strong, Specific Letter of Recomendation by Postdoc or Strong Letter from Prof [duplicate]

Let me start by saying that the professor in question tends to put minimal effort in outside of face-to-face meetings due to it being a very busy personal time for him. Therefore, nothing here is ...
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When the letter of recommendation will be asked for by the hiring committee?

I have already applied for a postdoc announcement in Europe. During the online process of uploading my documents, I was asked for the name of two references as well. According to the time table of ...
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Should I ask my master's advisor and co-advisor for a recommendation letter?

I'm doing a master's, and I plan to start a PhD next year. All the admission processes I've checked so far require two or three recommendation letters. My question is: should I ask my advisor and co-...
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Who do I ask for a letter of recommendation if my advisor and I do not get along?

My relationship with my advisor did not end the best. He took months and months to get me my thesis edits (I am currently finishing my 5th year as a Master's student because of this), and I ended up ...
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What is the use and importance of recommendation letters?

In my country recommendation letters to enter the equivalent to an MBA or PHD are just a suggestion, not necessarily, and/or irrelevant. In some cases they are shunned because they are considered ...
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Should I take a “positive, but not enthusiastically strong” letter of recommendation?

I'm currently applying for a Masters degree in a competitive program, and most things on my application are going well. The problem I'm having is with securing a letter of recommendation - I have ...
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Recommendation letter submitted by applicant in application

Problem In one of the research internship programs I am applying for in Japan, the institution requires me to directly upload recommendation and, otherwise the application will not be reviewed. ...
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Is it a problem if my recommendation letter has dim watermark on it? [duplicate]

My referee has given me a signed recommendation letter on a letter head in hardcopy with dim watermark on it. The department has stamped the letter head. Is the dim watermark in the center of letter ...
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Is it a problem if my letter of recommendation has a stamp from the department rather than the (famous) recommender? [duplicate]

My referee has signed recommendation letter on a letterhead with a dim watermark in the center with the university name. The rest of the letterhead is fine. HR gave me such a letterhead to take to the ...
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How to effectively ask a professor for supervision/collaboration (PhD Program) [duplicate]

Probably the first step towards applying for a PhD program is to find a professor who has enough interest/resource(s)/willing for the supervision. I know some of the rules (including attaching CV and ...
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Is it disadvantageous to have recommendation letters from postdoctoral fellows rather than professors? [duplicate]

I am a math PhD student in a US university and also a teaching assistant. This fall I’m expecting to apply for jobs. I’m looking for math lecturer/instructor jobs. However, when I worked as a ...
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Getting back into academia for a MSc [closed]

I am planning on returning to academia for a Master's degree after withdrawing from a PhD program, but there is a long road ahead and I am not sure on how to approach it. A few years ago, I decided to ...
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Can a postdoc write a letter for someone applying for a postdoc?

I'm a PhD student currently applying for postdocs and while I have secured my first and second letters of recommendation from faculty, the professor that had agreed to write me my third has ...
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Should I just move on if a professor doesn't answer my emails requesting a letter of recommendation?

I've asked a professor who I did research with over the summer to write me a letter a recommendation for graduate programs, but he hasn't responded for over a week. I've resent him an email and have ...
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alignment in recommendation letter in hardcopy

I have taken letter of recommendation from my referee with signature on letter head but the email and phone are not aligned with the rest of the document. Would the Australian university consider it ...
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Stamp of electrical department on letter head of recommendation letter

My referee is a pioneer of my university in my home country. I am applying for PhD in Australia. My referee has signed the letter of recommendation in hardcopy form but he hasn't put a stamp of his ...
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Recommendation letters when changing between two unrelated fields

I was a humanities major in undergrad and am now applying for a master's in engineering. The program I'm considering is a three-year MS that explicitly targets students without engineering backgrounds....
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Managing letters of recommendation [closed]

I write many letters of recommendation for students applying to graduate school, fellowships, or faculty positions. Some universities have a letter service, where the letter writer can upload a ...
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Recommendation letter advice

I'm soon going to apply to some M.Sc. in Europe and I asked my current supervisor at work - he was a professor until a couple of years ago - to write a reference letter for me. My function at the ...
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Recommender's affiliation

I am applying for graduate programs this year. My undergraduate major is physics while my intended specialty is astrophysics. I apply for physics program for the most of schools and astronomy program ...
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Blurry digital signatures on recommendation letter with referee's NAME stamp [duplicate]

I have the recommendation letter in hardcopy form on university letter head with blurry digital signatures and with referee's NAME stamp. I have read on internet that " a NAME stamp is equivalent to ...
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Letter of reference without referee email and phone

My university has shifted to a new location. I have a letter of recommendation in hardcopy form on old letterhead (i.e., with the old campus address) but with the current date. Moreover, my letter of ...