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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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No response from professor for letter of recommendation

I am applying to MS/MA programs and my first due date is tomorrow. All my matierals were submitted 2 weeks in advance,however, my final letter writer hasn’t submitted his LOR. My other two have both ...
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I have letters of recommendation dated 2016 can I still use them now? [duplicate]

I am currently applying for PhD programs. I have 3 letters from my former professors. All are dated 2016. Does that look bad in an application? And if I am to use them now, should I send emails to my ...
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Can people refer to me as an MD in my recommendation letter if I have already passed my professional exam but my degree is still in process?

This year I am applying to an big university's summer camp this year, and I am not really aware of how US Universities handle this situation. I am a Mexican "medical intern", I call myself like that ...
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Do professors tailor recommendations to universities? [duplicate]

Preferably from a professor's candid viewpoint. When writing graduate recommendations for an undergraduate, do professors write general recommendations describing why #insert name# is a great fit for ...
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Will I get a negative LOR from my professor

I have recently asked my professor to write a LOR for my taught master program application. We are not so familiar with each other, but at least I have attended one course of him (got A grade) while ...
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How much effort does it take to modify a reference letter for different applications?

I am in my early PhD years and encouraged to apply for scholarships/fellowships that would boost my funding. All of these applications ask for recommendation letters from previous supervisors, and ...
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Should I send a research recommendation letter to teaching postdoc position?

I am a math PhD student, graduating this semester. I found a teaching postdoc that I would really like to apply for but I am confused by the ad. They ask for a teaching statement but no research ...
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Letter of support for promotion to full professor from an “unusual” student

A professor (currently Associate Professor) I used to collaborate with is being considered for the promotion to "full Professor". The Department asked me to write a letter supporting the professor's ...
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Why would recommender not submit letter to some schools?

My recommender received the list of schools I would be applying to months in advance. She submitted 7 out of 10 letters and then just disappeared: ignores emails and notifications from schools. Why ...
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Asking my Professor to create a Google Account to submit a Letter of Recommendation for me

I requested a recommendation letter to a professor and he agreed to write one for me. However, the application (a Google form) to which he needed to upload the letter required a Google account to ...
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As a graduate student, am I allowed to use university letterhead in a letter of recommendation for an undergraduate student?

This is in the U.S. I am a graduate student, and an undergraduate student who I mentored in an independent reading project has asked me to write her a letter of recommendation for an internship ...
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Emailing a professor for points on an exam when you want a recommendation from the professor

I recently took an exam in my master's program where I missed just enough points to change my grade from A+ to A (in my country, these show up differently on a transcript). I intend on applying to ...
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How to ask for a recommendation letter from a professor after long time?

I had worked under a supervisor in 2015 and that year I asked a recommendation letter from him for a Ph.D. He wrote it very well. On 2016, I again asked him for one and he sent me again. Both of the ...
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What to do when professor denies authoring an extremely negative letter of recommendation?

I asked a professor for letters of recommendation for 7 universities. I was able to view his review for one particular university and it was extremely, unnecessarily negative. When I confronted him, ...
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I am unable to reach one of my faculty member through email, phone call or even in person, what may I do? [duplicate]

I am unable to reach one of my faculty member through email, phone call or even in person, who have agreed on providing me with a recommendation letter. He is not replying to my email, phone number is ...
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Is it fine to ask a collaborator to give me a recommendation letter directly or should I ask my adviser to do so?

Recently, I need to take some recommendation letters from our collaborators but I'm not sure is it fine to ask them directly by myself or should I ask my adviser to do so? Any idea or suggestion is ...
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If this is my second Visiting Assistant Professor job, who should I ask for letters?

I'm just looking ahead, but I intend to get 1 letter from my current department chair but am not sure beyond that. Should I include a letter from my graduate advisor no matter what? Should I get a ...
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Professor uploaded a recommendation meant for university 'A' to a different university 'B'

There are 2 universities that I was applying to for a PhD program. Lets call them 'A' and 'B'. The professor, who was writing a recommendation for me, uploaded the recommendation, meant for ...
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Applying for PhD overseas After a Break

I am a Graduate in Life sciences who has been working in a corporate job for the past 2+ years. I am currently researching and aiming to apply for PhD programmes in Europe. In requirements for PhD I ...
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Professor asked for details of letters I need

I am applying for summer REUs in physics. A professor I asked agreed to write me a recommendation, but also asked for details of the letters I need. What details should I send?
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What reference from current insitution is required/advisable for pre-tenure move?

I am interviewing for a tenure-track position in the United States. I am currently a tenure-track faculty member at another US university. In my cover letter, I stated that I wished to keep my search ...
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Is it common to perform a campus interview before asking for letters of recommendation [closed]

I was recently invited to an on-campus interview after having a skype interview. I noticed, after checking with my referees, that this particular school did not request letters of recommendation for ...
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Letter of recommendation before Skype interview

I recently applied for a tenure-track faculty position. The recommendation letters were not requested when I applied. After 2-3 weeks, I got an email that my referees should send them the letters and ...
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Mathjobs.org Generic Reference Letter

I am applying for mathematics postdocs through Mathjobs.org. I have mentioned names of three of professors for reference letter. One of professors asked me about whether should I submit a generic ...
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Are NSF GFRP recommenders updated on the status of the application?

I applied for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and was curious if my letter-writers will receive updates of my acceptance or refusal at the same time I do or if they hear anything at all after ...
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What is recommendation/reference draft copy?

I am applying for a PhD program and reached out for a recommendation to a professor under who I had done my master’s thesis. He told me to: send a draft copy as per the requirement What does that ...
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letterhead required for recommendation emails sent electronically?

I am applying to graduate schools in North America. Most of these institutes require at least three electronic letter of recommendations to be sent during the process. I have already submitted my ...
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Mediocre/Poor letter of rec from well-known professor vs great letter from not as well-known professor?

I'm planning to apply to graduate school next year after working a year in industry (software engineering) but have received advice to get my letters of recommendation and other application parts ...
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What makes a good reference letter for a junior faculty position

I'm in the process of applying to junior faculty positions (e.g. Assistant Professor). This will be my first time I ever apply for an academic position. My direct supervisor asked me to write a ...
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Who to include as a reference?

I am finishing my Ph.D. and looking for a postdoc position. Right now I have included my current supervisor in Ph.D. and my previous supervisor from my masters as references. The postdoc position ...
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how to recall a request for recommendation letter from professor

I asked my professor to write me a recommendation letter for graduate school, but now my plan of attending graduate school has changed. instead of going to graduate school, I will try to find a job, ...
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When applying for a PhD, is it okay for one letter of recommendation to come from a PhD student?

I am currently a Master's student and planning to apply for PhD. Now, I have directly worked with two professors for research projects. Unfortunately, those two are the only professors I have taken ...
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A professional reference letter for pure math graduate school

I'm applying for master's degree in mathematics (pure math) at Canadian universities. I already found two professors to write academic letters for me, but it's hard to find the third one who can ...
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Can I ask a Master's paper reader to be a referee for Ph.D.?

I am applying for Ph.D. and am looking for a third referee. I was wondering if it is appropriate to ask a reader of my Master's paper? To be more specific, he was a post-doc at the time but since has ...
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how to ask supervisor for a recommendation letter for scholarship?

I've just started my master in Canada and I just passed one course so far and it was with my supervisor. could I ask my supervisor to fill out a strong reference letter for me for a scholarship? or ...
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Why do graduate engineering schools ask for academic reference letters?

I'm applying to study a master of engineering in Canada from Australia. As part of my application I'm required to provide two reference letters. Now universities in Australia are very commercialized....
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Should a graduate student instructor write a recommendation letter?

I am currently a graduate student at a large university in the United States and I am the instructor for an advanced course. One of my students is applying to masters programs and has asked me to ...
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Does it look bad to get recommendation letters all from the outside of undergrad school?

I'm applying for Mathematics MS degree and I have an issue with getting an recommendation letter from undergrad professors. I didn't plan to apply for grad school unitil recently and I was never a ...
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Is it wrong to change the name of the university on a recommendation letter

One of my professors gave me a recommendation letter for my master's degree application however I just noticed that she wrote the specific program that I'm applying to from a different university that ...
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Letter of recommendation repeat

I asked my thesis advisor to write me a letter of recommendation, giving her a copy of the letter of recommendation written by another professor for me the last time I applied to colleges. Turns out, ...
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Should all recommendation letters be research- or teaching-related?

I am applying for junior faculty positions at research universities. Most job postings request three references (either just names and contact details, or actual letters of recommendation), and I've ...
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My professor submitted the draft recommendation letter with university name as placeholder. Can i re-submit?

My professor accidentally sent the draft version of the recommendation letter to UTD and it had a mistake of the university name as "[Enter university name]" which was supposed to be replaced with the ...
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How to deliver thank you letter and gift to the professor who wrote letter of recommendation for me

I am writing a handwritten thank you letter to my professors who wrote the letter of recommendation for me, and I am also buying them a small gift because they really helped a lot throughout the ...
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Getting a recommendation letter when applying for a job before finishing graduate program

I am midway through the third year of a five year graduate program. Grad school has been fine and I am not struggling academically but there is a full-time job offering in my city (in a field related ...
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Asking previous advisor for a better letter of reference

I recently applied for a national scholarship at my university. My application was accepted internally as one of few to be sent to the organization hosting the scholarship. However, the people ...
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Is it acceptable to ask or present a recommendation letter from a professor who left the university?

I finished my undergraduate studies around 2 and a half years ago. I didn't directly apply to any university to continue my master's degree. Recently, I decided to continue. I live in Lebanon and I ...
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What's better a free degree or a degree that better matches my interest? [closed]

I have no debt and a bachelors in mathematics (which has been minimally useful in finding me a job. It's basically amounted to an HR filter pass for some jobs. No job yet after 6 months of looking.) ...
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Contact info for a professor's letter of recommendation [closed]

Is it okay if the applicant provides a professor's official email and the professor uploads the letter of recommendation (LOR) from the same official email, but mistakenly mentions their personal ...
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Shall I tell my college professor that the reason why I am asking for a letter is I have to have a letter from college?

I have graduated for almost two years so I have many other stronger referees; my college performance was not stellar. The only reason why I am requesting a letter from my undergrad profs is that the ...
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How to ask for a recommendation letter if no professor knows me in person?

I suffer from the following mental disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, avoidant personality disorder and body dysmorphic disorder and at times I had depression and because of that I was unable ...