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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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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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I'm Really Worried About My Letters Of Recommendation (Mathematics/Computer Science) [closed]

I completed a B.S. in Mathematics in the USA with a 3.6 major GPA. 1.) The strongest LOR I have is from a lecturer with a PhD in 2010 that I took two applied Statistics courses with. They're graduate ...
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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 ...
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How to request a positive reference letter from my former PI who does not know me very well?

I worked in a research group and now I am applying to a PhD program. A positive reference letter, especially the one from the big-named Principal Investigator (PI, project leader), will be very ...
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Format of project completion letter

I did a website project under guidance of one of my faculty, now i want a letter from faculty that will specify that i did that project under that faculty. I dont know the format of that letter.
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What should I do if a professor agrees to write me a letter but cannot guarantee it being the strongest one?

Recently while applying for a dissertation grant, I ask a professor I believed I worked closely with for a recommendation letter. He responds quickly and agrees to submit a letter for me (as he did ...
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Recommendation Letter v.s. Ph.D. opportunity

Last year, I started collaborating with a high-level professor in the field in a good but not the best institute. Before leaving there, I discussed with her a possible opportunity to having her ...
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Undergrad thesis supervisor rejected request for LOR - how will this look on grad apps?

I haven't worked with my supervisor for long (~3 months now, 4 when apps are due), and she is well known in her field. I understand she has a reputation to uphold is honest in her letters from what I ...
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About the information on Professors who write Reference Letter

I applied for some research positions and send the name of my references. I would like to know that: Do the full list of my references will be forwarded to each of professors by institute which I ...
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I am currently in graduate school but need to ask my previous professors for a letter of recommendation. I am worried this will be awkward

I just started grad school this semester. But as part of my stipend contract, I am required to continue to apply to scholarships (although I don't need to win them). I have not been in grad school ...
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Asking for the second/third recommendation letter, should I tell the referee he is writing the third letter?

Many have suggested me to include a sentence like this while asking for recommendations: "Do you feel that you are able to give me a strong reference?" I am afraid that my third referee, who was ...
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Writing a draft of your own recommendation letter: how to compare yourself to other students?

I'm currently applying to Research Masters and PhD programs. One of my letter of recommendation writers asked me to write up the first draft of the letter, so I've been trying to do so (pretty sure ...
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Not enough recommendation letters

I would like to apply for a postdoc position or an academic position like an assistant professor. Before I had three persons who could write letters of recommendation for me in case I needed to apply ...
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Reference letter on mathjobs - more than one

X is writing a reference letter for me, to be uploaded to mathjobs.org. He wants two generic reference letters - say one for tenure-track positions and one for postdocs. X did upload two letters, but ...
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What does it mean to write a “glowing” letter of recommendation?

I'm soon going to apply for admission into a masters program and I will be getting LORs from my place of employment. I often hear the phrase glowing letter of recommendation. What does it mean for a ...
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Display well-roundedness in letters for Grad school applications

Many students have asked for a letter of recommendation to support their grad school applications at US universities. Most of them aim for business schools, but many also go for science. Now, ...