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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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Department member writing reference letter for job applicant for a position in that dept

The applicant has asked me for a reference letter for a position in my department. (I can give a positive recommendation.) The applicant is not related to me. Would it be appropriate for me to do so? ...
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I sent an email asking for a letter of request almost a week ago and have not received a response, thoughts on how to proceed during COVID?

I asked my two of my current Med school faculty for a LOR almost a week ago and I have got no response yet from either. It is making me pretty nervous and I am not sure what I should do now. I wouldn'...
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Underrating and overrating of student in recommendation letter for post-doc: Balancing approach

Many times in our professional career, we come across students, who had either taken our courses or were part of our research group, asking for recommendation letters for post-doc or graduate program (...
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postdoc position does not require letter of recommendation only contact details of referees. Should I still provide the letters?

I'm applying for a postdoc position at ETH Zurich. For the application, the following requirements are listed: Letter of motivation CV and list of publications Electronic copies of university ...
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Getting Letter of recommendation with letter head

So I did my engineering back in 2010. I do know few of my teachers but none of them are now in the same university. I want to get an academic reference letter for admission on postgraduate level in ...
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What are the best answers to these questions appear on recommendation letter

The following questions that i am kinda unsure : "During which period of time have you had the most frequent contact with the appliacant? From _ to _ ." What am i supposed to answer? Date, days, ...
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How to give opinion to my professor about writing LoR?

I have been applying to PhD positions (got offers already, thanks god) and surely I asked my master thesis supervisor as one of my letter writers. He is quite new as a PI. He told me that it is his ...
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Asking a community college professor for a letter of recommendation

I am applying for a master’s program and required to obtain two letters of recommendation. Originally, I asked two teachers from the private college where I got my BA, even though I did not know them ...
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Potential Supervisor Said She Will Contact References- No Response

So I met with a potential supervisor at an Open day and she seemed very excited at my research interest as it aligns with hers. She said she is recruiting students for Fall 2020 and she would want me ...
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What to do when you're not confident your advisor will be able to write you a strong LoR?

The title is pretty self-explanatory, but let me explain. The lab I'm at right now is very big. It's around 30-40 people. I'm a master's student that just finished his first semester and am looking ...
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Question about asking letter of recommendation to non faculty researcher

I know similar questions have been asked before in here, but this is slightly different direction of question. I'm applying for tenure-track assistant faculty position in my field. But one position ...
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I have an issue with one of my teachers and a chance to address it, but they're writing me a letter of rec. Should I address it?

I'm trying to transfer, I'm a good student and one of my teachers is writing me what I assume will be a fantastic letter. I am in an upper undergrad level (200+) CS course with this teacher. We had a ...
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How to find a job without recommendation letters? [closed]

I am currently almost homeless and without job. Can someone please help me in right direction of finding an academic or non-academic job? Minimum salary will be acceptable. I hold a PhD in ...
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PhD.-Application; How to deal with reference-letter requests when being out of academia for 2 years?

Two years ago I did a M.Sc. in cognitive Neuroscience and then started working as a DL / ML-Engineer up until now. Back then I got two positive reference letters for a specific graduate program from ...
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What to Do About Inaccurate Dates on Letters of Recommendation?

As part of the application for a fellowship at an university, I acquired two letters of recommendation. Apart from a factual inaccuracy in the body of one letter, which I am going to mention in the ...
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Professor wrote me a recommendation; I need another one with short notice but he hasn't replied

About a month ago I asked a professor for a letter of recommendation with 2 weeks notice, he agreed and wrote it. I found out about another opportunity but the deadline is tomorrow; I sent him an ...
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Advisor's Negativity

How do you deal with the constant flow negativity from an advisor? Examples: How worthless I am, how I am the worst student he ever had. Absolutely good for nothing. Whatever I am doing is ...
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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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