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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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Under which circumstances should I have additional recommendation letters?

Many Ph.D. programs in the U.S. require "a minimum of 3 recommendation letters", and you can submit up to 6 letters if you like. I am under the impression that most people just have 3 LoR, ...
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Does the order of referees matter?

One friend told me that I should order the referees by the (estimated) strength of their letters. She believes it makes a difference since the admission committee would start reading letters in the ...
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Template for follow up mail after no response for a letter of recommendation? [duplicate]

I am currently applying to graduate school and trying to gather some solid letters of recommendation. I already contacted three professors (almost 1 month before application deadline) and 2/3 gladly ...
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When writing a letter of recommendation for a student, should I explicitly mention where former students of a similar calibre were admitted to?

I am a professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the US. My department is fortunate enough to have a wonderful group of math majors, many of whom go on to graduate school each year. ...
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Are PhD re-applicants disadvantaged in any way?

I am currently applying for couple of PhD programs in the US at top Ivy league schools. I was originally supposed to receive letter of recommendation from well known professor in my field. The ...
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I accidently filled out wrong designation for letter of recommendation

In my application form, I filled out the staff's designation as "Associate Professor" but in the recommendation form that my faculty filled out for me, she mentioned her designation as "...
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Are they asking for 3 reference letters or a list of reference contacts?

I want to apply for an open position as a postdoctoral fellow at NYU. The following sentence appears in the instructions: Application Instructions: Please be sure to include at least 3 academic ...
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Why do referees ask for a school list?

I asked a professor for a recommendation letter for my Ph.D. application, and she said something like Sure, I am willing to write you a letter. Can you send me your research statement and school list ...
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Reference letter from the university professor rather than thesis guide

For my PhD admission in Europe I need 3 reference letter from my university professor.I also collected 3 reference letters.Among 3 letters one is my masters thesis guide.But my masters thesis guide ...
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Recommendation letter from a faculty who lost affiliation

I'm currently applying for the Ph.D. programs in the United States. My academic instructor has been notified that he violated some immigration regulations (he is not U.S. resident) and he lost his ...
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Are recommendation letter writers asked to rank their students?

Suppose a PhD advisor has multiple students who are applying for postdocs to the same universities. Do the universities ask the advisor to rank these students when submitting their recommendation ...
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Influence of the familiarity of the university with recommender to application success

I am an international applicant trying to apply for a PhD program in Europe in mathematics and I am a bit confused regarding whom to ask the second recommendation letter. There are two professors I ...
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Professor submitted my letter of recommendation after I removed him

I had sent a reminder to the professor for submitting my letter of recommendation about two days before the deadline, but he didn't reply to me. He was highly unresponsive after initially agreeing. As ...
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Recommendation letter combination for PhD

I am currently pursuing master degree in Germany and is applying to US PhDs for 2023Fall. I have heard it for long that for PhD applications letters from professors in class are not of much use. But ...
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Can we stop looking at recommendation letters and rely purely on "objective" measurements during the admission process?

My question has different emphases from Why are recommendation letters highly relied upon?. As we know, the letter of recommendations are heavily relied upon in the process of university/graduate ...
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Common platform for submitting reccomendations for grad school

I get requested by 5 to 6 students every year to give a reccomendation for admission to graduate school. I find that the typical student applies to 6 to 8 universities. Most of the schools send a ...
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Is getting a reference letter from both advisors a good idea?

I am applying for a postdoc which is asking for 2 referees. I have a main and co-supervisor who would both write a good letter and know me well. Is it best that I put them both down or is it best ...
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Would it be helpful to submit more letters of recommendation than required for a US PhD application in my situation?

I am applying to several grad schools in the US for a PhD in math and most of them require three letters of recommendation. None of them mention that only three letters or no more than three letters ...
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Letter of Recommendation for PhD application

I am applying for Ph.D. in the United States. During my undergrad, I had worked with a postdoc in the research lab I was working. Presently, the postdoc student has joined an esteemed university as an ...
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Should I ask a professor for a letter of recommendation if I haven't done too well in his class but have interacted with him a lot outside class

The title is a bit long but let me explain. I am a final year undergraduate student and am currently applying for a PhD in my field. All the universities I am applying to require three letters of ...
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Who should I ask for a letter of recommendation?

I am from Spain and I recently graduated from a masters degree here and now I'm applying for a PhD in the US. I'm having a hard time finding people who will write me a letter of recommendation for my ...
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LOR from employer sent from unofficial email id as using official e-mail id is against the company policy

My senior is ready to write a LOR for me, but cannot use a company letterhead or official email id as it is against the company policy. Company policy states use of official email id and letterhead ...
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Will it be annoying for my referee to submit recommendation letters for multiple institutions?

I am currently applying for multiple graduate art programs in the UK, and I asked a former professor of mine to write me a recommendation letter. However, because I am applying for quite a lot of ...
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How to obtain a teaching letter in a research-only institution

I am a postdoc at a research-only institution in Europe now. I am applying for US postdocs in research university in mathematics. Even though not all job advertisements mention this, but it is ...
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Is it necessary to get a recommendation letter from every mentor I did research with?

I am a senior applying to CS PhD programs this fall. I have got two summer research experiences and my mentor from Summer 21 is writing one of my letters. In summer 22 also, I worked on a research ...
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Strategies for postdoc/tenure-track reference letter requests

Each individual seeking academic positions has to go through applications several times during each year they are applying. In Math the average might be around a hundred positions and this process is ...
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How can a freelance writer get recommendation letters?

Suppose, a BSc in Computer Science student has been doing online freelancing for the last 10 years. The teachers who knew him in his undergrad school are either retired, or dead, or doesn't have any ...
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Will it weaken my application if the professor only "co-signs" a letter of recommendation written by a post-doc?

I am going to apply for PhDs. Since I am applying to a large number of programs, one of my referees gave me two options: Reduce the number of programs I apply to (or at least, the number of letters ...
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Did my professor refuse to write me a letter of recommendation? (in Germany)

I asked my professor to write me a letter of recommendation for my PhD application, but his reply was "You are welcome to name me as a reference for any applications." Is it a turndown or ...
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(Math) PhD LORs from Research Scientists?

When applying to grad school (e.g. in mathematics), how is a LOR from a Principal Research Scientist compared to that of a Tenured Professor? The only information I have about Principal Research ...
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Guides on writing a good Letter of Recommendation when the professor asks for a "Rough Draft"

I'm applying to grad schools in the US for a PhD in math and have managed to convince five professors to write a letter of recommendation for me. One of my referees requested me to send a "rough ...
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My professor says he'll send me recommendation letters once he finished writing them, what should I respond?

I asked for a recommendation letter from a professor and sent him all the required materials. He agreed to write me the letters, but he also said that he will send me the letters later next week. Is ...
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Will it give a negative impression if a professor mentions that he declined a gift card from me in his reference letter?

I am an international student studying in North america. I am applying for a master's program. I reached out to many professors for a letter of recommendation, but none replied. So, I told one ...
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What to include in a grad school reccomendation on behalf of my referee based on a course?

I'm required to draft a letter of recommendation on behalf of my referee. But I have only done a course under him and although I did really well in that course, I'm not sure what I can write in the ...
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Does plagiarism count if 2 recommenders use the very silmilar style of writing?

I am applying to a PhD program in US, and I have two referees for recommendation letters. Referee #1 is my faculty advisor, and referee #2 is a thesis advisor. If referee #2 uses similar writing style ...
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Is academic letter of recommendation necessary for MS admissions through GRE?

Recently I have been thinking about doing MS. For most of the universities, the admission is based on GRE General score among other things. I think a few letters of recommendation are a must in ...
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Recommendation letter and conflict of interest

I have started a postdoc position very recently. I have funding for now, however I wanted independence, my PI encouraged this idea and we are working on a fellowship for me. On the other hand, I have ...
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Meaning of providing a reference

I have been applying for graduate level positions at several labs in the US, and I received the following reply from the PI of one of the labs I applied to - "if you are interested you should ...
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Asking for a letter of recommendation from the Department Chair

I am applying for a different position in my own department which has better perks and more job security. There is an open search for this position and I am sure it will be very competitive. While I ...
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Can a professor in the program I'm applying to write a recommendation letter?

Three professors have promised to write me recommendation letters for PhD program applications. I want to apply to the program where one of them (Prof.A) is a professor. I was in his summer research ...
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giving recommendation for MSc student

A former MSc student asked me to write her a recommendation letter, so that she can apply for a PhD position. Although I feel that she is bright and dedicated, I only teach her in a hands-on course ...
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How to gain research experience at undergraduate level?

I will join a college by the end of Sept/Oct. I will pursue Physics (Hons), and my target is to get prestigious research internships at places like LEAP (Leidan observatory in Netherlands) or CERN, so ...
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Will it hurt to not get a letter of recommendation from REU advisor?

So I will be applying to graduate schools in Computer Science this fall. I am an undergrad senior currently. Last summer, I participated in an REU. I am wondering whether I should get my REU mentor's ...
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What happens if the professors that write your letter of recommendation have the same name?

So there are two professors at my university that have the same name (the only differences are their titles), and incidentally they both know me well enough to write my letter of recommendation, and I ...
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Can I use an MSc lecturer as an academic reference for another MSc degree?

I have a BSc and MSc in Architecture (2011). I am close to completing a second MSc and would like to go for a third MSc in Canada. Can a lecturer from the second MSc be a reference in the 3rd MSc ...
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Can a cousin write a recommendation letter for graduate school? [duplicate]

I have a cousin who used to be a research engineer at MIT until recently, and now is the global manager of a company. While at MIT, he suggested that I should apply for graduate school there (I'm an ...
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Does successful entrepreneur's recommendation make a difference in PhD application?

My major is computer science. I'm senior and I want to apply for PhD in CS. I have 2 recommendation letters right now. One is from a professor that I previously worked with. The other is from one of ...
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Strategy as a PhD student for earning good letters of recommendation in 1-3 years

I'm a PhD student in a 3-4 year program (UK), nearing the end of my first year. I want to stay in academia, so I want to have good LORs. I was wondering how to earn good LORs that I may need in 1....
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How to check if a person is faculty - confusing titles in UK academia

I am a master's student in physics, from outside the UK and I'm not familiar with the academic hierarchy/titles in the UK. I am working (remotely) with an academic from a prominent UK university, and ...
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Can I ask a DST INSPIRE faculty for a recommendation letter?

I will be applying for PhD in USA this year, so I will be needing recommendation letters. Can I ask a DST INSPIRE faculty who used to work in same lab as me (apart from my principal investigator)? ...

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