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Most of my math recommendation letters do not have an opening salutation. They have the date at the top right, and the first sentence orients the reader with something like "I write to recommend Dr. …
answered Sep 28 '17 by Pete L. Clark
instead looked carefully at the rest of the application. It may be that I conclude that the recommender is a bit naive and/or hasn't seen as good students as I have...but that still might mean that the … student's application is quite strong. In general top marks are good things, not red flags. To my mind the fact that two of your recommenders showed you the letters is much more of a red flag than …
answered Nov 12 '14 by Pete L. Clark
should try to become more "genre savvy", which in this case means learning more about the application process and what PhD programs in your field are looking for. Here are some mistakes -- or, at least … the programs that waitlisted you, carefully (though relatively succinctly) describe your situation, and tell them how helpful it would be to get feedback about improving your application. What is the …
answered Apr 24 '16 by Pete L. Clark
application to a STEM PhD program. I wouldn't go so far as to say that submitting such things would be deemed an "affectation": however, unless you make a clear connection to your chosen field, they …
answered Jul 12 '14 by Pete L. Clark
and asking whether that sounds reasonable and whether your application will be competitive. If you do not have a thesis advisor, try out the same conversation with several faculty members in your …
answered Apr 9 '14 by Pete L. Clark
I fill in a random amount or enter zero? That is a bad idea. Many institutions (academic and otherwise) view lying during the application process as grounds for termination of your position into …
answered Apr 1 '17 by Pete L. Clark
good reason to believe that your application is stronger than the 9 who received the scholarship? I hope you're not under the impression that simply not having received an award is grounds for …
answered Feb 7 '14 by Pete L. Clark
begin on mid December, but we want you to submit your application early"? It depends on the department. It is however well known that many faculty members drag their feet with recommendation … of the loop. I see no big problem here. If one of the letters is more negative than the others, that drags your application down. If one of the letters is less informative than the others...frankly …
answered Oct 27 '16 by Pete L. Clark
writer's voice. There is plenty of room in such an application for a student to provide information about her strengths, goals and interests. A good faculty letter makes contact with that student …
answered Sep 30 '14 by Pete L. Clark
If I failed the first year, will it be a negative factor for my application the next year (say if I could been admitted originally, but because I failed the last application the year before so I … seems likely to me that the prospect of reapplying looks much more unusual to the student than it will to the faculty members who will be processing the application. Combined with the trivial (but …
answered Dec 23 '16 by Pete L. Clark
about it and (ii) comparing notes with others who are or recently were on the job market. Getting a look at application materials of those who recently got the type of job that you want is ideal. That's what friends are for. …
answered Feb 2 '16 by Pete L. Clark
something corroborating your story in their recommendation letter. If you are fully believable then you have a shot that those who are evaluating your application will actually believe you. They may well … application, that could be grounds for dismissing you from the program. You sure don't want that to happen. Sigh -- be good; big brother might actually be watching.] …
answered May 25 '16 by Pete L. Clark
Is it OK to send an email asking about application status and explaining that I have other standing offers which I have to make decisions about quickly? Yes, it is more than okay. If you think … . Would this have any negative impact on my application? As mentioned above: absolutely not. Rather it could have a positive impact, including in some cases resulting in better funding for you …
answered Mar 22 '15 by Pete L. Clark
No, you are not wasting your time. For assistant professorships at colleges with little or no research component, you should feel free to apply in your last year of a PhD program. I do realize th …
answered Dec 10 '14 by Pete L. Clark
depends a bit on what the application asks for. If you are asked to supply all college/university level transcripts (a common request) and intentionally omit some, then certainly you are behaving …
answered Jan 24 '17 by Pete L. Clark

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