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Asking for an REU recommendation letter from a professor in a different discipline

Yes, that's fine. I say this as someone who teaches linear algebra to students from many majors (including physics and computer science) and have written them letters of recommendation for successful ...
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Is it okay to ask your undergraduate final project supervisor for a letter of recommendation for Phd admissions?

You must have had a professor who you did your project under. Generally this will be the PhD advisor of this candidate. Ask the professor (politely ofcourse) to coordinate with this student to write ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

Frequently we perceive we are being pushy, when we remind someone to do something. But usually, this is just in our heads because we are anxious. Do you have an example of someone who was punished for ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

This statement is to try to clarify that the institution does not have a duty or is not to be held accountable for incomplete applications regardless of how an applicant may interpret the situation. ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

One small but important detail that doesn't seem to come out clearly in existing answers: the instructions usually say something like Applicants are responsible for ensuring that two references are ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

What they mean with "it's your responsibility if the letter isn't uploaded" is "it's your problem if the letter isn't uploaded". As with many things in life, it may not be your ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

It's a warning! Warnings need to be direct, not subtle. It's "BIOHAZARD, DO NOT ENTER!", not "If you think about entering this room, please consider the effects biohazardous materials ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

In this context, it means that the end recipient of the necessary documents will not contact the document provider to request them. They will not make an initial contact, they will not send reminders,...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

The responsibility is similar to the project manager's responsibility in an industry project. They may not be the line managers of the people whose project they manage, and thus may not have any ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

You have a situation involving an interaction between three parties. Ignoring the details and thinking a bit more generally, let's call them Alice, Bob and Chris. Alice is asking for something from ...
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Why do people keep saying 'it is your responsibility' to make sure your supervisor uploads their letter of recommendation (or similar)?

I think you're missing the meaning of this. In the case of a supervisor submitting a recommendation letter, it's not that the supervisor doesn't have any responsibility, it's that the committee or ...
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What are my options if a prof ghosted me after agreeing for recommendation letter?

Anecdotally, I had this same issue occur to me. Some of the programs did not even look at my incomplete application, but one of them did and accepted me despite lacking the additional required letter. ...
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Is a recommendation letter from my PhD advisor unethical?

I'll echo a comment of Brian Krause about how letters are sent to potential employers (etc.) rather than being given directly to former students. I hope you've misunderstood something. Many places ...
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What are my options if a prof ghosted me after agreeing for recommendation letter?

What you can do now is work with the fellowship people to see what your options are. Explain, calmly, that a letter wasn't sent and you don't know why. Don't make accusations, but ask what might be ...
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What are my options if a prof ghosted me after agreeing for recommendation letter?

Look, many professors have problems with procrastination too. They agree to something that is far in the future, even though they might regret it later. It's a form of future discounting. A standup ...
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Second teaching letter vs. letter from a co-advisor from a secondary department for a math positions in LAC

I am a professor of mathematics at Denison University, a good liberal arts college in Ohio. I've been on around 10 hiring committees. Based on my experiences, my impression is that you would be better ...
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How to ask a professor from 29 years ago to write you a recommendation?

I have found that professors do remember me 20 years later if I did research with them, but don't necessarily remember me otherwise. Sometimes, if they have previously written a letter of ...
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How to ask a professor from 29 years ago to write you a recommendation?

You are what we call an "atypical applicant", and review committees will not expect a typical application. I don't believe a recommendation from a casual professor three decades ago will ...
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How to ask a professor from 29 years ago to write you a recommendation?

I agree with @DavidKetcheson . One class, 29 years ago? Did you do something absolutely stunning in his class? Like, say, write a paper that led to a publication in a serious journal with him as co-...
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