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Co-signed recommendation letter

How it will be perceived is difficult/impossible to say, since it is individuals that receive the letters who will judge. Perhaps not a lot of problems, though. The co-sign will help. But, your path ...
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Did my professor refuse to write me a letter of recommendation? (in Germany)

I agree with @xLeitix mostly. However, I see yet another possibility: What is common in Germany are Arbeitszeugnisse (a particular type of letter to the employee certifying what they did, and usually ...
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Did my professor refuse to write me a letter of recommendation? (in Germany)

I believe there simply is a confusion of what exactly you asked for. In Germany, I believe it's less common to write letters of recommendation in the US style. Instead, what one typically does is list ...
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Did my professor refuse to write me a letter of recommendation? (in Germany)

If this was the UK, you might interpret this slight deflection of the answer as a roundabout way of giving a negative response. Germans tend to be a bit more direct than that. Given the context (...
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Did my professor refuse to write me a letter of recommendation? (in Germany)

It could be yes or no as it is dependent on the nature of your application. If you apply to a university that requires you to provide the contact information of the referees for them, so they can ...
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My professor says he'll send me recommendation letters once he finished writing them, what should I respond?

He may have a pile of letters to write and hasn’t gotten to yours yet, but I would have been more forthcoming about that. He may also rank his work by due date or incoming date or something else.
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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?

This is a really awkward position, for the both of you. If he considers this as a bribe, he is obligated to report it to the university and not mention in a recommendation letter... I think that he 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?

My first thought would have been "do not use his letter", but I also feel like you don't have a lot of options. It's not easy. I have a lot of experience with recommendation letters (...
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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?

The incident of the gift card is one thing. But if the professor is going to go further than that and actually mention this incident in your letter, do you really want that person speaking on your ...
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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?

Avoid using that reference unless it means you can't put in the application. It comes across as odd, and a reader will discount the letter. If you have trouble getting professors to write you ...
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What to include in a grad school reccomendation on behalf of my referee based on a course?

I assume that your instructor asked you to write a draft of the letter of recommendation that they then send out. That's a trick used by people asked to write references. When it comes to writing a ...
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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?

Your professor's actions seem very strange. If he believes that you were trying to bribe him, then he should have refused to write the letter. If he believes that this was a simple misunderstanding, ...
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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?

This incident sounds to me like a simple misjudgment in relation to an intention to give a small gift as a thank-you. The inference to this being a bribe to influence a decision-maker is weak, since ...
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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?

Do not use this reference letter. Depending on the exact information included and the phrasing used, there are two potential interpretations the reader could be left with. Scenario A is that the ...
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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?

Perhaps this is just a cultural misunderstanding. You don't write like a native Canadian, so I'll assume you are from another culture for this advice. Different cultures have different practices and ...
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Does plagiarism count if 2 recommenders use the very silmilar style of writing?

Plagiarism really isn't the issue. If two such letters landed on my desk, I would probably think that the student had provided some sort of draft letter to both professors, who modified it to suit ...
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Does plagiarism count if 2 recommenders use the very silmilar style of writing?

It is not plagiarism, but a lack of diversity. For me, they are also too general. It is also not a good practice to mention something you already showed/mentioned in other parts of the application in ...
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Is academic letter of recommendation necessary for MS admissions through GRE?

I doubt that any place in the US with competitive admissions will admit a student based only on GRE general test scores. In fact, that is starting to disappear as a requirement (COVID among other ...
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Recommendation letter and conflict of interest

Probably, depends on how much they invested to get that opportunity for you. I want to believe it will not go too far but you may lose any privilages that you might have. Not unless they hold grudge ...
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Recommendation letter and conflict of interest

The answer to the second half of your first question heavily depends on the personal traits of your adviser. Both jealousy and magnanimity are natural and widespread human traits and without knowing a ...
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Recommendation letter and conflict of interest

A wise, honorable, respectable postdoc advisor will recognize that for someone in your position it is absolutely necessary to consider all avenues for remaining and thriving in academia if it is your ...
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My professor says he'll send me recommendation letters once he finished writing them, what should I respond?

In the US at least, the issue isn't confidentiality, it's whether the student has waived their right under the law to see the letter. Most schools won't take a letter "seriously" if this isn'...
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My professor says he'll send me recommendation letters once he finished writing them, what should I respond?

Many professors will share what they write with students even when the expectation is that they are "confidential". I don't have a problem with it as long as the recommender is honest and ...
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Meaning of providing a reference

Sometimes, they want to have a short conversation with the referees via email. Here is the academic reference/letters of recommendation section in the guide for Master of Philosophy applicants at the ...
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Meaning of providing a reference

It is a bit ambiguous. You can ask for details. But before you provide names and contact information, ask the potential recommenders for permission and say that a letter will probably be asked for. ...
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Asking for a letter of recommendation from the Department Chair

The usual practice in a hiring process is that someone on the selection panel cannot also be a referee for any of the candidates. It is therefore unlikely that your Department Head can give you a ...
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Can a professor in the program I'm applying to write a recommendation letter?

This should be fine. Certainly in the US. The professor will probably need to not participate otherwise in the admissions decision directly, but that is a separate issue for them, not for yourself. If ...
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