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  1. Hey guys, need some help figuring out who to ask to write my letters. I have 5 options. 1. Psych professor I have done quite a bit of research with, knows me well, has taught me in class, and went to my first choice school for his Ph.D. as well (not sure if that holds any weight). No clinical background though. 2. Psych professor (not had me in class) I've only known for a few months but have worked extensively with. I don't know him quite as well, but I know he can speak for my research experience and work ethic. Has clinical background. 3. Psych professor (not had me in class) I work
  2. This is my second time applying for PhD programs. The first round, I lived in the same city as my recommendation writers and it was easier to buy them thank you gifts (I graduated and my final grades were already submitted.) I wrote them each a thank you card and bought them each specialty coffee and a nice notebook. For a professor I was really close with, I also bought him an academic book recently released that was in his field. However, right now I am living abroad and I am not sure what to do for my writers that is thoughtful without breaking the bank-- send something wrapped via amazon,
  3. To start a much-needed thread (in hopes of shedding some light on an aspect of humanities graduate admissions that is truly mysterious): What, in the name of all that is good and decent, are grad programs/ad-comms really looking for in letters of recommendation? Almost all letters surely sound pretty similar right? What sets some letters apart? What makes others bad? If anyone has any expertise/experience in this area, please enlighten us--but everyone feel free to opine.
  4. Hi everyone- quick question regarding LOR requests. Upon filling out my applications, I realized I sent one of my requests to an erroneous email (for simplicity sake, let's say I used .com instead of .edu when typing it in). The program does not allow me to change the email after a request has been sent, so I had to "exclude" that recommendation and subsequently resend a different, correct one. The correct one is now successfully submitted. My question is - will this "excluded" request be visible by those reviewing the application and could it possibly be viewed negatively -- indicating
  5. Hello all! I've had a couple concerns about letters of recommendations and application due dates. I decided to apply to grad school a little later than usual and CSUs have a priority application deadline , which is November 30th (is this possibly only for undergrad?). Four references agreed to write me letters, but seeing I only gave myself three weeks to submit applications, I don't want to force my references to rush to meet a due date if I don't have to. So my questions are: 1. Is there actually a priority application period for CSU SLP grad programs and 2. Must letters of recommendati
  6. I need another professor to write me an LOR... problem is during undergrad (graduated in 2016) I asked questions in class here and there but I did not attend office hours or go out of my way to speak to my professors after class so that they would remember me. I was under a lot of stress from working and commuting pretty far to my university at the time. How would someone go about asking professors for LOR's in a case where you did not really stand out or develop any kind of relationship besides having good grades?
  7. As a student ( international at that) I had enough concerns and queries keeping me up all night. A friend recommended a book - Donald Ascher's, Graduate Admission Essays. This book encompasses every bit of information a student applying to graduate, professional or doctoral programs require. It furnishes details on what to study and why. By making us question our interests , it helps abate confusion. A detailed section on financing you education and several links to scholarships have been provided. Formats and samples of LORs and SOPs make the bulk of the book. You c
  8. Hi everyone! Did anyone submit copies of a general letter of intent to professors, supervisors, etc so it would be easier for them to tailor their letter to mention your strengths, etc? And say good things about you apart from academics? Is sending recommenders a general letter of intent a good idea? I already have a list of the prompts of all the programs I’m applying to.
  9. I am a Masters graduate in Engineering (electrical) and I've been working at a hardware company since my graduation about 1.5 years ago. I'm planning to apply for PhD (US & international). I did not do a thesis for my masters - my degree was coursework based. My question is- can I submit LORs for PhD programs in engineering from some of my supervisors/managers/mentors at work? I've interned at work at a couple of companies in highly technical roles. And since I haven't done thesis in my masters, I have better chances of obtaining strong LORs from work than school. I have this q
  10. I'm mid-30s, career-changing and heading to law school in the fall with academia as the goal. I'm going to be applying to the PhD in History dual degree program wherever I land (all of the law schools I'm still considering offer programs). All are top-10 programs in both law and history, if that matters. I have solid GRE scores - happy to provide more detail, but don't want to be a douchebag - and I'm not too worried about the writing sample or SOP. LORs are another story. Since I graduated a decade ago and most of my professors were one-term-and-done relationships (huge department), I kn
  11. Hello! Looking for advice on getting letters of recommendation when you have few contacts in the art world. I'm considering applying for an MFA in painting for programs beginning in Fall 2019. My problem is that I don't have great contacts for my letters of recommendation. As an undergraduate, I double majored, worked full time, did weekly volunteer work, and had a weekly internship so I never really had the time to develop deep relationships with my art professors. My mentor for the volunteer work (teaching art in local schools) can write me a great recommendation letter as we worke
  12. Hey, I'm trying to get my letters of recommendation all wrangled up for my desires to get a PhD in philosophy I'm freaking out right now, mainly because I only ever did like one course with most of my professors. Out of the two I worked closest with, one of them has been kind enough to work like pretty closely on the process, and the other one has been dead silent because of a bunch of things going on in their life, and am in the process of trying to re-open that communication channel. The other big hurdle is that for financial reasons I am on the opposite end of the United States as I
  13. Hello All! Hoping you could help me out. I have decided that I want to go back to school and pursue a Masters in Public Health. Problem is, I went to undergrad for chemical engineering and am now working in an engineering field. I had a 3.0 GPA and am relatively confident that I'll do well on the GRE (practice tests have gone well and I'm a strong test taker). However, I am concerned about LOR. I have already been out of school for 2 years now, and have another 2 years or so before I am ready financially to go back. I am planning on asking a professor that I worked with as a TA when I was
  14. Hi guys, sorry if this question has been asked a million times and is a little dumb, but I worry about things and would really appreciate some insight. I'm planning to ask teachers for LOR sometime in the next two weeks, and have (I'm hoping) two of my letters coming from faculty in my school's Speech Pathology department. However, I'm a little torn on who to ask for my third LOR. I took a lot of my classes with adjunct professors who have since moved on with their careers, or in one case retired. While I could ask them, I don't think they'd even really remember me much. As such, my optio
  15. I am a current MA student in School Psychology and will be applying for PhD in the same stream this fall. I need two academic references for most of my applications. I am guaranteed with a good reference letter from my MA supervisor, who can comment on my academic (two grad courses that I did well in) and research abilities (working on my thesis with her right now). My question is who to ask for my second LOR, out of the following two options: 1) My undergraduate supervisor, who is in the field of Clinical Developmental Psychology. I worked in her lab for more than two years and she
  16. Hi everyone, So, I am currently in the process of applying to graduate school, and while I feel very confident about my application, I'm super nervous about asking for letters of recommendation. To provide you with some information, my overall GPA is a 3.7, and the GPA of my minor (the field I want to go into) is a 3.9. Further, I am currently executing two relevant research projects which will make my application stand out. I have already decided on two of my recommendors. One is going to be my work supervisor who has known me personally and professionally for three years. I feel li
  17. Hi guys, I would love to hear some advice from you about who to ask for letter of recommendation. About Me: I worked a year in an undergrad research lab, and I started working in my current lab after I graduated 2 years ago. I'm applying to biomedical PhD programs soon for the 2018 admission cycle (Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Yale, etc.) My dilemma: Most of the programs I am going to apply to ask for three letters of recommendation, while there are four people that I want to ask! 1. My undergrad research PI, who was also my biochemistry professor - I think this makes sense bec
  18. Hello, I have a huge dilemma that I have to figure out. A professor who had informed me earlier in the summer that she would write a letter of recommendation for me changed her mind because she said she has a huge load this coming semester as in she is teaching 15 units, working her currrent job as a SLP and helping her daughter with her wedding stuff for her wedding in January. I am reapplying for Spring and Summer 2018 and she would not have a write a new letter for me. I informed her about this but she still said no. So now I am stuck. I just need her as I already have 2 others
  19. I have completed my master’s degree. I’m currently working on research projects with a professor. I may be able to get a positive letter from him addressing my research ability and potential. I am also considering one from my undergrad professor. I took his classes four times and he gave a strong letter for my MA application. I am worrying about whom I should ask for the third letter. I think that my third letter will not be strong, maybe a DWIC letter. Option 1: A big guy in the field. Took one class (got A) and got advice from him about my research paper for MA graduation requir
  20. What is an appropriate gift for Letter of Recommendation writers?? I'm planning to give them a small gift prior to decisions from schools coming in. Also, when do you plan to alert your letter of rec writers when you get decisions about admission? Do you let them know when you've made the final decision?
  21. Hello, I'm looking for some general advice on applications, letters of recommendation, etc. I graduated about 5 years ago with a Bachelor's degree in English Lit, during which I focused mostly on creative writing. After a few years regretting that choice's limitations, some wandering, lots of strange jobs, and a few personal crises, my own experiences in therapy have helped me to realize that I want to pursue a Master's in Counseling or Social Work, with an eye toward working as a mental health counselor. I understand that most programs in this field accept students who do not have
  22. Hey all - just finished with my master's and I am now applying to PhD programs in History. My question is whether I should get Letters of Rec exclusively from my thesis committee, or if I should branch outside of that. I have others that I could certainly ask, although they are all within the history department at my master's institution. Thanks for your input!
  23. Hi fellow linguophiles - I am interested applying to a PhD program in Romance Linguistics. I have already secured my 3 letter writers and the deadline is 12/8, so ~3 weeks from now. This morning I was asked by my French professor (my primary speciality is Spanish) if I had all of my letters in and he was very kind in offering support of my thesis, phd work, etc. (Unsure if this means he was offering to write letters if I wanted or what, but I digress.) Due to the nature of the program, I was thinking of asking if he wanted to be a fourth writer (the online app allows max 6, program site
  24. Hi! I plan to apply to Master's of Education programs (I have done no previous grad work), with a focus on education policy and in particular the issue of increasing the post-secondary enrollment of those from low-income groups, with a sub-focus on how post-secondary institutions can facilitate this. As an undergrad I mainly took political science and psychology classes, with very little coursework relevant to education. My interest in education is something I developed independently of organized academics and have continued to develop professionally, and now I am looking to pursue a
  25. Hello everyone, I'm attempting to apply to graduate school in the fall and I've reached a bit of a predicament. I've been working as an Audiology Assistant for a few years, and I've been out of school for a while. The requirements for the three letters of recommendation state they must come from a professor who can vouch for my abilities as a student. However, I'm 100% sure none of my old professors remember me. How do I go about obtaining quality letters of rec. from professors who don't have the time or are not willing to do so? This is literally the last piece of the puzzle
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