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  1. 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 options are a little limited and I'm torn between two people to ask. My options for my third LOR are: 1) My advisor for my Spanish major, who I think would write me a strong LOR. I've had several classes with her and I've done well in them, and we've developed a good relationship outside of the classroom. While still able to attest to my academic strengths, I'm worried that the letter won't hold the same weight as letters from in-field faculty. However, I'm interested in working with multicultural/bilingual populations and feel like having some one who can talk about my Spanish abilities from first-hand experience could help me stand out. 2) A teacher I am currently taking a class with for the first time this semester. I feel like I'd only get a generic LOR, but she's at least in the Speech Path department? I also really enjoy her class, actively participate in discussion, activities, etc. which will maybe help me stand out to her by the time I need the letter. The class is my capstone and for part of it I get to be a clinical assistant in my school's speech clinic, so if I do well I feel like she'd be able to talk about my ability as a potential future clinician. 3) e-mailing one of the adjunct professors I've had and asking for a LOR. It'd definitely be a little generic but it'd also be in field. Idk at this point if there's a "better" option, or if I'm just overthinking the entire thing. I apologize for how long this is lol. I'd really appreciate a fresh perspective on the issue!
  2. 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 was also my thesis supervisor. I am still working closely with her right now on publishing results of a project to which I contributed. I have gotten really strong LOR from her previously for my MA and scholarship applications. 2) Another professor from my graduate program. She taught two of my courses, where I did okay in the fall-term one (mid 80s) and better in my winter-term one (low 90s). I did really well on both of my final papers, but not so well on presentations (she has pretty high standards and presentations are definitely not my forte). Overall, I have a sense that she doesn't think of me as one of her top students. My first instinct was to ask my option 1 for the LOR, but she replied with the advice that reviewers of applications would expect more recent assessments of my graduate work. This has led me to question my choice - any thoughts/advice on who I should choose as my second reference?
  3. Number of LORs

    Hello Everyone, Quick question: Do most Education PhD applicants submit more than 3 references? I've just started a few of the applications and saw that most programs allow up to 6 letters to be submitted. Would it be a bit of a stretch to submit all six reference letters if you are sure they'd all be great? Like, would committees and professors just think you have no foresight and or manners? For example: Brief profile: Top 5 QS world ranked university, 4 years of work in international education immediately after undergrad Professor from alma mater (required) Overseas volunteer program director/professor (required) Teaching colleague (required) Outside professor whom I've done independent research with (supplemental) Outside professor who invited me into his research committee (supplemental) President of a well-funded non-profit organization whom I've worked extensively with (supplemental) Thanks in advance~
  4. 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 like she can speak to my abilities as a professional, and her letter will nicely complement those of two professors. Another letter will be from a professor in my major with whom I took two classes and received A's in (I selected him because he's very, very nice and I think he would say wonderful things about anyone). It is my final letter which I am struggling with. I need this letter to come from someone in the department which I intend to pursue my master's in (the one I am minoring in). Unfortunately, I feel like I haven't been able to develop strong relationships with these professors as I have only taken 1 class with any of them, and their main focus is with graduate students so there are no research or teacher's aide opportunities with them. Two years ago, I took two classes with the same professor in the department and got A's in both. I participated a lot in class and did quite well, but I feel as though by now she will have forgotten me. Also, there is a professor that is my advisor and is also the advisor of the club I am president for, but she's never taught me in a course and is only now beginning to get to know me. In general, I feel like I am a very independent learner and have not cultivated strong enough relationships with any professors to get particularly good letters of recommendation. Has anyone else been in a similar situation, and what have you done to overcome it? Thank you so much for your input!
  5. 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 because he could speak to my performance in a class environment as well as a research environment, although I stopped working with him two years ago and since then my research abilities have greatly enhanced, so he probably does not have the most up-to-date information about me. 2. My current research PI - He definitely makes sense because he is a big name in the immunology/immunotherapy field, and I have worked for him for 2 years now. During this time, I started a research project from the ground up and wrote a manuscript as the primary author; this project has now also gained a lot of industrial interest, so it is rapidly expanding in scope. Therefore, I think he would be able to provide quite strong recommendation for me. 3. Another PI - he is relatively junior (assistant professor), but still a faculty member. I have worked with him very closely in the past year when I was writing my manuscript. I believe he can speak well to my research abilities. 4. My immediate supervisor in my current lab (non faculty member) - I work with her closely and she can certainly speak about my research abilities and personality/work ethic. I would say she knows me quite well personally. So I think #1 and #2 are obvious choices, but I am struggling to choose between #3 and #4. #3 is a PI/faculty member so his letter might carry more weight? He is a junior faculty member though so I don't know how much of a difference it makes. #4 is my current supervisor and she thinks quite highly of me. However, she is not a PI/faculty member so is this less ideal? I would feel a bit weird though bypassing her and asking #3 for recommendation. What do you guys think?
  6. 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 who said yes. I have to find someone else and quick. I have one other professor in mind but I got a B in her class. So does the grade matter when asking a professor for a LOR? Or should I just ask professors that I got A's in their class? And do the LORs to be from Communication Disorders professors only? I received an A in a developmental psychology class which fulfills one of the pre-requisites that some schools are asking for. Thank you
  7. 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 requirement. Last year, I talked to him about PhD application and asked for a rec letter (This was time before completing the research paper). He said his letter wouldn’t be that helpful because he may not be able to tell much about my research ability because we didn’t do research together but he could write the letter only based on my class performance. He suggested me to do research if possible. I followed his advice. My concern is a DWIC letter from a big name may hurt my application. Considering his previous response that his letter wouldn’t be helpful, should I not ask him for a letter? Option 2: Took two class (got As). The professor is from another field. I asked questions pretty many times but class size was big and there were no class projects and only exams. It may be DWIC letter. Which one is the better option? Will it be okay that not all three letters are strong?
  8. 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 an undergrad for a letter, and have been volunteering with Planned Parenthood and am considering asking the volunteer coordinator for a letter. I'm not sure what else to do though. I don't really have any strong relationships with professors, and they all taught engineering. I did really well in an unrelated class (history/women's studies) and might reach out to that professor, but at least it might show some academic progress? I don't know, I'm kind of at a loss and I don't want to leave this off until right before I'm ready to submit applications. With 2 years or so, that gives me some time to rectify this issue and I would appreciate any suggestions or comments.
  9. Gift for LOR writer???

    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?
  10. 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 a Bachelor's in a directly related field, but I'm wondering what I should focus on in order to be a competitive applicant. I've gotten pretty good at selling my Bachelor's degree as having imbued me with powerful critical thinking skills, and have gotten a few jobs on the basis of my writing ability, but I'm new to the grad school thing and I'm not sure how to sell what feels to me like a career change. I think I can use my personal experiences with therapy to make a pretty compelling case in a personal statement for why I want to take this path and why I would be right for it. But one thing I'm really unsure about is letters of recommendation. I didn't take any psychology classes in undergrad, and most of the professors and instructors that jump out in my mind as people who would happily write me a letter are creative writing instructors, and I'm not sure how relevant their letters would seem to the programs I'm applying for. Any advice on how to frame myself as a competitive candidate (and especially who I might consider asking for letters of recommendation) would be much appreciated! Thanks!
  11. Letters of Rec - Thesis Committee?

    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!
  12. More than 3 letter writers?

    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 says "three"), since he is a French professor that can speak to my abilities in French and not just Spanish, and one of my writers only knows my skills in English linguistics. Do you think it could help or hurt the application to ask? And is it within an appropriate amount of time, or even warranted after our talk? Disclosure - I read fuzzylogician's post on this in the LOR section, which was helpful for sure, but since this is more language-specific I was wondering if the suggestions were different? Thanks!
  13. 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 Master's of Education. I have chosen two letter of recommendation writers who I believe are well suited to the task, but I need one more and am struggling to find a suitable writer. Pretty much every professor (I already have a professional reference) either taught me in something unrelated to education and/or had essentially no involvement with assessing my work (the joys of huge class sizes). This leaves me in a tough spot, and I'm wondering if anyone could give me their opinion as to which of the options (listed with some pros and cons) sounds best. 1. A professor of a childhood and adolescence psychology course I took -I finished first in the class (120+ people) -Loosely tied to education in that we talked about how cognitive abilities change from birth to adolescence, as well as how this impacts learning (this is one of the professor's interests). -I had very little contact with the professor (all assignments marked by TA). Our conversation was limited to brief discussions about the material on exams and an error that resulted in incorrect final marks originally being assigned to each person in the case. 2. A professor of a policy making course I took -I got a high A, though I was not first in the class (about 45 people) as was the case with the above course -We discussed certain attempts at K-12 education reform in the US, although this wasn't a major part of the course and no assignments were tied to this. The professor also got their PHD from one of my goal schools. -TA marked most work. I had more discussion with the professor in this course than the above course, but don't feel that I came across as particularly impressive. 3. A professor of a history course I took -I earned an A+ in this course and what was supposed to be an 8 page term paper turned into a 36 page pager with the instructor's permission (the paper discussed the role of formal education in shaping the ideologies of civil rights leaders, though the focus of the paper was broader than education). Following the course they sent me an email suggesting that I look into honors history programs. -On the other hand, I took this course about 6/7 years ago and it was a first year course (one of my LOR is already coming from someone I only took a 200 level course with) 4. A professor who I took two political science courses with (intro to comparative politics and the politics of immigration) -A+ in both classes and the professor knows me the best out of any of these options. They actually wrote me a letter a few years back for another program; admissions results were solid, though I eventually chose not to pursue that. -Material was, for the most part, not tied to education (their interests are in immigration policy), but there was minor discussion in one course about how early education outcomes have a long lasting and pervasive impact. -Professor has a reserved personality (I don't know if this is at all linked to how highly they praise students in LOR) and I worry that they may be annoyed that I'm now asking them for a new letter to a different program.
  14. Letters of Recommendation

    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 and any insights you may have would be appreciated. Thanks!
  15. I'm in a bit of a fix. It seems a school I applied to called one of my referees and instead of asking for her asked for me! The person who answered the call obviously thought it was a mistake and told the caller that no one by my name was available at that number. The caller neither stated where she was calling from, nor did she leave a message so I don't know which school it was. Has anyone ever faced such a situation in the past? I'd really appreciate some pointers on how to deal with this! Many thanks.
  16. Hey everyone! I've applied to an accelerated School Counseling Program at John Hopkins University, so the deadline for all application materials to be submitted is February 1, 2012. I'm anxious because 2 of my professors have yet to submit their letters! I've reminded both of them today, and will do so again if they don't send them by next week. Because the teachers are writing the letters so last minute, I am slightly concerned about how great the letters will be. My GPA is 3.75, and I am curious about how much weight is put into letters of recommendation if GPA is decent.
  17. I will be applying to Master of Planning programs as an international student in the next month. I requested two out of three of my letters of recommendation well in advance from people who can speak directly to my skills and abilities, however, I was unsure about the third letter until recently. I finally decided to ask one of the few people that work in the Planning profession in my country, who also happens to be a family friend. I have been receiving advice from him regarding graduate study and specific professional aspirations of mine for the past two years. Having said that, I have not had the opportunity to work under him. Did I make the right decision in choosing my last recommender for what he has to say about my commitment and potential in his field of work or should I have chosen someone else I have worked under? Help please!!