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  1. Hello! This is kind of a strange situation and I was hoping to get some other people's opinions about what might be going on. I am applying to PhD a second time this coming fall, and I was hoping to re-use one of previous rec letters. Between the first application cycle and this upcoming cycle, I graduated undergrad and did more research. The letter I'm re-using is from someone who was essentially my undergraduate advisor and has known me for a few years, so I believe this would be a really strong letter to include again. However, I'm having a hard time getting in touch with the aforementioned undergraduate advisor. In the past year, I sent a few emails hoping to catch up and to tie up some loose ends with work that I did during undergrad. They replied to my first email and suggested we catch up sometime, but have since gone silent on my follow up emails (which have spanned over half a year). I have not yet formally asked them to be my letter writer again in emails, but I'm wondering if I should still ask this person to be my letter writer again given the silence. Am I being paranoid/is this professor just busy, or is this a hint that they are no longer enthusiastic about being my letter writer/keeping in touch? I'm pretty stumped because I thought I left undergrad on a high note, and I can't think of anything egregious that I've done that would explain the silence. At this point I'm just praying they'll reply as I don't want to bother them further with my emails (and the later request to be my letter writer again). Additionally, I fear that if they do reply, there's a risk that the letter will be lukewarm as I don't know what caused the silence. Should I politely ask if they still feel comfortable being a letter writer, or stop pursuing this? What would you do? Thanks!
  2. Hi folks! I am new to this forum, so please feel free to correct me if I make any mistake here So I am trying to apply for a graduate program from EPFL, and it is stated in the requirements for recommendation letters that 'The recommendation letters must be issued by professors who are well aware of your work and qualities.' Does this imply that the academies I request for LoR must hold a Prof. title? Or could it be any academy who is willing to write me a LoR from my uni.? It might sound like a silly question, but I am totally not familiar with the European education system. So any help will be really appreciated
  3. TL;DR: All of my three referees have asked me to provide a draft of my recommendation letter, and I'm freaking out that this might compromise the credibility of my LoRs *facepalm* Full version: I'm an international applicant for phd programs in neuroscience / biomedical sciences / biomedical engineering. Two of my referees are PIs from my university, where professors usually ask students to draft their own LoR before revising it slightly if at all and handing it in. The problem is, the third referee is a professor from a nice university in USA (where I did my summer research), and even he has asked me to draft my own LoR. I am extremely worried that if/when the admissions committee see that all three of my LoRs are basically written by myself, they would deem my LoRs untrustworthy, and my applications this year would be doomed. If anyone has some good tips on how to make my letter drafts more credible / look less like random letters written by a student, I would greatly appreciate it That said, I suspect that I'll have to look for RA positions in case I am rejected by every school I apply to this year *facepalm* Thanks in advance!
  4. Hey fellow students! I have a question about Rec Letters. This would be my 3rd time applying for grad school. Aah i know it is an emotionally exhausting process life happens. Anyways, my question is this means i would have to ask my professors for the 3rd time to write me a letter. I kind of feel shy/kind of anxious and embarrassed about asking them 3rd time around. Is it ok to ask your professor to send in the letter for 3rd time? thank you,
  5. Hello everyone,This is my first post on gradcafe. I'm trying to omit as much identifying details as I can, so I apologize in advance if this is confusing or lengthy. I got admission into the PhD program at the same university I attended for undergraduate. This was originally my "safety" option, and the mentor/adviser is someone I've worked closely with during my undegrad research years. I haven't gotten any interview offers for any of the other schools I applied to, and I'm starting to worry that I won't get in anywhere else. I could just take this admission, but I'm struggling to feel confident about this decision... for 2 reasons: 1. I'm not completely sure that I want to do this JUST this specific concentration of my discipline anymore. Basically, I've been trying to choose between 2 concentrations of my major, and my school only offers an official program for one of them. Which means there's no possibility for me to pursue the secondary interest in any capacity, whether it's through a second mentor or through applied work (as there is no dedicated department for it). The other schools I applied to have both of these concentrations as many people study an intersection of both. I was hoping to study in this intersection, or at least leave room for myself to do collaborative work that touches on both subjects.2. I feel that I wasn't well prepared to apply to grad school this cycle. I spread myself thin across many applications, and across several disciplines of my major. I think I ultimately didn't know what I wanted to research, and only realized it when I found myself in a circumstance where I couldn't have certain research topics as an option for my PhD. I feel that if I spent more time researching the programs and PIs early on, I would have been able to craft a much better application to the schools that I really wanted to go to. That, and taking the next year to do more research and applied work. I didn't contact PIs early and do the homework months ahead as many successful applicants have. I should've just narrowed down what I wanted to research and worked really hard on a handful of applications.These apprehensions are pretty fundamental to my career trajectory so I feel that I should turn it down and reapply to my dream programs next year. However, I'm concerned about turning down my adviser as I will need their recommendation letter again next year when I go through the application cycle again. Like I mentioned, I have worked with them intimately for the past years and they wrote my strongest recommendation letter. I'm sure they'll use a similar letter again, but I would still have to go through the motions of asking them whether they'd be willing to be my letter writer again. I feel like I have justified reasons for turning down the admission, but I'm scared that it will be awkward between me and them if I turn it down considering I'm not doing for another immediate acceptance. Should I be concerned, or am I worrying unnecessarily? I'm racking my brain trying to figure out what to do because I am genuinely interested in this PI's research and this concentration of my major in general. I thought I would be okay with doing this program if I had been rejected by programs with more interdisciplinary emphasis, but I guess I was wrong. I also don't want to burn any bridges or hurt any feelings. Thanks in advance, and sorry about the super long post.
  6. I know grad schools usually need three recommendation letters, and I think I have a good three from my department lined up (I haven't asked yet though!). However, I could also add a 4th one, as the professor offered to write me one (more as a character reference though, and not really speaking to academics/research) - is that okay and not overkill? Some more info: the 4th recommender is outside of my university (and outside of my field), but he is a fairly recent Nobel Laureate and is a well-respected researcher in his field! Thanks very much!
  7. I'm applying to several German schools for a master's program in economics. Most of the universities only accept one letter of recommendation so I'm faced with a dilemma. I've already asked both professors and both have agreed to write letters of recommendation for me. My one professor has taught me German for at least six semesters. We have such a great relationship that she asked me for a letter of recommendation a year ago. The problem, of course, is that she taught me a subject other than the subject, economics, that I'm studying in graduate school. My other professor has only taught me one course in economics, but is very friendly and positive as well as the dean of economics at my university. I'm not an outgoing student though, so I don't know him very well. He called me a good student when I went to ask him and said he was delighted to write a L.o.R.. So my dilemma is whether I should have my German professor, who knows me very well and would definitely write a very positive recommendation, or my economics professor, who doesn't know me as well, write my letters of recommendation for the universities that only accept one letter of recommendation. What are your opinions? Does the enthusiasm of the recommendation or the relevance of the professor to the field matter more?
  8. my professor said in his recommendation letter he has to write that i have a history of not completing courses. he said it is necessary and that because of it they will take the recommendation more seriously. he said he would not dwell on it and focus on discussing my excellent work, essays, and presentations. he told me to dicuss reasons for some incompletes on my transcripts. now im scared...my gpa is a 3.5 but ive had to retake some courses. my mother was ill and i was away from school alot and had to drop some courses or i failed them... i plan to address this in my statement. does anyone have any advice? is this going to seriously jeopordize my chances? my SOP is good and so is my writing sample...
  9. Hi! I am trying to get LORs from 3 professors, but I am wondering whether I need to submit my applications. I searched websites and many of universities are sending "how to proceed an online LOR" or similar emails automatically right after I enter their email addresses ( + etc information) and save. Does it mean professors can send(write) their LORs whenever they get this email? Also, if true, that means I don't have to submit my online application for LORs, right? Thank you for answers!
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