NewEmpiric Posted October 18, 2010 Share Posted October 18, 2010 I'm applying to psychology/cognitive neuroscience programs this fall. I was hoping that people might be able to offer some advice on choosing a final Letter of Recommendation writer. I already have 2 lined up, one from a Psych professor that I work for (the PI of my current lab) and a computer science professor that I've been working/publishing with. Both should be excellent LORs. I need to choose my third and have 2 main options: 1) Another psychology professor. She has written a recommendation for me in the past, and offered to write any others that I might need now that I'm applying to PhD programs. That is, she thinks I'm a great student and wants to write one. Pros: She's enthusiastic about me. She knows that I'm a good student (I took an undergrad class with her). She's a professor. Cons: She only knows me as a student. No research with her and she knows very little about my skill set. 2) A former manager/mentor. I worked in marketing analytics for a number of years, and this person trained me to use most of the data analytics tools that I currently know like SAS and SQL. She also taught me techniques like regression, etc. Though she's not an academic, she does have a PhD in psych from a top 30 psychology program. Pros: She knows me very, very well, so the LOR could speak to my personal character. She knows my abilities with stats/analytics. It will be a very enthusiastic LOR. Cons: She's not a professor. Thoughts on who I should ask? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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