nechalo Posted November 6, 2011 Share Posted November 6, 2011 (edited) I first took this professor's class which I received an A in. I got to know him from going to office hours a lot. He offered the research position without me even asking for it. I worked in his lab for 6 months. Everything went pretty well and the research was presented by me and another undergrad at two undergraduate research forums. It's not a research area I'm particularly interested in pursuing further but still a great experience and important part of my background and application, since universities love any prior research experience/presentation of research. After the first quarter (3 months), he personally asked me to come back for another. But the next quarter, he didn't. He said his grad students said I missed 3 weeks which was not acceptable. I replied with the reasons why I missed those weeks (bad flu, interviews, and end of quarter group projects and finals; every absence I had informed the grad students ahead of time with my apologies and offering to reschedule, however they weren't great at getting back to me. I forwarded him the e-mails with my response.) He never responded to that e-mail. I also asked him if we could meet to talk about grad school and if he could recommend anywhere/anyone to look into but he never really made himself available. I asked him if he could provide a (strong) letter of recommendation several months later and he agreed to write a letter. I'm really worried, however, that he's not very happy with me. The absence thing certainly wasn't a great thing (was a very bad quarter for me, but the missed time is not defining of my work ethic). Or maybe he sensed that I wasn't absolutely crazy about the research area. He's a sort of guy of very few words so it's hard to read him. I've had offers of LOR from a couple of other people which could replace his, but both of them are further from my intended research area than the prof in question. Personally, I think this prof is a great candidate based on most of my prior experience with him but I'm still worried. I've considered e-mailing him again, saying something like if you feel any less than comfortable in writing a strong and accurate letter you are free to pass on this task; you've already provided a lot of help for me... What do you think? Edited November 6, 2011 by nechalo Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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