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Recommendations

Process for requesting a written or oral recommendation from me

I frequently receive requests for recommendations to accompany applications for an internship, job, graduate school, professional school, etc. To make this process more manageable for me, you must follow the process outlined here.

When applying for graduate or professional school, it is in your best interest to obtain recommendations from those instructors in whose class your performance was best.

Phone or Email Reference for Internship or Job Application

If you plan to list me as a reference for an internship or job application, you should provide me with the following materials by email:
  • List of courses taken with me, including course number, year, semester, and grade earned for each course.
  • List of employers you are applying to.
  • Recent resumé (a draft is acceptable).

Advance Notice for Written Recommendations

If you require a written recommendation, you must give me reasonable advance notice.
  • Required advance notice: one month.
  • In an emergency: two weeks.

Required Materials for Written Recommendations

You are expected to provide me with the following materials by email (where applicable):
  • DRAFT OF LETTER YOU WANT ME TO WRITE. I will start from your draft and make the letter as effective as possible. It is acceptable if the draft is still rough.
  • List of courses taken with me, including course number, year, semester, and grade earned for each course.
  • Recent résumé (a draft is acceptable).
  • Personal statement or other brief explanation of how the envisioned degree fits into your overall career plans.
  • List of schools or other organizations you are applying to, including complete addresses in case I have to mail the letters directly, and the application deadline for each organization, as well as any special instructions.
  • Where available, recommendation forms with my name, title, and complete contact information filled out.
  • Envelopes with complete addresses or names of organizations.
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