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Recommendation Letter Request Before you ask your professors to write letters of recommendation for you, please follow these steps: At least six weeks in advance of your deadline for submitting the letters, contact your professors in person or by e-mail to ask them if they are willing to write a letter.
Provide the professor with specific information to help them recall you and your accomplishments. Include the following in your request: Your complete name as listed in the IUP directoryplus current postal and e-mail addresses Date the letter of recommendation is due To whom the letter should be sent—name, title, and address.
If you want it sent to you, then provide a self-addressed envelope. If the recommendation is to be completed on a form, be sure you have completely filled out your part of the form.
Leave no blanks on your section of the form.
Why you need this letter—what are you applying for? Specifics about the position—needed knowledge, skills, and experience List all classes you have taken from this professor—specify course numbers, titles, semester, year, brief descriptions of projects you developed, how they might relate to your current application, and final grade.
List other kinds of work you may have done with this professor—thesis, portfolio, internship, independent study, etc.
Your current status—semester, year, planned or actual date of graduation, and current job Include a copy of your vita or resume, and still include the information above in your request.
Remember that it is unlikely that your recommender will be able to address accomplishments that he or she was not involved in with you, such as pre- or post-IUP activities, work done for other professors, or work done outside of the program.
Do not assume that your professors will agree to write a letter for you. Ask politely for a response to your request. Allow one week for the response. If the answer is yes, write a brief thank-you note. If the answer is no, contact the next person on your list. If you do not receive a response, contact the professor again with a reminder.
Higgins, As part of the prerequisites for acceptance to graduate school, the IUP honors track, etc. Would you be so kind as to write such a letter, with particular comments in regard to our past association in the honors program, an internship, coursework, conference, etc.
The deadline for submitting the letter is dateand if you are unable to provide a letter, please let me know by one week from the date of this letter. Thank you in advance for your time.You can ask for a reference with a phone call, or an email or a hard-copy letter, but either way, you'll want to write your request carefully.
Here are tips on how to ask for a reference or for a written letter of recommendation, as well as sample letters that you can use as a guideline while writing your own reference request.
Whether you are a student who needs a letter of recommendation for an application or a reference writer who is not sure how to format the letter, the following samples can help. Below, you'll find examples of academic recommendations, personal recommendations, letters asking for a recommendation and lists of references.
Craft a professional recommendation letter (or reference letter) in minutes using our free downloadable templates and samples. Our comprehensive guide covers everything from how to write a letter of recommendation to how to ask for one. When you’re approached to write a letter of recommendation, you should be flattered and hopefully excited to help your co-worker or old colleague.
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Asking a professor for a letter of recommendation can be an anxiety-producing experience. However, if you follow the protocol below, you can rest assured that your actions are professional and appropriate.