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Dr. M. Plonsky - Letters of Recommendation

Graduate schools and potential employers request letters of recommendation. These letters are extremely important and should not be treated lightly. If you would like me to provide you with a letter of recommendation, then I will need your help. For example, I will need you to fill out a Letter of Recommendation Release Form or send me an email stating the essence of what is in the Release Form (without actually signing a piece of paper). These days a lot of the steps in this process can be taken care of electronically and I am happy to go this route.

Please provide me with the following information (or as much of it as possible):

  1. Contact information for you. That is, name, current address, phone number(s) and email address.
  2. Tell me about the letter(s). Fill in the table and make it bigger if necessary. Each letter you need should occupy a row. Please give me at least a weeks notice for the writing of a letter.

    Date due Type of program/job Address Contact person

  3. A copy of your transcripts (DPR)
  4. A copy of your vita/resumé.
  5. If any of the schools or jobs to which you are applying request a statement of purpose or goals from you, provide me with a copy. If you want constructive criticism of this statement, let me know.
  6. Stamped, addressed envelopes for any letter(s) to be sent. My return address is my address at the university. Attach any forms which must be completed to the appropriate envelopes. Make sure to fill out and sign any relevant portions of these forms. If doing this electronically, send me the forms as a PDF or JPG file.
  7. Answers to the following questions:
    When did we first meet?
    What classes did you have with me and what grades did you receive in them?
    In what other capacity did we interact? (e.g. where you my advisee, did you take an independent study with me, did you serve as a teaching assistant, etc.)
  8. Any standardized test scores that are available, for example, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  9. Some programs have websites were I have to logon and fill out some forms. If so, you will need to provide me with the relevant information to enable me to do it.
  10. Information regarding your academic achievement including your GPA, major(s) and minor(s), academic strengths and weaknesses, the relationship between your academic preparation and the program or job for which you are applying.
  11. Information about your non-academic background, including jobs, hobbies, sports, community work, political or social involvements, semester abroad, travel, etc.
  12. Any other information that you believe might help me to write you a strong letter.

If you would like additional guidance on the package you are preparing for your application, I am willing to help out. Lastly, if I write you a letter, I would like for you to keep me posted on the outcome of your graduate program or job search.

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Last update 11/2012.