Letters of Recommendation for PhD Applicants

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Tips for submitting the best letters of recommendation

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Submit the number of recommendations that is requested.

Select academic/professional references, not personal/social ones, including:

  • research advisors
  • summer program mentor
  • undergraduate academic advisors

Ask the recommenders to meet with you beforehand, if possible.

Give your recommenders a copy of your personal statement and CV so that they know what your plans are.

Emphasize to recommenders how important a strong letter of recommendation is to your application

Give them as much time as possible so they can write a substantive letter.

Follow-up with the schools and the recommenders before the deadline, to make sure that the letters were submitted and received.

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