Students Requesting Recommendation Letters

Choosing me as a reference:

I am happy to write letters of recommendation for students who did well in one of my courses, worked with me as a teaching fellow or research assistant, or have me as an advisor or committee member. In general, a recommendation letter should be written by someone who knows you and your work well. Make sure that I am the right person to write your letter. I will tell you if I cannot write you a strong letter.

Requesting the letter:

If you decide to request a letter from me, please email me at least two weeks before the deadline. In this email, include the date the letter is due and submission method (i.e. hard copy or electronic). I will let you know as soon as I can if I will be able to complete the letter on time. With your email, please include the following attachments:  

  • a brief description of the fellowship, grant, or job you are applying for, including any specific instructions they give for letters of recommendation
  • current curriculum vitae
  • a brief memo describing how long I have known you and in what capacity, as well as your accomplishments or other information I should be aware of as I write the letter
  • the personal statement and/or proposal you are submitting as part of your application

Follow-up communication:

Please send me a short reminder email one week before the deadline. If you require a hard copy of the letter in a signed and sealed envelope, we can arrange by email how and where you will pick up the letter. Typically, I will leave it for you with my faculty assistant, Melanie Reeves (Larsen 509).