Requesting Recommendation Letters
Letters of Recommendation
- Have completed at least 1 semester of class with me -OR- be one of my advisees for at least one semester
- Earned B or higher in all classes completed with me.
- Technical positions require completion of a technical class, not CHE 395 alone
- Interacted with me in a meaningful way outside of class or through consistent class participation
To request a letter of recommendation students must:
- Submit the request in writing via email at least two weeks in advance of the deadline
- Include the following in the initial request:
- Deadline and mechanism of submission
- Up-to-date resume
- Answers to the following questions:
- Briefly describe the position or graduate program you’re applying for.
- Why are you interested in this opportunity?
- What is your ultimate career goal? How will this opportunity help you achieve that?
- What characteristics about yourself would you like me to include in the letter? Can you point to instances in the course/our advising interactions where you demonstrated those traits?
- What other experiences have you been involved in (research, internship, clubs, etc.) that are relevant to the position? What did you learn/gain from each experience?
*Since letters of recommendation for external graduate/professional programs and national scholarships are longer and require more detail, students must meet additional requirements. Please schedule a meeting and discuss with me at least 1 month prior to the deadline to see if I feel I will be able to write you a strong enough letter based on your performance and our interactions.
- Companies typically contact professional references to gain additional insight into a candidate’s personality, work ethic, and overall interpersonal skills once that candidate is under serious consideration for a position. As such, it is important that I know you well to serve as a personal reference.
- You must have interacted with me significantly outside of class for me to serve as a professional reference. Otherwise, it will be difficult for me to write a strong, specific letter.
- You must ask me first before listing me as a reference. If I agree, I will provide you with the best contact info to put in the application.