Letters of recommendation
- I require at least 3 weeks notice for any letter of recommendation
(but I prefer something more like 2 months advance notice). The less
notice I receive from you, the more likely it is that I will submit your
- For student asking for letter of recommendation for graduate school or undergraduate transfer applications, I require a grade of:
unless you have a really good reason for me to waive this rule. For students asking for letters for summer programs, I require a B or better.
- A or A- for students in large (100 student) lecture classes
- B+ or higher for students in smaller classes
- You must waive your right to see any letters I submit. (My personal
belief is that schools won't take my letter seriously if they know the
student has access to it.)
As most applications are now electronic, I cannot upload my letter
until you enter me as a reference into their system. You should do this
well before the deadline or risk me submitting your
- For electronic applications, be sure to use the e-mail address
firstname.lastname@example.org for my contact info. Further, fill out all
parts of the online application. Information on the math
department's address, my position's title, etc. are on my webpage.
What you should submit to me
- a list of all programs for which you need a letter along with each
separate deadline listed
- any documents you have that might help me in
writing a letter (e.g. a resume, an essay from your application, a
- a list of your other letter writers and their departments
- For paper applications, please include addressed envelopes (with postage) with my address listed as the return address.
Further, fill out all parts of the form (excluding my signature and date, of course). Information on the math department's address, my
position's title, etc. are on my webpage. Lastly, if it is possible for you to send me an electronic form which I then fill out and print myself, I would prefer this.