appying senior fall

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appying senior fall

Postby Tosh » Sun Apr 25, 2010 1:05 am

getting a letter who has never taught me before but only during senior falll is ok?

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Re: appying senior fall

Postby Quantum Triviality » Sat May 22, 2010 9:55 am

It depends on several things. Here is basically who your three letters should be from:

1. Research advisor (this is by far the most important letter)
2. Another research advisor if possible, otherwise someone who has had you for at least a semester and knows you well.
3. Pretty much anyone

So, someone you were going to have in the fall would be a three spot. However, they would be a very weak three since they won't even be able to comment about your grade in the class. So unless this professor knows you really well, I would try to find someone else.

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Re: appying senior fall

Postby grae313 » Sun May 23, 2010 9:46 pm

3. Professors of physics classes, the longer they've known you the better.

Professors of physics classes are much better to get a letter from than "pretty much anyone." Here's the deal, you can get a letter from anyone you want. You could get one from your grandmother, and it is allowed. The impact of your letters on your admissions chances, however, is going to depend on

a) how well-suited your letter writers are to evaluate your research and academic potential in graduate school (how long they've known you and in what capacity) and
b) the letter they write you.

Getting a letter from a prof that's only known you one semester will lack strength in a, but if they'll still write you a good letter and if that's the best you've got, it's better than nothing.

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