sakurai wrote:Hi! I'm new to the forum.
I'm currently doing research, officially, under the supervision of a professor, but unofficially, I'm actually working with a postdoc/junior research scientist at my University. I actually don't ever meet my professor, and I don't think he even is aware of the technical part of my research, since my postdoc is not working directly under her group. H only provides funding for me.
I was wondering, since graduate school admission relies heavily on letters of recommendation, can I submit one from the postdoc instead? Is it advisable to do so? I think he'll have a good idea of my abilities, since we meet weekly and debug a lot of problems together.
gobalicious wrote:One of my three recs was from a postdoc and I still got into "top 10" schools. Clout will help you, but lack of it will not hurt you as long as you show solid research experience. Most recommenders will be unknown to the committee anyway. My view of recs is that they are used to confirm the qualities presented in the app and discover any negative traits that might not show up in the app. My guess is that a well-written postdoc rec is more valuable than a hastily written one by a professor who isn't too familiar with you.
admissionprof wrote: If someone has been a postdoc at a major lab or top ten school, and can compare the applicant with other undergraduates who have gone on and done well, I don't care about the rank. I probably haven't heard of 90% of the professorial letter-writers, so fame isn't that critical (except in extreme cases, of course). It shouldn't be your main letter, of course, but for discussion of your contribution to a research project it's ok.
a1613395 wrote:Thanks to admissionprof for weighing in on this. Unless others has also served on an admissions committees, I'm pretty sure most of us can't say what schools actually care about.
tady wrote:a1613395 wrote:midwestphysics wrote:So take EVERYTHING here as suggestions.
Haha. Thank you Captain Obvious!
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