Can Postdocs give reccommendations?

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rohit
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Can Postdocs give reccommendations?

Postby rohit » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:13 am

Can postdocs give reccos? I did a project with a post doc, but wont a Prof's recco count for more? Or will they expect one from my postdoc guide? I will be getting one from a Prof i am currently doing research with.

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Re: Can Postdocs give reccommendations?

Postby admissionprof » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:39 am

Absolutely. Often letters from postdocs are much more valuable. When I was a postdoc, I effectively supervised a graduate student, and my letter for his/her postdoc application was his/her most important (although once we were both applying for the same job, so it was a bit awkward). But for graduate school. I see no problem, as long as you have other letters from faculty.

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Re: Can Postdocs give reccommendations?

Postby rohit » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:45 am

admissionprof wrote:Absolutely. Often letters from postdocs are much more valuable. When I was a postdoc, I effectively supervised a graduate student, and my letter for his/her postdoc application was his/her most important (although once we were both applying for the same job, so it was a bit awkward). But for graduate school. I see no problem, as long as you have other letters from faculty.


Ok, thanks :) . And if i dont have one from him (he's in a different town and all that ) will it be looked down upon? As i said i will be having one from a prof i am doing research with.

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Re: Can Postdocs give reccommendations?

Postby admissionprof » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:48 am

rohit wrote:
admissionprof wrote:Absolutely. Often letters from postdocs are much more valuable. When I was a postdoc, I effectively supervised a graduate student, and my letter for his/her postdoc application was his/her most important (although once we were both applying for the same job, so it was a bit awkward). But for graduate school. I see no problem, as long as you have other letters from faculty.


Ok, thanks :) . And if i dont have one from him (he's in a different town and all that ) will it be looked down upon? As i said i will be having one from a prof i am doing research with.


It probably won't be looked down on, but I'd get one anyway. It certainly won't hurt.




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