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Letter of recommendation


A couple of months ago I found out about a $4000 scholarship with very narrow eligibility requirements that I fit.  Unfortunately, I found out about it the day before the deadline.  I emailed the scholarship contact and they said, yes, turn it in late.  The scholarship required 3 recommendations.  My two research mentors normally write me recommendations and another professor writes for me when I need a third letter.  All of them were wonderful when I asked for the recommendation on such short notice.  Then my third recommender dropped off the face of the earth.

So, I missed the late deadline.  And probably missed out on $4000.  I know that professors are incredibly busy, but I wish my third recommender had told me he was too busy instead of agreeing to write the letter and then ignoring me.  It’s been 3 weeks and he still hasn’t gotten back to me – even after I politely emailed him and let him know that I’d missed the deadline and no longer needed a letter.

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  1. does your school have a dossier service? it might be worth asking at career services. that way you can have three or so ‘general’ rec letters on file that can be sent out with asking your recommender again directly, for precisely these emergencies.

    crossing fingers for your presentation.

    • I don’t know if they do – but that’s a great idea! I will definitely find out. And thanks for the luck – my presentation went well!

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