Robert Phillips cultural

Current Students

Letters of recommendation

I am happy to write letters of recommendation for current and former students. Before asking me for a letter, ask yourself the following questions: 

  1. How well do I know this professor? Have I interacted with him before or after class meetings? 
  2. Have I talked to him about my possible academic/professional goals before asking for a letter?
  3. Is this professor the best possible recommender for the program/scholarship/internship to which I am applying? 
  4. Will this professor write me a “good” letter of recommendation? 

In order for me to write the best possible letter, please supply the following:

  1. The name of the program/scholarship/internship to which you are applying, along with a brief description. 
  2. The name and title of the person who will receive the letter (if possible). Having a person to address the letter to is much better than simply “To Whom It May Concern.”
  3. The due date for the recommendation. 
  4. The mailing address for a hard copy letter or the web address for a digital letter. 
  5. The reference form, if applicable.
  6. Your personal statement that goes with the application, if applicable. 
  7. The most recent copy of your resume/CV.

Please keep in mind that writing a good letter of recommendation takes time and the sooner you get me the above materials, the better.

Lastly – keep me updated as to the status of your application(s); if I am going to take the time to write a letter on your behalf, I am definitely interested in hearing about your progress. 

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