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Policy on Letters of Recommendation

 

This information is for students requesting a letter of recommendation from Dr. de la Torre in the Department of Biology at San Francisco State University. Please note that this information does not reflect the official requirements for SFSU faculty.

 

It is essential that you allow sufficient time for preparing the letter.
Please contact me a minimum of ONE MONTH BEFORE the letter deadline.

 


 

For letters of recommendation, please provide the following information:

  1. Complete name of school (or scholarship program) to which you are applying
  2. Complete mailing address for letter of recommendation (an addressed envelope with sufficient postage would be appreciated--see format for envelope here)
  3. Complete name of school (or scholarship program) to which you are applying
  4. Complete mailing address for letter of recommendation (an addressed envelope with sufficient postage would be appreciated--see format for envelope here)
  5. Form(s) to be sent with letter.  In some cases, the school/scholarship program has a form or template for submitting the letter of recommendation.
  6. Signed form waiving your access to letter of recommendation (if applicable).  If you do not waive your right to access, the letter of recommendation is considered not confidential and may be discounted by evaluators at the recipient institution.
  7. A copy of your unofficial transcript
  8. A copy of your personal statement to be submitted to the school (or scholarship program). I am looking for an explanation of your career goals or type of job or graduate school you hope to enter if this is not included in your  personal statement.
  9. Your contact information (address, day and night telephone numbers indicating acceptable contact hours, your e-mail address--in case I need additional information). If you were a student in my class, please indicate the specific details (class, semester, and grade received)
  10. If you are using a campus letter writing service, all relevant information and forms
  11. Specific deadlines for receipt of the letter (or when you will be picking up the letter)

 

You must meet with me to discuss aspects of your academic performance or other characteristics that will help strengthen your letter of recommendation.  Be aware that a letter for entry into a medical school will emphasize different aspects of your academic performance compared to a letter for a scholarship program.

 

If you are requesting more than five letters at one time, you should have all the information available in an electronic format (e-mail, zip disk, or CD in a text document)

 

Even if I have written a letter for you before, it is a good idea to provide all of this information again (so that we do not lose time looking for the previous information)

 

REMEMBER that you should REMIND me (by e-mail, is fine) about the letter approximately one week before the deadline.

 


 

Information for students who are requesting a letter of recommendation

   Swarthmore College-How to request a letter of recommendation

   Career Center-UC Berkeley Graduate School Letters of Recommendation

   Requesting a letter of recommendation

   Career Center-UC Berkeley Letters of Recommendation from A to Z

   All about letters of recommendation

   How to get good letters of recommendation

   letters of recommendation

 


 

Information for people writing letters of recommendation

   University of Michigan Career Center Letters of Recommendation Writing Guide

   Humboldt State Career Center Letters of Recommendation Tips

   Bok Center for Teaching & Learning:  Guide for Teaching Fellows on Writing Letters

   Ten tips for recommenders

   Writing a letter of recommendation

   How to write a recommendation letter

   A few tips on how to write a letter of recommendation

 


 

Format for stamped and addressed envelope:

(Leave the return address blank)


 

 


 

General disclaimer:

The URLs listed are for information only and do not reflect endorsement of any commercial properties associated with the listed web pages.

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