Asking a postdoctoral fellow for a recommendation, Yes/No?

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jrose5
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Asking a postdoctoral fellow for a recommendation, Yes/No?

Postby jrose5 » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:41 pm

I'm currently held at one of my top choices.

I'm thinking of sending in 2 additional LORs... including one from a postdoctoral fellow who I've worked extensively with in my lab.

Does anyone think this would be a good idea? I just wonder if they might not regard her letter too much because she's not faculty. The other person I'm thinking of asking for a LOR is faculty - I've taken a small seminar with him, and did well in the class. However, I think the postdoc would have more to say about my personal strengths.

Feedback? Thanks!!

parsi
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Re: Asking a postdoctoral fellow for a recommendation, Yes/No?

Postby parsi » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:08 pm

it couldnt hurt at this point

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fatduck
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Re: Asking a postdoctoral fellow for a recommendation, Yes/No?

Postby fatduck » Mon Mar 14, 2011 8:14 pm

i think it's fine, especially if the postdoc is your supervisor

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Dany
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Re: Asking a postdoctoral fellow for a recommendation, Yes/No?

Postby Dany » Tue Mar 15, 2011 9:26 am

In every law school admissions interview ever, admissions deans invariably recommend getting a letter from someone who knows your academic work best, regardless of position. Get the letter from the postdoc.




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