larsoner wrote:I have a question about LORs. I have been working for the last year on an independent math/stats research project with a professor at my school and at the behest of a UN organization, for whom I did an internship about a year ago. The project is finally wrapping up and I am doing the finally write-up. I can probably get the paper published in journal, but first it needs to be edited etc. etc. so I'm certainly not going to have a confirmation on publishing before Stanford (I'm a soft hold) or Harvard (I'm a hold hold) make decisions on me. I'm going to present my work at a small conference in about a month and I have maybe a couple other things to add to a resume (lined up a summer legal internship with a non-profit, have been nominated for distinction in one of my majors), but I don't know if a line on my resume about a small not competitive conference would really capture the awesomeness of actually having finally finished this research that has been eating my life for a year.
So my question. Stanford, my top choice, has an LOR from my research adviser already and I imagine it was pretty good, but if my adviser sent an updated LOR she could talk about how I've finally finished this thing. Do people send updated LORs to Stanford or Harvard? Would that be a terrible idea? Of course I could send them a letter about what I have done, but I think it would be more convincing if I didn't write it, wouldn't it? Should I just send an updated resume?
Sorry this post is so long and thanks for any advise.
I actually think it would be better coming from you in an LOCI/update. Adding a few lines to your resume wouldn't make much of a difference but explaining these accomplishments would. I've read several Deans' blog posts about not over doing it on LOR and I think it show much more effort/proactive attention on your part to write up a letter than to ask someone else to. Just my 2 cents though.
Congrats and good luck!