I take writing letters of
recommendation very seriously. I will not write a letter unless I
can write you a good one! It is important to talk with me ahead
of time to make sure I can write you a good letter.
Keep in mind that graduate schools and summer
experiences are highly competitive. Your chances of getting into
graduate school or a summer research experience decrease greatly if
your G.P.A. is below 3.2, or if your mathematics and physics grades are
not mostly A's and B's. A low GPA and math and physics grades can
be mitigated if you have shown dediction and an apptitude for research.
What you need to provide to me:
If I am going to write a good letter for you, you need to provide
information to me to use. After talking with me and getting my
approval, I will need you to:
1. Download this PDF
fill it out, and bring it to my office.
2. For graduate school references I also need you to write a
first draft of your letter and send it to me electronically. I do
this not because I am lazy, but because I need to have an idea as to
your writing ability, since this is a question that is frequently asked
by graduate schools.