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Why those recommendation form checkboxes are meaningless

Choosing the next graduate class is one of the most important things we do besides choosing new faculty. We have a fairly typical application form with two essays by the student, three recommendations by faculty that know them, standardized test … Continue reading

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How to make your application stand out among hundreds

Who are you? What have you done? How do you compare to our metrics? Can you make it easier for us to find this out? I am getting very cranky because I am spending my weekend reading file after file … Continue reading

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Here’s why you should waive access to your letters of recommendation

Applying to graduate school or medical school is a complicated business. One important part of it is getting great letters of recommendation. It is too late this year to establish the relationships that form the basis of solid letters based … Continue reading

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A rant on letters of recommendation that include passwords and check boxes

This is the time of year we write letters of recommendation. If you have a lot of students, you may be writing a lot of letters. Each student will need several letters. We generally use the same letter for different … Continue reading

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