Letters of recommendation – Craig M. Tennenhouse, Ph.D.

Will I write you a letter of recommendation/serve as a reference for you?

Most likely, yes! As long as I’ve gotten to know you well outside of class and one of the following is true:

  1. You’ve taken multiple classes with me and done very well
  2. You’ve taken a single class, done exceptionally well
  3. You’ve worked on research with me

When I serve as a reference, I’m putting my own reputation out there in support of your potential success. If I don’t know you well enough to bet my reputation on you, then we may have an awkward conversation. Please keep this in mind before asking.

What do you need to do?

  • Send me an email with your intended program/job/experience, along with due dates for my letter
  • Include why you want to pursue the opportunity, why I’m a good reference for you, and good things I can say about you
  • Remind me what grades you received in classes with me, and which of the three options above applies to you

What next?
I need a follow-up! Let me know if you were accepted and what your plans are! This part makes me happy.