How to ask for a letter of recommendation from Katy
Get the best letter of reference from me.
Listing me as a reference
I would prefer that you do not list me as a reference unless you have asked me first whether I would be willing to support your application.
Who I will write for
I am very happy to write a letter of reference for most people who:
- took at least one course from me
- worked in my research group
- collaborated with me or my research group
- or interacted with me in some other way relevant to the application
In all cases, I consider letter writing an exercise in integrity. I seek to be simultaneously as honest and generous as possible. Given this, please use your judgement, based on our past interactions, about whether I would be a good reference. If you are unsure about what kind of letter I would write for you, perhaps I am the wrong choice of reference.
If you’re ok with all of this, please write me a pleasant formal email indicating that you have read this information:
- Please make your request well in advance (at least a few weeks) before it will be due.
- Please don’t forget to write a professional email.
I’m going to need some information. Most importantly, if I don’t see you on a daily basis, please remind me how we know one another. Please also provide:
- your up-to-date CV or resume,
- a list of where the letters will go,
- ideally with links to descriptions of those positions,
- and the due dates for the references.
- Will they call me or ask for a letter via email?
- Why do you think you are a good candidate?
- Are there any specific guidelines for the letter?
For grad school, scholarship, or academic job market applications, in particular, I could be helped by:
- Any relevant application material (e.g. research statement, teaching statement, statement of intent)
- A reminder about any particular feature of you or your work that you are hoping I will address.