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Need a letter?

Students and RAs, do you need a letter of recommendation?  Take a few minutes to get organized, so that you can approach me or any other recommender in a way that minimizes work for all involved.  ("I need a letter of rec by Friday.  Help?" sent from your mobile device is not a good start.)

What is required for a letter?  My colleague Kim Yi Dionne has written a helpful blog post about how students should approach the letter of recommendation process.  Rather than re-invent the wheel here, I simply request that students read it before requesting a letter from me.  My policies generally align with hers.

She links to a form that she has students fill out.  I don't need a form, but I do need all of that information.