Asking for letters of recommendation by email?
August 17, 2012 1:32 AM Subscribe
Thinking about applying to graduate school while living off-campus-- when and how to ask for letters?
posted by stoneandstar to education (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I've seen a few questions that have addressed my separate concerns, but couldn't find one that addressed them in conjunction. Namely, I'm currently finishing my undergrad degree, graduating at the end of the summer. One professor graciously offered to write me a letter at the conclusion of her class one year ago. There are two other professors I would like to ask, for myriad reasons. However, I've permanently moved 1000 miles away from campus. One of the professors (my advisor) recently helped me complete my senior capstone project, and I'm at this moment writing him a (short) letter of gratitude for his help.
So my basic questions are:
1) Is it alright to ask for a letter by e-mail? (I'm thinking yes, if done properly.) Should I be short and sweet about it? Should I ask now, even though I won't be applying for another year?
2) Should I ask for a letter in the same email as the note of gratitude to my advisor? At first I assumed that would be tacky, but then I thought it might save him time and organization if I were direct about it now, while my project is still a fresh subject.
I know this kind of problem must be confronted all the time-- several of the grad students I know applied several years after their undergrad, so either they must have asked right away or contacted professors later by e-mail. I think I'm just sort of feeling out the right level of formality. Thank you!