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August 26, 2012 3:03 PM Subscribe
Recommendation Letters filter: grad school in MPH and no academic references? Snowflakes within.
posted by mooselini to Education (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I am applying to grad school for next year in MPH and have no academic references to buttress my application. I have graduated college in Dec '08 and have since held two research assistant positions within two top-5 universities directly relating to what I want to do in my post graduate career. I have co-authored two papers that have been published in well-known journals.
My original idea is to use my PIs as references (I have 3 PIs who I worked closely with and have done research for) but upon reading further application paperwork I see that not having anyone from my college to attest to my academic abilities can hinder my chances in getting into the schools of my choice. Unfortunately, I have not worked with any professors in college and was not even on their radar during class. My undergrad concentrations were all over the place (I did double bachelors in Psych and Math, and a minor in Comp Sci).
If the hive-mind has any comments regarding this and the importance of having past profs to write recommendations, I would really appreciate it. Thank you all in advance!