Hi, I have recently completed my undergraduate degree in Physics. While I have thoroughly enjoyed my last year, I feel like I am in quite a dilemma when approaching professors for graduate school. I have spent the final year doing research in theoretical particle physics, however my formal supervisor, due to work constraints, was not able to be present for 90% of my research, and as a result I am reluctant to say that our interactions regarding my work has been not only been 'extremely limited' but also quite 'unsure' to say the least. Thus I am hesitant to request a letter of recommendation from this supervisor. I was wondering about students who were in a similar situation as I am in, about how they dealt with obtaining letter of recommendation. Another question is related about presenting the academic transcript. My course is technically a undergraduate + Honours type. While the first 3 years of my undergraduate is enough for me to actually graduate with a Bachelor of Science with a major in Physics and Mathematics, with a perfect GPA. However, due to a very unfortunate mishap (my fault completely) in exam timetable memorization, I have almost missed an exam, and it is only by the good grace of my concerned friends that I am able to take the exam. Nonetheless, I arrived in a very bad state of mind and obtained a terrible score, to the point where I am ashamed to reveal my particular set of scores for my Honours year. Must I present all my scores to the potential supervisor, especially if the Honours year (while related) is not necessary for the enrollment of MSc? (EDIT: I should also mention that Honours year, my grades for other subjects have been subpar compared to my undergraduate, which is also a reason why I would not like to reveal it.) As some of you might know, it is often a prerequisite to get the permission of a potential supervisor before you apply, however as I feel that my knowledge is still 'lacking'. I really do not know how to approach the problems given in the list of potential projects. When discussing options with the supervisor, is it expected that you give a guideline to how you will tackle the project?