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Letter of rec from research advisor or professor

  1. Jul 5, 2014 #1
    I know having a letter of recommendation from a research advisor is great. However, the research advisor I am currently working with barely knows me. He will be my advisor for about 5 more weeks, but I do not see him suddenly becoming interested in my project (I'm working with the postdoc), or interested in me/my goals.

    I plan to include this research experience in my graduate school applications. I will also have letters from other advisors I have done research with (I don't want to ask each advisor to write 8 letters, so I was going to include classroom instructors to spread it out)

    First question: Is a letter from a research advisor who barely knows me better than a letter from a classroom instructor who does?

    Second question: Will a committee look at my research experience and wonder why there are not letters from every advisor in my application?

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  3. Jul 5, 2014 #2

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    What matters more than who writes the letter is what the letter says. You need to select people based on your best estimate of that.
  4. Jul 5, 2014 #3
    Vanadium 50, thanks for your perspective ... Your wisdom is always appreciated !!!
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