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Letters of Recommendation - Strictly Academic?

  1. Mar 6, 2013 #1
    Hi all,

    I got a BA in Physics, and am almost a year out of school. I have noticed whilst perusing graduate school websites that most emphasize that they want letters of recommendation from academic settings.

    I landed an internship in R&D after school, and I was wondering how inappropriate it would be to request a letter from a senior scientist that I work with.

    I was sort of hoping that the emphasis on "academic" recommendations would be to weed out people's bosses at totally non-physics type work.

    What do you think/what have you experienced?
     
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  3. Mar 6, 2013 #2

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    It depends on whether or not this prospective recommender has ever done this before - they are looking for certain things in these letters.
     
  4. Mar 12, 2013 #3
    Hi, and thanks for the reply. The person in question is a former professor (though he has spent most of his time in industry, I believe) so I would not be surprised if he has written them before. I was more concerned that his experience with me a work setting wouldn't be what they were interested in, but perhaps that concern is ill-founded?
     
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