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Old Recommendations for Grad School?

  1. Apr 5, 2016 #1
    I'm currently in my third year of undergraduate Physics, and plan to graduate at the end of my fifth year (since I'm doing CO-OP). I'm starting to think about grad schools, one element of which is my faculty recommendations.

    I worked in a well known scientist's lab in my first year, first summer, and then again in my second summer (this last one). I'm looking to try and make a good work-relationship with other faculty members at my school, but I'm wondering if after a couple years professors aren't likely to give old recommendations.

    By the time I apply to grad schools I will not have worked with this scientist for three years, is that still a common time frame to ask for a recommendation for grad school?

    I wouldn't want to make a fool of myself asking them if it isn't common, but I have no idea. I know that that they have a good opinion of me, and know that they would write me a strong recommendation.

    Anybody familiar with things like this?
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  3. Apr 5, 2016 #2

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    Not common, but not unheard of. It would be good if not all the recs were this old.
  4. Apr 5, 2016 #3
    Unfortunately, I think that's the nature of undergrad work. I had to ask two PI's from prior projects for LoRs, one was only a year old, but the other was two years old. That's just how it is... they know you can't work with three different groups at the time applications are due.
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