To Whom It May Concern:
I have had the distinct pleasure of having Kaya Stone as a student in my debate classes and on my debate team for three years at Eastern Little Hope High School. Kaya has been more than the ideal student. In order to achieve the highest grades and my deepest respect, she has demonstrated outstanding leadership and maintained a clear sense of purpose.
The academics at Eastern Little Hope are most challenging, and Kaya fulfilled all the requirements with the added challenge of honors and advanced courses. Kaya is an outstanding extemporaneous speaker and debater. She has won many awards on the speech and debate circuits, and qualified for national tournaments. Success in these interscholastic activities requires extensive research and persuasive skills. Kaya also holds the degree of Special Distinction, as a member of the National Forensic League.
Due to its nature of metro, state, and national interscholastic competition, the successful high school forensics student serves by not only representing his or her school but also by representing his or her community as well. One of the requirements in my advanced class is to prepare lectures and guidance for the beginners. With Kaya’ s superior knowledge and involvement in the political sciences, she developed a strong sense of confidence with a charming attitude. Therefore, I could always depend on her to set the best example as an instructor. Because of her natural leadership abilities, Kaya was selected as our Debate Captain. On account of her mature approach to her responsibilities, I often thought of Kaya as a colleague.
Since her classmates, my fellow teachers, and I will always hold her in the highest esteem, I sincerely recommend Kaya Stone as the ideal candidate for matriculation at Eastern Little Hope State.
Dan Peel, Ph.D.
To Whom It May Concern:
As the Dean of Stonewell College, I have had the pleasure of knowing Hannah Smith for the last four years. She has been a tremendous student and an asset to our school. I would like to take this opportunity to recommend Hannah for your graduate program.
I feel confident that she will continue to succeed in her studies. Hannah is a dedicated student and thus far her grades have been exemplary. In class, she has proven to be a take-charge person who is able to successfully develop plans and implement them.
Hannah has also assisted us in our admissions office. She has successfully demonstrated leadership ability by counseling new and prospective students. Her advice has been a great help to these students, many of whom have taken time to share their comments with me regarding her pleasant and encouraging attitude.
It is for these reasons that I offer high recommendations for Hannah without reservation. Her drive and abilities will truly be an asset to your establishment. If you have any questions regarding this recommendation, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dean of Stonewell College
To Whom It May Concern:
Cheri Jackson is an extraordinary young woman. As her AP English Professor, I have seen many examples of her talent and have long been impressed by her diligence and work ethic. I understand that Cheri is applying to the undergraduate program at your school. I would like to recommend her for admission.
Cheri has outstanding organizational skills. She is able to successfully complete multiple tasks with favorable results despite deadline pressure. As part of a semester project, she developed an innovative collaborative novel with her classmates. This book is now being considered for publication. Cheri not only headed the project, she ensured its success by demonstrating leadership abilities that her classmates both admired and respected.
I must also make note of Cheri’s exceptional academic performance. Out of a class of 150 students, Cheri graduated with honors in the top 10. Her above-average performance is a direct result of her hard work and strong focus.
If your undergraduate program is seeking superior candidates with a record of achievement, Cheri is an excellent choice. She has consistently demonstrated an ability to rise to any challenge that she must face.
To conclude, I would like to restate my strong recommendation for Cheri Jackson. If you have any further questions regarding Cheri’s ability or this recommendation, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information on this letterhead.
Professor William Dot
To Whom it May Concern,
I am privileged to write in support of my dear friend and student, Dan Peel. Dan studied in my classroom and laboratory program for close to three years, during which time I witnessed his tremendous growth and development. This development came not only in the area of scientific achievement and discovery, but in maturity and character as well.
Dan entered Whitman at the young age of 16,a precocious high school graduate. At first, he had difficulty accepting his place as a young, less experienced lab member. But soon, he learned the valuable trait of humility, and enjoyed the opportunity to learn from his older peers and his professors.
Dan quickly learned to manage his time, work in group situations under strict deadlines, and to recognize the importance of a strong work ethic, persistence, and intellectual integrity. He has long since become the most valuable member of my student-lab team, and a role model for his newer classmates.
I recommend Dan to your program with absolute confidence. He has made me proud, as his teacher and friend, and I am sure will continue to do so as he grows in your program and beyond.
Thank you for the opportunity of correspondence,
Dr. Amy Beck,
To Whom It May Concern:
I am proud to recommend a beloved student, Kaya Stone, for your fellowship program. I was asked to write as one who has functioned in the capacity of an employer of Kaya, but I would first like to say a few words about him as a student.
Kaya is a highly intelligent, perceptive young man. He came to our institution committed to capitalizing on the opportunity of a third year of study in Israel, and he left with the satisfaction of having accomplished that goal. Kaya grew in learning, in character, in depth of understanding. He seeks truth in each and every area of his life, whether in learning, discussing philosophy, or relating to his fellow students and his teachers. Because of his positive disposition, his reflective way of operating, and all of the character traits that make him so special, Kaya’ s questions never go unanswered, and his searches always bring him to exciting new discoveries. As a student, Kaya is outstanding. As an educator, I have watched him grow, seen his talents and abilities not only in the classroom but outside its walls, when interacting with all types of people, as well.
During his time at our institution, Kaya, who as I’ m sure you know is an excellent writer and publicist, also has done a good deal of work for the yeshiva. This has included the text for many public relations brochures and packets, letters to parents, potential donors, and alumni, and essentially any correspondence which I have requested that he compose. The feedback is always overwhelmingly positive, and he has done so much in that way for our yeshiva. Even today, while he studies elsewhere, he continues to do a great deal of this work for our institution, in addition to the recruiting and other services he performs for the yeshiva.
Always, in his work, Kaya is consistent, dedicated and passionate, enthusiastic, cheerful, and a pleasure to work with. He has incredible creative energies and a refreshing idealism tempered only enough to accomplish what needs to be done. I highly recommend him for any position of work, leadership, education, or any other capacity in which he can spread his excitement and share his talents with others. At our institution, we are expecting big things from Kaya in the way of educational and communal leadership in the years to come. And knowing Kaya, he will not disappoint, and probably will exceed our expectations.
Thank you once again for the opportunity to recommend such a special and impressive young man.
Dean, Yeshiva Lorentzen Chainani
To whom it may concern:
As the Principal of Saint Jones High School I am pleased to recommend to you a member of our teaching staff, Mr. John Karter, and to write this letter on his behalf for his graduate degree. John has been teaching English in the school from last four years. He is one of our most popular and effective teacher in the school.
John Karter is highly professional gentleman. Reaction to John's english classes has been overwhelmingly positive and he himself is in love with english literature. So much so that more than once it has been reported to me that study hall students have been spotted lingering outside the door to John's classroom listening to his lessons. John's character impact can be even seen in parent-teacher meetings.
It will be a sad day when John will leave our school for pursuing his graduate degree. We hope that he finished his diploma and keeps his promise top return to us.
Saint Jones High School
Sample Letter of Recommendation C: Graduate School
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July 27, 2003
Ms. Debra Admit
Office of Graduate School Admissions
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Dear Ms. Admit::
This reference letter is provided at the written request of Janie Studyhard, who has asked me to serve as a reference on her behalf. It is my understanding that Janie is being considered by New University for admission to the Counseling Psychology program.
I have known Janie Studyhard for the past three years as she has taken the following courses which I teach: [list courses, give brief description of content of course]. As her professor, I have had an opportunity to observe the student's participation and interaction in class and to evaluate the student's knowledge of the subject matter. I would rate the student's overall performance in these subjects as superior. This is evidenced by her grades--[state the grades].
[One or two specific examples of the student's performance may be appropriate.] As part of her grade in [name of course], the student was required to prepare a paper. The paper was designed to measure the student's ability to research, to analyze the results of the research, and to write. [Discuss how the paper submitted by the student indicated to you the student's skills in these areas.] Based upon this, I rate the student's skills as excellent.
Based upon the student's academic performance and my understanding of the position for which the student is applying, I believe the student would perform (place overall evaluation here).
If you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact me.
Karen Forstudents, Ph.D.
I am happy to write a letter of recommendation for Mary Smith in support of her application to the Department of Maternal and Child Health MPH program. Ms. Smith took the classroom version of Principles of Epidemiology for Public Health (EPID 160) this past fall. Based on her performance in the course, I feel she would be a good candidate for the MPH program.
Grading in EPID 160 is based on a combination of “objective” and “subjective” evaluations. The objective components are two open-book, take-home examinations (35% of the overall grade) and a paper (25%), each based on an article. Each teaching assistant grades several exam questions across the entire class (this year we combined the 101 classroom and 64 Internet students). Thus, exam scores provide a good basis for comparison. The papers are also graded anonymously, but in spite of attempts to standardize the grading there are undoubtedly differences across graders.
The more subjective components are TA (20% of the overall grade) and peer (20%) evaluations of participation in small group discussions about case studies based mostly on articles. Although I try to adjust the results for differences in grading styles across TAs and across small groups, these scores are less comparable across the class as a whole.
Ms. Smith's overall grade of 85 fell right in the center of the distribution. Her score of 79 on each exam was just below the median on the first exam (quartiles were 75, 80, and 85) and just above the median on the second exam (quartiles 70, 78, 88; the median for students in the classroom edition was 80). Her grade on the paper was somewhat disappointing (78, just below the first quartile for the class as a whole and for all papers graded by the same grader).
On the more subjective evaluation components, Ms. Smith's ratings were very good. Scores on these evaluations tend to run high, but Ms. Smith was one of 14 students supervised by Amy Green to receive the maximum score. The average of the peer ratings that Ms. Smith received from the other students in her small group fell right at the median of her group. Amy Green, an advanced Epidemiology doctoral student who met with and observed 33 students in the weekly labs, writes of Ms. Smith:
“Mary was one of the most dedicated of my students. She always came prepared to lab, asked good questions, and frequently volunteered to present her work. Many epidemiologic concepts are not straightforward, and it was evident that Mary put a great deal of effort and time into learning the material. She was one of the hardest working students and would often email me with questions. Her lab group benefited immensely from her inquisitive style. She also made a concerted effort to synthesize information outside of class. On a number of occasions she brought additional material to the attention of the instructor and students, and shared relevant and interesting ways to incorporate epidemiologic thinking into public health. She would make an intelligent, energetic and hard-working addition to any public health program”
Ms. Smith's performance on the EPID 160 exams demonstrates that she is competitive with graduate students in public health degree programs in her ability to learn epidemiology, and her successful lab participation demonstrates that she works well with her peers and contributes at least her share. Although her score on the article critique was lower than those for most of the class, the grading for these is less precise than for the examinations.
Please feel free to call (966-7436) or write (firstname.lastname@example.org) if I can be helpful.
Victor J. Schoenbach, PhD