First you might be wondering, "Should I apply? Will I even get accepted?"

The answer to the first question is always "Yes" and the answer to the second is "Maybe not, but the only way to ensure not getting accepted is if you don't apply at all". So apply, and apply to a bunch of programs that interest you at a variety of different places. Six is a reasonable minimum number in my mind. Even still maybe you won't get any offers the first year you apply, thats OK. Try again the next year, but make sure to improve your application materials. Have someone (like me) look at what you are writing.

Great so you are applying, that means you are a student looking for a letter of recommendation!

If I have had you in a class and/or we have done research together I would be happy to write a letter, just shoot me an email or stop by my office and ask! Once I have agreed to write a letter there are a few guidelines to follow and things I would like from you to ensure I can write the best letter possible and get it submitted correctly and on time. These things are especially important if you are going to need multiple letters for multiple graduate schools or internships.

Guidelines for Requesting Recommendations

Please send me an email with all of these materials. If after you have given me these materials, you decided to apply to additional places, please send me an updated list (item #2). You do not need to resend your transcript & resume. You can essentially just update the google sheet and then send me an email that you need more letters.

Why do I want all theses things? First to make sure I don't miss a deadline. Second to make sure I can align my letter with the program and your interests, skills & experiences. Basically to try and write the best letter I can!

Need help preparing your materials? Examples of cover letters and resumes? Check out these sites:

In general I have three recommendations when preparing materials.

Undergraduate Summer Opportunities

If you are looking for internships to apply for, here are a few places to start your search (I would check out the ones in bold first)!