University of Connecticut College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of Mathematics
Tom Roby's Recommendation Requirements!

Writing letters of recommendation is an important responsibility, which I take seriously. In order for it not to consume lots of time unnecessarily, I'd appreciate your getting the following information to me in hardcopy with plenty of lead time (2-4 weeks minimum).

  1. A signed copy of the following release form (or here is a backup local copy). You can just write "any" instead of listing specific names of schools if you like.
  2. Any paper forms (rarer nowadays) along with stamped, self-addressed envelopes;
  3. Transcript (unofficial is fine);
  4. Current resume or CV;
  5. a copy of any personal, teaching, or research statements you've written for this application;
  6. Any (p)reprints of relevant articles you've written (links to specific papers on the arXiv or your website are fine).
Actually, the last three can be electronic, as long as I'm able to view and print the files without fuss. (Pdf files work better than MS Office documents in this regard.) Also, please email me at least two weeks before the first due date your answers to the following questions. More detail is better.
  1. What is your name, year entering UConn and expected graduation?
  2. For what are you applying (e.g., scholarship, graduate school, summer research experience)? List the programs including the field of study to which you are applying, together with due dates.
  3. How long have I known you (in years and months) and in what relationships(s)? Please list specific course numbers and terms.(E.g., "I was a Q Center tutor starting in Fall 2007", or "You attended my oral examination in Spring 2008 and I took graduate combinatorics with you in Spring 2009".)
  4. How would you describe yourself? What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? Your response to this question is very important to me, so the more details the better.
  5. What are some of your academic and nonacademic accomplishments?
  6. What makes me particularly qualified to write a letter for you? What makes you particularly qualified for this position/honor/award?
  7. What are your long term goals and will this position/honor/award help? If so, how?
  8. Additional comments (REU's, summer research, interesting jobs, hobbies, etc.)?

Feel free to chat with me about any aspect of this that could use amplification or clarification. Don't hesitate to remind me when deadlines are approaching. Usually I will email you when it's actually done, so if you haven't heard, assume the worst.

CREDITS: Based on a similar website of Michael Orrison, that I found through a similar page at Tara Holm's website.

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