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Letter of Recommendation from a TA

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical Osteopathic [ DO ]' started by angldrps, Apr 6, 2012.

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  1. angldrps

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    One of the classes at my undergad. was taught entirely by a TA without any professor supervision. Since the TA had all the responsibilities that a professor has and our class was never introduced to a professor, I had assumed the TA was actually the professor and had her write me a letter. Recently, I found out about this and contacted the TA regarding this letter. She told me that T.A. are considered instructors in the case of this particular class. She also informed me that even though there is no professor, this class does have a course coordinator.

    This is one of my strongest letters so would hate to not be able to use it.

    Has any of you guys have experience with getting a Letter of Recommendation written by a TA and cosigned by the professor/course co-ordinator?
    any advice will be appreciated!
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  2. angldrps

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    I don't think a Letter from a TA will carry as much weight as one from the department head with a PhD who is well known in academic circles.

    Keep in mind schools call your letter writers to ask questions...
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    Any chance she is a PhD? Maybe a postdoc? In some schools, the TAs are grad students and therefore not considered science faculty. This is all speculation based on the requirements I have seen and common sense on my part, but I could be wrong. Email the schools.
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    Have the TA put in a good word about you to the coordinator and ask them for a letter.

    I would strongly recommend against using a letter from a TA as opposed to a professor with credentials.
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    Not a great idea. TAs and RAs are the slaves of academia, and their letters will be treated accordingly.
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    I had a great TA that knew me and my abilities. Got her to write a letter, and I got in. To be fair, I had other weighty letters, but who knows what they even said. Yes it is a risk, but in my opinion it's better to have a strong letter from someone with a lower rank than it is to have a form letter from the dean.
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    Need LORs from PhDs, not TAs. If you still need to, have the PhD cosign the letter with the TA.
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    She probably has a Ph.D which is fine. As long as she can speak to your character and abilities it's okay. I had a letter cosigned by my TA and prof since it was a huge lecture class and I knew (wink, wink) my lab GTA quite well. :) Totally worth it btw.
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    I had a TA and am Instructor at a community college class I took write me letters. I also had the traditional Ph.D. letters in there as well. My thought process was would they rather have a letter from someone who knows my work or someone who has graded my scantrons. Got five acceptances so it must not have been that bad.
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    thanks to all the advice. I decided to have the course director co-sign the letter. Mostly because I know this is one of my strongest letter that truly speaks about my attributes, which is better than getting a letter from someone who barely remember me . hopefully, this won't hurt me. fingers crossed
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    I'd for sure keep the letter, some grad students are willing to ghost write the letter and have a prof sign it as if they wrote it, I think that is actually pretty common, maybe they will do the same for you? Either way it would be better to have a really good letter of rec from someone who truly knows you than a crappy vague letter from a prof that doesn't know you well. Maybe you can quick get a vague letter from another prof to offset the TA letter, that way you will have met all your requirements for LORs and still have one that is pretty strong

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