SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) When I graduated from college in May 2007 I was pretty sure that I would continue onto grad school and had 2 professors agree to write me letters of recommendation. One of them was someone whose psych lab I worked in, and the other was my adviser in a non-psych major (but he know me really well). I can't really ask any other psych professors because the department had a really high turnover rate while I was there. I had THREE major advisors, and most of the people I took classes with aren't there anymore. Fortunately, I can definitely get 1, possibly 2 letters from my current research job. I originally thought that I was going to be applying to grad school last year. I ended up not doing this because I wanted more time to work on research projects and take some night classes. It was a good idea because I feel so much more prepared and motivated now. I emailed the profs last year and let them know the situation. Here's the problem: I wrote both of them again this morning to update them and ask if they were still able to write letters since now I am certain that I will be applying. I got an automated out of office reply from 1 of them saying that she's on leave until January 2010. I'm pretty sure she's on maternity leave. I don't want to go into full panic mode yet-- maybe she'll still get in touch and be able to write the letter-- but there really isn't anyone from my undergrad psych program who could write a good letter, which is why I approached her so early on in the process. Would it be appropriate to get in touch with the department secretary in a month if I don't hear anything? I definitely don't want to hound her but I'm going to need to get a back-up plan in place in case I lose this letter.