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Hey there, I asked one of my professors for a letter of recommendation, but it turns out that she isn’t a tenured professor at the university I graduated from. Instead, she’s a postdoc and “project scientist” that taught a neuroscience course on campus. Would her letter of recommendation still be valid as a science professor? After all she did teach a upper division neuroscience course for a full quarter. Let me know, thanks!
 

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Hey there, I asked one of my professors for a letter of recommendation, but it turns out that she isn’t a tenured professor at the university I graduated from. Instead, she’s a postdoc and “project scientist” that taught a neuroscience course on campus. Would her letter of recommendation still be valid as a science professor? After all she did teach a upper division neuroscience course for a full quarter. Let me know, thanks!
It is acceptable
 
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What about if it's a graduate student teaching the course? It's a 2 credit bio research course that bio major seniors have to take.
Depends on schools, but I would avoid getting letters from anyone without a terminal degree.
 
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What about if it's a graduate student teaching the course? It's a 2 credit bio research course that bio major seniors have to take.
The graduate student is likely the teaching assistant officially even though they instructed for the entire course. You shoyld have the grad student write a letter, sign it and then have grad student get it co-signed by a faculty, be it the official course faculty, their faculty advisor, dept chair ot whomever.
 
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