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Letter of Recommendation from non-science Professor

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by musicalMD, Jan 13, 2014.

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  1. musicalMD

    musicalMD

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    So I am planning on getting one letter from my chem lab professor. But I am wondering about another letter I was planning on getting.

    I have known this professor since my freshman year. I have had her for 3 classes and she has also evaluated my playing for all 5 semesters I have attended school. This past semester, she was my advisor for the teaching class I took. She observed my teaching twice a weeks and we had weekly meetings.

    Needless to say, we are very close. I know she can write me a solid recommendation but am not sure how much a letter from her would help me. Thoughts?
     
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  3. SN12357

    SN12357 2+ Year Member

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    Are you hesitant just because she's a non-science professor? Some schools require a non-science letter. Or strongly prefer it. Someone who has observed you teaching is a good reference.
     
  4. AquiVoy13

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    That sounds like an awesome letter from a non-science prof. Most schools require two letters from science profs and one non-science.
     
  5. musicalMD

    musicalMD

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    Yes, I was hesitant because she isn't a science professor. So you need 2 from science professors and one from a non-science professor? Do we need a letter from someone who isn't a professor- like someone we volunteered with?
     
  6. justAstudent

    justAstudent SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 5+ Year Member

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    Many schools require one from a non-science professor. If you are doing research, many schools also want one from your PI. It depends on the school really. I just made sure I had all my bases covered and got at least 2 science professor letters, 1 non science letter, 1 from my PI, and one from my volunteering.
     
  7. Narmerguy

    Narmerguy Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

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    I'm not aware of any schools that require this. Just 2 science and one non-science should be fine. Some schools also require letters from everyone you have researched with.
     
  8. SN12357

    SN12357 2+ Year Member

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    A letter from a volunteer supervisor isn't required but if you can get a strong one from them, it can only help. Only potential concern is that some schools do set a limit on the number of individual letters they will look at. However, you can sometimes have more letters in a committee letter. My post-bacc recommends that non-trads get more letters than average, so I had letters from professors, multiple PIs, and a volunteer supervisor go into mine.
     
  9. musicalMD

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    What letters are required for the AMCAS application?
     
  10. SN12357

    SN12357 2+ Year Member

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    None. The individual schools set their own letter requirements. AMCAS is just the delivery service when it comes to letters. You designate which letters go to which schools.
     
  11. AquiVoy13

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    Most schools want 2 science, 1 non-science prof. Additional letters are welcome to a certain maximum, but not required. They can be quite helpful though. Many people I know aimed for five letters overall: the three letters from professors, 1 from their PI, and 1 from another activity (volunteering, work, etc.)
     

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