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Letters of Recommendation

13132

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    So I am working in a lab right now and I definately won't know my professor well enough to get an LOR. Is it bad that I will not have one from my research director? Also how do admissions look upon one semester of research and no
    more...I absolutely hate it.
     

    13132

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      Well I'm a freshman right now. I thought I would give research a try but apparetly it is something I am really not interested in. I am doing e-beam lithography on an SEM if that explains why I lack enthusiasm about it.
       
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      bravofleet4

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        i don't think for research asking for a LOR after just one semester is appropriate. i mean what did you do in the lab? unless you put in lots of hours +20 every week, I can't imagine you were learned a lot and did all sorts of procedures. you want the medical schools to see that you were entrusted with real responsibilities and accomplished a great deal in the lab.

        if you don't like working there, then start looking at other research opportunities. you're only a freshman. you have plenty of time. you may also want to consider just talking to your PI or supervisor to see if you can do other things in the lab.
         

        BBender716

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          I have always heard it is better accumulate letters as you go since you will be fresh in the minds of the professor. Also, I am not really "researching" i see what I am doing as manufacturing objects for use in the actual "research".
          There's your problem. Stick around long enough to be involved at a higher level. No one I know thinks the base menial tasks are interesting or right for them, but it's where everyone starts. Once you get into the higher level tasks/contributions, it is MUCH more likely to be interesting. Bare with it! :)
           
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