So I have a problem: I'm applying to all cali schools and about 8 out-of-state schools, backups like Utah, and top like WashU and Harvard. The problem is some require, and others recommend, that I have 2-3 LORs from profs. who have taught me. I have 4 research LORs from profs. (both PhD and MD) who I've worked with more or less for 4 years with pubs. I have also one clinical from shadowing and one from humanities. Any science lecturer LOR that I manage to scrape is at worst going to be mediocre and at best going to look like the letter writer doesn't know me (which he will not). So far I've sent emails out to TAs that (should) know me...see if I can get TA LORs cosigned by the prof, but that hasn't met with any success so far. I might be able to get a good rec from a pass/fail bio lab class where, guess what I was doing? That's right, an independent project, no academics there. Question: (drum roll) How done in am I? I know I should call the individual schools, but I was looking for a more general idea as to how much this might hurt my application i.e How much do they weigh the lack of science lecturer LORs when they have the MCAT/GPA and they are replaced by really good recs from other profs? Ugh, sorry for the long rambling post.