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Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by bruinpredent, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. bruinpredent

    bruinpredent UCLA School of Dentistry 7+ Year Member

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    Does anyone know if any schools accept a letter from your PI/research advisor as one of the two required letters from science professors?

    (and i'm well aware that Columbia needs 3 science letters)
     
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  3. lgwdnbdgr

    lgwdnbdgr 10+ Year Member

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    I can say from first hand experience that Columbia, OHSU and UW do. I sent one letter from a prof with whom I actually took a credit class, then two letters from faculty who know me from work.

     
  4. jackbauer!

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    yes, they do. schools require letters from "science professors"..... i don't think any of the schools i applied to required that they were my instructor at one point also.

    jb!:)
     
  5. Zanderale6

    Zanderale6 7+ Year Member

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    Getting a letter from P.I. probably would have been a lot cooler in the 80's.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. dmd2011

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  7. thecuriousone

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    yea this is something i wanna know to

    i did research with a dental school professor last summer and im planning to use that one do you think they'd let me?
     
  8. dmd2011

    dmd2011 Random Hero 5+ Year Member

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    if you can use letters from dentists, then i dont see why not.
     
  9. goosestuff

    goosestuff 10-4, Chicken Feed, 10-4 7+ Year Member

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    I :love: Magnum PI

    My PI wrote me a letter, but that was in addition two science professors.

    However, alot of PIs are also professors...
     
  10. bruinpredent

    bruinpredent UCLA School of Dentistry 7+ Year Member

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    :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

    That...is awesome.


    So I guess the general consensus is that it should be ok. I have another science letter on reserve, but i'm not sure how strong it is since the professor was somewhat hesitant about writing it :thumbdown:

    Think I should just send in my PI letter along with 1 from my biochem and humanities professors and a dentist and just...call in the schools to see if they need me to send in another science letter?

    I'd prefer to put my strongest foot forward, you know?
     
  11. 3xCharm

    3xCharm 5+ Year Member

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    I had both of my PI's write me letters of recommendation this past year. They are a married couple and I actually get paid by one and work for the other, but they both gave me a copy of the letter so I could see what they wrote. Aside from these two letters I also had one from a dentist, a math professor, and a science professor, so in my case, yes, they were applicable towards the science criteria.
     
  12. PChemGrad

    PChemGrad I am a banana. 10+ Year Member

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    I got screwed on this from UNLV.
    I had my P.I. write me a letter, but since i never took a "Lecture" based course from him, his letter did not count. He is a science professor, I work for him, so he knows my potential, but they want letters from people you took a class from.

    But i believe all the other schools took his letter, UNLV was the exception.
     
  13. goosestuff

    goosestuff 10-4, Chicken Feed, 10-4 7+ Year Member

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    Wow that's crappy!
     
  14. bruinpredent

    bruinpredent UCLA School of Dentistry 7+ Year Member

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    Dude, that sucks:thumbdown: ...thanks for the heads up:thumbup:

    Is there anyway to know whether or not a school decides to not accept one of your letters? As in...if you call in and ask if your application is complete, will they tell you that one of your letters doesn't meet their LOR needs?
     
  15. prplmnkydshwshr

    prplmnkydshwshr Banned Banned

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    if you havent published, i wouldn't bother. everybody and their mother has some phony research letter nowadays
     
  16. bruinpredent

    bruinpredent UCLA School of Dentistry 7+ Year Member

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    haha, i love how this guy got banned like 5 minutes after posting this...then again looking at his previous posts i'm not entirely surprised
     
  17. bruinpredent

    bruinpredent UCLA School of Dentistry 7+ Year Member

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    does anyone else have any insight to share on this?
     

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