Question about LOR, Please help!

kinkocopies3

Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Apr 26, 2003
59
0
    Hi All,

    So I have had three different research experiences. 1 Clincial, and 2 bench research (one of which was at another university). I was planning on getting 1 clincial, and 1 lab research letter, but I get the feeling that one of my research PI's wants me to go to grad school, and I don't think his LOR will be that strong, so I don't want to risk it. How crucial is a research LOR? I am thinking about just keeping the 1 clincial, and get the other letters from professors. Does anyone have any suggestions? Have people been accepted without a lab research LOR?

    Thanks
     

    DD214_DOC

    Full Member
    Army
    15+ Year Member
    Jun 23, 2003
    5,783
    896
    1. Attending Physician
      lab research LOR isn't a requirement and many people have been accepted without them.

      If you read, you will see that most schools require X letters from science faculty and a few require one or two from non-science faculty. A few others still require a letter from a clinical supervisor. (USUHS comes to mind).
       

      yayme

      Member
      7+ Year Member
      15+ Year Member
      Mar 17, 2004
      68
      0
      ca
        Originally posted by kinkocopies3
        Hi All,

        So I have had three different research experiences. 1 Clincial, and 2 bench research (one of which was at another university). I was planning on getting 1 clincial, and 1 lab research letter, but I get the feeling that one of my research PI's wants me to go to grad school, and I don't think his LOR will be that strong, so I don't want to risk it. How crucial is a research LOR? I am thinking about just keeping the 1 clincial, and get the other letters from professors. Does anyone have any suggestions? Have people been accepted without a lab research LOR?

        Thanks

        i had no lab research LOR and i think i was okay. just have LOR from people you trust and think will write good recommendations. good luck :)
         
        About the Ads

        patzan

        Waiting for March 20th
        7+ Year Member
        15+ Year Member
        Mar 4, 2004
        711
        2
        In a van down by the river
        1. Resident [Any Field]
          The University of Utah requires a research letter, but it is the only school I know of that does. (they require six different letters!) Unless you plan on going there, you don't NEED one, but they always help. Your professor (PI) should come off his pedestal if he is trying to make your decisions for you and be professional. Many personal recommenders are willing to let you see the letter (or even write it!), but you'd have to be pretty comfortable with them to ask to have a copy.

          In short, if you trust that they have a favorable opinion of your work and personality, it shouldn't matter what they think about where you would be happiest - get their letter. Ask him/her upfront if they can write you a good letter. If they can't, they will tell you.
           
          E

          Eraserhead

            I never understood this "my PI wants me to go to grad school so will write a bad LOR" phenomenon.

            It sounds like pre-med neuroticism to me.

            But regardless, you have 3 to choose from and you can't send most schools all 3, so pick two and then have 3 classroom instructors do the other 3 (pick 2 science and 1 non-science).
             
            About the Ads
            This thread is more than 17 years old.

            Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

            1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
            2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
            3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
            4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
            5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
            6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
            7. This thread is locked.