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I need a second LOR, but my options are limited:
1) ask my orgo prof. whom I received a B+/B from
2) ask my physiology prof. whom I received a B+ from and she doesn't have a PhD (if it matters)

who should I ask and has anyone received a LOR from a prof. you didn't get an A from?
 

Mr. H

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I'd recommend two things. First, make sure its someone who knows you very well, between the two choices you have selected, this should be the only factor. Secondly, you really SHOULD get a letter from a professor you got an A- or A in. It would be hard to really recommend someone whom recieved a grade that is not the above two. Alas, if you must, then choose the one that liked you most.
 

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I disagree totally! You are putting to much importane on the letter grade. A B in orgo is not that bad first of all. Second, I would rather have a rec from someone who knows me well, adn woudl be able to go in depth about my strenghts and skills, and if I happen to get a lower grade in his class, SO WHAT. The rec will be much more realistic than Mary got and A in my class, wow. coming from a 69 to a 89 shows great improvement, and shows that the person has the ability and will work for what they want. I know lots of people who got the top grade in the class, but got a weak rec.
 

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I didn't add my comments 'cause H basically had it. Anyway...

1. get from someone who can write a personal letter. The person doesn't even have to know you well. He just needs to write a strong and personal letter.

2. if it's a prof reference letter, make sure you got an A in his class. There's not much room for excuses.

For your available options, I'd say go with my #1 above.

RT
 

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I would disagree. If there is a prof that you know well that could write a strong letter for you, and you at least decently well in his class (not like a D or a C), then I would think that would be a good plan. You can't attack too much emphasis too a half a letter grade. Go with whichever one of those can write you a stronger letter. And as to the lack of a PhD... Well, I am less sure of that. Does this person have a professorship at your university? I would think that would be preferrable...
 
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