Recommendation Letters

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* Overview
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* KEY POINTS
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** To help Mark write as good a letter as possible, he would appreciate if you could draft a "generic" initial skeleton of the letter -- the base letter.
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* Preparing a '''DRAFT''' of the base letter
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# Do NOT wait until the last minute. Give Mark ample time for recommendation letters.
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** First write a draft in consultation with Mark
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# Individuals with initials should contact Mark directly at mark@gersteinlab.org.
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** Draft of letter should be written in a "generic" way so that specifics (i.e. for what the letter is intended) is at the top of the letter (if at all) and is easily modified. (See below.) You might flag modifiable bits in yellow.  
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# Individuals with a mentor should contact your mentor.
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** The specifics of your accomplishments are important. "He's a great guy" usually doesn't make much an impact. Make sure to specifically refer (by name or citation) to work you've done -- e.g. papers, computer projects, and talks. Draft should (obviously) be written from Mark's perspective.  
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# All other cases should email Mark directly.
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** Mark will edit the draft (often considerably) and send it in confidence to his assistant. (Do '''not''' send drafts ahead of time to assistant as this confuses things.)
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# In general, all letter requests should go through piaa@gersteinlab.org.
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# If the letter is confidential, do NOT send drafts to LI or piaa.  
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* Sending addresses to '''ASSISTANT'''
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Use the tag "rec0mg" in all correspondence with Mark
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** The assistant will then handle all the aspects of sending of the letter, including all the web submit forms
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*** When sending reference details with your application use '''piaa ([at]) gersteinlab.org''' as Mark's contact details. Do '''not''' enter Mark.Gerstein ([at]) Yale.edu in any web form. See http://contact.gerstein.info for more information on the former address. '''It is unlikely that your recommendation will be filled on time if you do not use the piaa address. '''
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*** Also send all correspondence to '''piaa ([at]) gersteinlab.org'''.
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** Mark does not check off boxes on recommendations as a matter of policy
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** You should make sure you provide exact mailing addresses and letter due dates to both Mark and his assistant.
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*** Mark is happy to pay for all reasonable postage.
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* '''MODIFICATIONS''' to the base letter
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Further details can be found [https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dCaGHBMcrnpCrCtgweFqwbCYXdJyI7VvB7HNmwj6PzM/edit#heading=h.jvoj2c3hmyp2 here]. Those without access should contact Lori for more details.
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** Modifications to the confidential version can be done through email or phone between you and the assistant, where one can indicate changes to the top paragraph without compromising the confidentiality of the letter. If you've flagged specific things in the generic draft (above) in yellow, it should be easy to indicate what to change.
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** If you feel it's necessary to do '''substantial''' re-edits, you should go back to the draft sent to Mark (see above) or ask Mark to send you a draft he feels comfortable sending. You should '''not''' request the currently used draft on file from Mark's assistant. You should then send this modified draft back directly to Mark -- again, not to his assistant -- as the new base letter.
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* Queries from the recipient of the reference letter
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** If the recipient if a reference letter has additional simple queries (e.g. duration of employment, exact type of position), these may be able to be answered through Mark's assistant. The assistant will need to get Mark's permission before answering.
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Latest revision as of 14:01, 1 June 2021

  • KEY POINTS
  1. Do NOT wait until the last minute. Give Mark ample time for recommendation letters.
  2. Individuals with initials should contact Mark directly at mark@gersteinlab.org.
  3. Individuals with a mentor should contact your mentor.
  4. All other cases should email Mark directly.
  5. In general, all letter requests should go through piaa@gersteinlab.org.
  6. If the letter is confidential, do NOT send drafts to LI or piaa.

Use the tag "rec0mg" in all correspondence with Mark

Further details can be found here. Those without access should contact Lori for more details.

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