To insure that your recommenders write the most up-to-date letters possible, provide them with the following:
- A curriculum vitae (CV), the academic form of a resume. You can request
copies of faculty CVs from your undergraduate department to see the range of
formats and information included.
- The list of schools to which you're applying, including the names of faculty
you would like to work with at each school. If you're also applying for a
fellowship or assistantship, let your recommenders know so they can also
recommend that you receive assistance.
- Self-addressed stamped envelopes (addressed to your home, NOT to the
graduate school or department to which you're applying).
- The deadline for completing recommendation letters. Do not ask your
recommenders to keep track of several deadlines; set a single deadline.
- Your research interests. Let your recommenders know what you plan on
studying in graduate school so they can comment on your potential in that area.
- Your classes. It's a good idea to remind them of which classes you took, the dates of the classes and your final grades. These details help to refresh their memory and comment more accurately.