This week was a hands on meeting meant to help students on their journey to applying for REUs(Research Experiences for Undergraduates). The task of writing an application and sending it off for someone else to review can feel extremely daunting. So frightening in fact that some students put off the process of applying until its too late. For the number of students who applied for REUs there are many more who did not apply because of this.
Follow along with the exercises in this week’s meeting to make the first step in applying. If, after completing the exercise you still could use some help, contact us for more resources. We’re here to help our fellow physicists succeed.
Sample Recommendation Emails
Good morning [Prof. Smith],
My name is [Sammy Slug]; I took your [Thermodynamics] class in [Winter 2021]. Currently, I am working on applying for REUs at [UC Santa Cruz] in their [Astrophysics] program. I’m emailing you to ask if you would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for my application. I believe you can speak regarding [the quality of work] submitted while in your class and my [interest in the area].
Should you accept, I would be more than happy to meet and discuss my intentions behind applying for the program. I’m free on [Wednesdays], [Thursdays], and [Fridays].
Thank you for your time and consideration.