Writing recommendation letters is one of the duties of university professors. It is an important responsibility, which I take very seriously. I receive many requests for letters, including undergraduate students that apply for summer internships and REUs, undergraduate students that apply for graduate schools, graduate students that apply for conferences, workshops, and fellowships, graduate students that apply for postdoc positions, postdocs that apply for tenure-track positions, universities asking for letters on job candidates, assistant professors that are up for promotion for the rank of an associate professor, associate professors that are being considered for promotion to the rank of a full professor, people applying for jobs in the industry or in government labs, etc. The busiest letter-writing season is in late Fall and early Winter, as many applications are due between November and February. Every year, I write over 20 letters. This number seems to be steadily increasing. Some of my colleagues report writing over 50 letters.
If you plan on asking me for a recommendation letter, please read the following guidelines. Some of the guidelines apply only to people that belong to a specific category.
It is your interest to make your busy letter writer's job as easy as possible. Please provide me with the following information. Note that only some may apply to you.