Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation serve a very important purpose in describing one academically and personally. Choose people who can speak to those abilities.

It is REQUIRED to meet with Dana Parcher Warner before starting to collect references to be placed in your file, as all of these are done online, and you must understand the differences clearly.

UAH Pre-Proffesional Advisory Committee (PPAC) Board Requirements:

  • 3 Faculty Letters of Recommendation
    • 2 should be from science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Math)
  • 2 Character Recommendations
    • One must be from a shadower
  • 1 PPAC Board Interview Evaluations

Faculty Letters

Faculty Letters speak to academic abilties, intellectual curiosity, achievements in coursework, and classroom mannerisms.

Get to know faculty members early, as this helps in quality of letter writing.

  • Letters are submitted online.

Character Letters 

Character letters aim to give readers a sense of individual qualities, desire to enter the field, and abilties to succed in the field. 

  • Letters are submitted online.
  • At least one letter must be from someone you have shadowed in the field.
  • The second letter may be from a shadower or,
    • as long as they can still address the above qualities, it may also be from a work supervisor or a volunteer coordinator or supervisor.

Pre-PPAC Board Evaluation

Pre-PPAC Board Interview serves as an evaluation and interview.

This is a 30 minute interview with a board member. The point is to get to know them and have them get to know you.

This is not sent to professional schools. This is something the UAH PPAC asks for to enhance the overall process.

  • All evaluations are submitted online.
  • Students contact board members to set up interviews times
    • (Board member list is given by Dana in advising meeting)
  • Resumes are required at each interview session, Dress is business casual
  • Do not treat these as "mock interviews" - they are not, in any way, mock interivews.

Asking Your Recommender

  • Make sure they are aware of your goals well in advance.
    • You don't want the time you ask for a letter of reference to be the first time they hear of your dream to be a dentist, for example.
  • Give them plenty of time to write the letter, and then some.
  • Provide them with your resume. If you need help with that, make an appointment!
  • Write them a thank you note!
  • Keep your recommenders in the loop about acceptances.

 

Most professional schools will require certain number of faculty or character recommendations. If you do not go through the UAH PPAC Board Process, stay updated on the number of letters needed. As always, the Office of Pre-Health Professions Advising is here to assist.