RECOMMENDATION RECOMMENDATIONS D. A. Rice In order to ensure the best possible recommendation, please provide the following materials:  A means to reach you if there are questions.  Your resume or vita.  A copy of your transcript, a grade list, GPA, or some other indicator of your academic skills. Remind me which courses you have taken with me, when you took it, and what grade you earned. Remind me also of any special projects you have done, or other noteworthy events.  A statement of your goals and motivation as it applies to the recommendation. This should be no longer than one page. Include both immediate and long-term goals. If you are unsure of your goals, pick a viable set. Doing so avoids the appearance of being wishy-washy, a sure-fire way to get a rejection. Relate prior experience and training and other qualities that make you a person worthy of acceptance into the position for which you are applying. Explain how your past and current efforts apply to this end. Mentioning extracurricular activities and avocations demonstrates that you are well-rounded and avoids giving the impression that you are shallow and narrow minded.  The appropriate forms, addresses, and instructions for the recommender. Include a DEADLINE. Be sure to fill out the forms completely (including YOUR NAME and mine where appropriate). SIGN THEM where indicated.  If you have had a previous recommendation from me, tell me when it was done and who received it.  A draft of my letter about you.