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School of Arts & Sciences
Advisement and Evaluation Committee for Advanced Degrees in Sciences
The Committee Letter
The Committee Letter
The Committee will draft letters for eligible applicants which include the following information:
: The scholastic summary begins with the applicant’s high school graduation and concludes with all colleges/universities enrolled, the degrees sought and earned. This section will include the academic standing of the applicant, including GPA and any honors received. The quality of the course work and rigor at which the student pursued the coursework will be described.
Standardized Entrance Exam Scores
: A summary of the faculty evaluations is provided, including pertinent written comments obtained by the evaluations.
Quality and Level of Work Experience and Volunteer Activities
Quality and Level of Research Experience
: A summary of how the applicant handled the Committee interview will be provided. The summary will address the applicant’s preparation for, personality throughout, and ability to respond to questions during the interview.
: Throughout the Committee’s advisement and evaluation of the applicant, a sense for the applicant’s perceived level of understanding, and appreciation of the commitment required to obtain the advanced degree sought will be obtained. The committee will make mention of this observation in the letter.
: Should a need to address extenuating circumstances for outstanding students be presented, the Committee will do so if provided with adequate information and rationale to support these circumstances for the applicant.
Committee Letter Designations
: All applicants provided an interview with the Committee will be assigned a letter of reference level depending upon their Committee application packet and interview performance.
All applicants who request a Committee letter of reference will be notified of the Committee’s decision and must, in writing, request and authorize the Committee to write and send confidential letters to the programs of choice. This letter will not be released to the applicant. The Committee does this to assure admissions committees that the letter is a candid and accurate assessment of the applicant’s capabilities. The Committee’s intension is to assist each applicant in realizing their goals and to do so in a professional, objective, informative, and accurate evaluation. The Committees and University cannot maintain its credibility with admissions committees and faculty at prestigious programs without a diligent effort to maintain high standards of expectations for the students recommended for entrance into programs of higher education
The reference levels are as follows:
Very Highly Recommended
: This level is reserved for truly exception students and is very rarely awarded. Applicants who have demonstrated exceptional abilities and the highest levels of achievement in all aspects of the applicant’s Committee packet and interview may be awarded this level of reference.
: This level is awarded to applicants who have demonstrated excellent intellectual and personal attributes.
: This level is awarded to applicants with very good intellectual and personal attributes.
Recommended with Reservations
: This level is award to applicants who are qualified for the desired program, but have demonstrated weaknesses in one or more categories evaluated by the Committee.
: The Committee works hard to establish clear evaluation and interview criteria to avoid the necessity to deny an applicant a favorable recommendation. However, if an applicant fails to demonstrate qualification for the desired program and continues to pursue of a Committee letter, such letters will be prepared and submitted for the applicant.