Guidelines for Requesting Letters of Reference from David Huron

I am happy to write letters of reference for my students, colleagues, research collaborators and acquaintances. I realize that letters of reference can have a marked impact on job prospects, and scholarship or fellowship successes. I also realize that it is often difficult to find a suitable person to write letters.

I do my best to sing the praises of the praise-worthy, and to generate enthusiasm (where warranted) for you. I err on the side of emphasizing your strengths: it is not my role to compare you with other applicants -- that is the role of the selection or award committee.

I get asked to write innumerable letters of reference each year, so you can help me by following these guidelines: