Tips for Requesting Faculty Recommendation Letters

Tips for Requesting Faculty Recommendation Letters

As a student, there comes a time you may need to request letters of recommendation from a faculty member. For example, the Alpha Sigma Lambda scholarship application asks for a letter of recommendation. Beyond that, you may need letters of recommendation for graduate schools, job applications, and more. Below are some tips for you to consider when you need to request a letter of recommendation. 

  1. Reach out to faculty who you recently took classes with. Remind them who you are- what grade you received, and anything else that may have stuck out (for example, the topic of your final paper or project, or if there were online discussions, how frequently or early you posted.)

  2. Mention a few things about yourself – what your educational and professional goals are, what your other responsibilities are in addition to taking classes.

  3. Clarify that the recommendation is meant to portray the type of student you are- which a faculty member can usually speak to from your behavior in their course.

  4. Offer to provide additional information if the faculty member feels it would be useful.

  5. Give the faculty a few weeks to complete the letter…don’t ask the week it is due.

  6. Ask a few faculty members for recommendations. So that if one or more don’t feel comfortable giving one, you don’t have to start the process over. It does not hurt to end up with more than one recommendation.

  7. For the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship: Remind the faculty that the recommendation can be sent via email using their faculty email address (this alleviates any worry of having to use the school’s letterhead, which can be difficult for some non-local faculty to obtain).

Keep these tips in mind as you reach out for letters of recommendation. Also, if you know now that you plan to attend graduate school or go into a field that requires faculty references, start now to develop relationships with your faculty members while you are in their class. Being an active student in discussions, helping other students, and chatting with the faculty member (whether online or on-site) may help down the road when you need that reference. 


Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Student Scholarships  for nontraditional students. 

Already applied? Visit STUDENT RESOURCES for more tips and scholarship opportunities. 

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Mikela A. Mulleneaux | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Currently serving in the United States Air Force, I am pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Networks and Cyber Security through the University of Maryland Global Campus. My passion for the Cyber Security field bloomed upon first enlisting in the service as a systems administrator. Upon completion of my degree, I hope to further my education through IT Certifications as well as obtain a Master’s degree. In my free time, I enjoy producing music, writing, and running. 

“I am so very honored to be a part of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and want to thank everyone who gave me this opportunity.”

 

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist adult learners financially while earning an undergraduate degree. You can help us continue to support nontraditional students by making a donation and provide assistance to other students like Mikela who are on their continuing education journeys. Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships here.

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Brittany Eddy | 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Brittany Eddy is a student in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of Virginia. By trade, she is an investment associate with a firm located in Charlottesville, VA.

Here, she co-founded a financial confidence mentorship program with a local nonprofit organization. At UVA, she is a Peer Mentor, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Treasurer for the Beta Iota Sigma chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda.

Alpha Sigma Lambda awards scholarships to assist adult learners financially while earning an undergraduate degree. Make a donation and help support students like Brittany Eddy on their academic journeys. Learn more about Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarships here.

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New Alpha Sigma Lambda Chapters

Sigma Xi  

Suffolk County Community College – Michael J. Grant Campus

Upsilon Rho

Irvine Valley College

Re-established Chapters

 Gamma Gamma   

Rhode Island College

Upsilon Alpha

University of Arkansas – Fort Worth

Omega Philia  

Dickinson State University 

 Psi Omega     

Nichols College

 

To this day Alpha Sigma Lambda is not only the oldest but also the largest, chapter-based honor society for full- and part-time students. Its purpose is to provide an association which recognizes academically outstanding adult* students in higher education who come together to celebrate scholarship and leadership.  Starting a chapter brings the camaraderie and prestige of America’s only chapter-based honor society for non-traditional students.

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2019 Board of Directors

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society Board of Directors

 

As of January 1, 2019, the ASLHS Board of Directors will inlcude the following:

 

Society President:  Matt Hlinak, Dominican University – Priory Campus

Society Secretary:  Karen Cordova, Regis University

Society Treasurer:  Maria Altobello, Franklin Pierce University

Member-at-Large:  Cheryl Hines, SUNY Cortland

 

Learn more about the history of Alpha Sigma Lambda starting in 1945, when Dr. Rollin Posey was Dean of the University College at Northwestern University inherited an honorary named Alpha Sigma Lambda and decided to remake it to serve the needs of his students, while recognizing superior scholarship among those students.

Get involved by starting a chapter at your learning institution.

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James Bartlett-Vanderpuye

James Bartlett-Vanderpuye is currently a Junior at Embry Riddle Aeronautical Worldwide majoring in Aeronautics with a minor in Management and Occupational Health and Safety.  Currently enlisted in the Air Force as a Logistician, future plans include becoming a C17 Pilot for the Air Force.  

Enlisted for eight years and deployed three times, pursuing an education has been dependent upon time and available funds. 

The Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship will provide needed funds for flying lessons as he has earned 10 of the 40 required hours for a pilot’s license.  In his free time, James enjoys watching and playing sports.

 Donate to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship fund and support adult students like James here.

 

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Nancy Vazquez

My name is Nancy Vazquez and I am a senior at Texas Woman’s University. I went back to school in the summer of 2016 to pursue a career in accounting. I have earned two associates degrees in the education and IT fields, and this winter I will be graduating with a BBA in Accounting. In addition to being a full-time student, I work as an accounts payable manager for a flooring company and as an operations clerk for a bank. In my time at TWU, I have served as the treasurer of the Accounting and Finance Society. I was also honored to receive the TSCPA Accounting Excellence Award for 2018. One of the most rewarding experiences at TWU is being able to work in the accounting lab and tutor other students.

I joined the Alpha Sigma Lambda Society at the beginning of last semester and it has been life changing. I am grateful for the amazing people I have met and the opportunities available to succeed and help each other on the way. 

Donate to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship fund and support adult students like Nancy.

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Matthew Morris

I am a senior at the Catholic University of America. My major is Human Services Administration. I am a Service Connected Disabled Veteran. I am the father of two adult children, the oldest a member of the United States Navy, and the youngest a student at Penn State. I have two beautiful grandchildren and the privilege of providing care for my elderly parents. I am the president of a non-profit recovery organization in Alexandria, VA

“The journey from addict to 4.0 University student was long and hard, but Matthew stayed the course and overcame seemingly insurmountable challenges. The youngest son in a close-knit Catholic family, Matthew joined the Navy after high school to serve his country. While he was on active duty, a pickup truck rammed his car and ended life as he knew it.”

Donate to the Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship fund and support adult students like Matthew.

 

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Angelica Bonisese

2018 scholarship recipient, Angelica Bonisese is a full-time senior nutrition student in the DPD program at Cedar Crest College, a full-time administrative assistant for almost 5 years at the local non-profit Hope for Veterans, and a lab assistant for the past 2 years for the Cedar Crest College program Health Starts in the Kitchen. She is a member of the Alpha Sigma Lambda Delta Pi Chapter, the local Lehigh Valley Dietetic Association, the national PA Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and currently holds the position of treasurer for the Student Dietetic Association at Cedar Crest College. Angelica’s anticipated graduation date is May of 2019 where she will then move on to complete her dietetic internship along with her Masters of Health Science degree.

As a registered dietitian, Angelica aspires to be involved in research and development to discover new ways to prevent and treat disease through healthy lifestyle changes.

Outside of the classroom, Angelica enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, running, and backpacking. This summer she plans to complete 100 miles along the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania as part of her fundraiser, Hike for Hunger, to help provide more nutritious foods for homeless veterans in her community.

Donate to Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society and support non-traditional students like Angelica!

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Alpha Sigma Lambda News

News featuring Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society members and chapters from across the United States. 

 

 

“I can’t say enough good things about the organization, and I would not have been able to finish my education without receiving the ASL scholarship,” said White. “I am so grateful for the staff and professors who supported my application.”

 

 

 

 

 

“The faculty have been so tremendous and supportive in understanding my needs as an adult student,” comments Cavanaugh. “Adult students bring all that life experience to the table, and I am happy to be a part of that group.”

 

Read more:

The four joined 18 other students tapped as new members of the Gamma Beta Upsilon Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda.”

“Bank of New England is pleased to welcome John S. Kelley as senior loan officer and senior vice president of commercial real estate lending. Kelley is a commercial real estate professional with experience in lending and credit risk assessment.”

“Inductees included Brieanna Pressley Howell, of Clyde. She is majoring in accounting. In a ceremony in GWU’s Tucker Student Center, 22 students and two honorary inductees joined the society as representatives of the University’s Degree Completion Program (DCP).”

“Although their backgrounds often are wildly different, SUNY Cortland’s approximately 300 non-traditional students all have interesting stories to tell. Take Corrine Edick, for example. The College’s third recipient since 2010 of an Alpha Sigma Lambda scholarship from the national honor society for non-traditional students decided to enlist in the U.S. Navy after graduating from high school in 2009.”

“Murray-Calloway County Hospital (MCCH) names Nathan Lawrence as the new Director of Quality Management.”

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