Getting to Know Faculty

Professors are some of the best resources on campus.

Before requesting recommendation letters, take time to develop a personal relationship with multiple faculty members in your field of interest.

  • Introduce yourself before or after class, during office hours, or at a campus event.
  • Read about your professors' research topics and ask them about their research.
  • Conduct a research project with a professor that allows for travel or learning new skills.
  • Don't limit your contact only to faculty in your department or from the courses you have taken.

Director David Schug and former colleague Laura Hastings discuss how to meet faculty.

Applicants Tiffanie Bui, Andrew Barr, Joe Johnson, and Chris Olen share advice on getting to know faculty before asking for recommendation letters.