Hello, I am a 2nd year student doing an immunology major and physiology major. I’m interested in doing research this summer and every application asks for a letter from a professor in my field of study. This is a problem because first year I was in very large classes, and this year I’m in even larger classes (I literally have all of my classes in Con Hall, like EVERY SINGLE ONE) so I don’t really know any professors, and they definitely do not know me. Do you have any advice on how I could go about getting a letter out of one of them. I have a high GPA but I’m not sure that it would help. Thanks so much!
Whaddup future brown-noser (read on, it will make sense),
Write a letter as if from them, stalk them, and then get their kid to ask their parent to ‘sign a field trip’ form and secretly slip your letter in so they sign it instead. This might involve bribery.
OH … or forge their signature (if the cops ask, I was tooootally joking when i said this)
I would say go in to office hours and chat them up a couple times. Slip in that their subject matter is the most interesting thing you have ever learnt and it has inspired you to do research this summer. Seeings as they are the one that has inspired you, you would love nothing more then for them to be the one that writes the letter for you.
The only way you can really do this, is to develop a relationship with your prof (no, not that way, it will get you kicked out of school). Go in and have a little chat with them a couple of times. I’m sure you’ll be the only one in the office hours, as no one ever goes to those things.