Recommendation from non-math professor

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Recommendation from non-math professor

Post by Dragan » Sun Mar 27, 2022 5:58 pm

I worked for two years in a some sort of computational biology/neuroscience lab directly with the PI (relatively new professor, not known much in his field let alone math). Our work ended up to be published in a major journal in the field. He has a high opinion of me.

Will his recommendation be helpful when I apply for math programs? I think he is my strongest recommender.

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Re: Recommendation from non-math professor

Post by Cophysneurec » Sun Mar 27, 2022 9:43 pm

I had two non math recs and two math recs. My strongest were probably the non math recs and it worked out fine for me (I’m very happy with UA math)

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Re: Recommendation from non-math professor

Post by pedrerol1 » Mon Mar 28, 2022 12:56 am

If it is your stronger one it may work, for me I had the same situation, but in this case my weaker letter was from a non researcher, and I only got accepted in one university. I am almost sure that it was due to this letter, as I think the rest of my application was pretty decent/strong. But still I am not quite sure as this process is quite random sometimes. Anyways, if you are applying to pure math it may be better to have a letter of mathematicians.

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