Foreign Language Letters of Rec

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Foreign Language Letters of Rec

Post by aherring » Wed Oct 03, 2012 12:01 am

I am looking at applying to a variety of Math Ph.D. programs in the US, and am starting to put all my ducks in a line so to speak. I know I will have two letters of recommendation from professors here at my university; one an influential number theorist who has guided me for two years on two separate research projects (in number theory), and one from a professor whom I have had for both undergraduate and graduate abstract algebra). My question lies with the third letter writer. I did a summer REU in mathematics, learned a lot, discovered a few (insignificant) partial results and developed a very close relationship with my research mentor there. He is from Mexico, got his Ph.D. in the U.S., and then returned to teach in Mexico. When talking about mathematics, his English is perfectly understandable, and he rarely has difficulties. However, when making plain conversation, or talking on subjects not related to math, sometimes he stumbles. I am fluent in Spanish, and read a portion of a text he wrote (in Spanish) on group theory-it was extremely eloquently written, read more like literature than mathematics. My question boils down to this: I would very much like for my third letter to come from my REU mentor, would it be appropriate to have him write the recommendation in Spanish?? I haven't a clue on this issue, please share all (if any) insight you may have.

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Re: Foreign Language Letters of Rec

Post by vonLipwig » Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:34 am

It seems to me that this would be a question you should ask of the admissions people at the various universities at which you plan to apply. The answer may differ from university to university (for example, based on whether they have staff members who can read Spanish, perhaps)

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Re: Foreign Language Letters of Rec

Post by David5678 » Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:25 am

Why not ask help for your tutor? :)

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