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Letters of Recommendation

This page describes the process for UMTYMP students who would like a letter of recommendation. Each year we send out dozens of letters to colleges, scholarships, summer institutes, and other programs. We appreciate your help in streamlining the process by following the guidelines below.

Letters from MathCEP/UMTYMP are generally written by Professor Rogness, the Director of the program. This provides for a level of consistency and can also make for a much more compelling letter. Many of our instructors work with UMTYMP for two or three years before moving on to another position, whereas Professor Rogness has been teaching mathematics at the University since 1999, and can put a student's performance in UMTYMP into a broader context. Most students have had two semesters worth of classes (or more) with Professor Rogness by the time they request a recommendation, and before writing a letter he will gather information from any other past or current instructors.

To request a letter: Download the following PDF file, which contains information, a checklist, release form, and a questionairre. Submit the form and questionairre to the UMTYMP office at least two weeks before your first letter is due, along with addressed envelopes for each application. (If you can hand everything in even earlier, so much the better!) You can email mathcep@umn.edu before submitting your forms if you have any questions about the process.

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Make sure to sign any line waiving your right to view the letter; on the forms for MIT or the Common Application, for example, this appears near the top of the page.

  • We can also submit electronic letters of application (e.g. through the online Common Application system). You should still bring all of the forms to the office at the appropriate time, and make sure to submit Professor Rogness's name to the online system two weeks in advance as well. You can use the email address rogness@math.umn.edu.

  • Please fill out as much information as you can on the forms which should accompany the letter. For the two most frequent forms (MIT and the Common Application), that includes the following. (Note that if a form asks for a "High School" or "Secondary School" we generally strike through the word "High" or "Secondary" just to emphasize that this letter comes from a university.)

    MITCommon Application
    Name: Dr. Jonathan Rogness
    High School: University of Minnesota
    Phone Number: 612-625-2861
    Email: rogness@math.umn.edu
    Teacher for: 13 years
    Subjects: College Mathematics
    Name: Dr. Jonathan Rogness
    Subjects: College Mathematics
    Secondary School: University of Minnesota
    School Address:
         4 Vincent Hall, 206 Church St S.E.,
         Minneapolis, MN 55455
    Phone Number: 612-625-2861
    Email: rogness@math.umn.edu

  • There is no need to stamp each envelope; we will run the envelopes through our postage machine.
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