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Faculty Recommendations

Thank you for your commitment to mentoring students interested in conducting academic year research through the School of Arts & Sciences Responding to Two Pandemics grants program.

A letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor is due Thursday, October 22, 2020 for the first round and Tuesday, January 26, 2021 for the second round.

Writing Your Letters of Recommendation

Faculty may either write individual letters or complete the multiple student template.

Individual letters should describe the distinctive strengths of each student. Please comment on any direct experience you have had with the student(s) and on the skills and potential that the student brings to the project. Please also comment on the student’s ability to perform and complete the proposed research. For individual student proposals, please indicate how much the project is based on the student’s work/thinking and how much is derived from your work. While it should not re-explain the project, the letter should clearly indicate that you have read the proposal.

For individual and team proposals, projects are expected to coincide with a faculty mentor’s interest and expertise.

Recommendation - Multiple Students

Naming Conventions

It is important that all letters of recommendation follow the naming conventions outlined below:

A letter of recommendation referring to multiple students:
Pandemic-2020-- Letter of Recommendation--FacultyLastName-FacultyFirstName-Multiple.pdf

A letter of recommendation for an individual student:
Pandemic-2020—Letter of Recommendation--FacultyLastName-FacultyFirstName-StudentLastName-StudentFirstName.pdf

Submitting Your Letters of Recommendation

To submit your letter (or letters) of recommendation, please e-mail your letter(s), in pdf format, with the naming conventions mentioned above to Robert Plymale no later than Thursday, October 22, 2020 for the first round and Tuesday, January 26, 2021 for the second round.

Thank you for supporting undergraduate research experiences at the University of Richmond!


If you have questions about the recommendation process for Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellowships, please contact Robert Plymale at