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Recommendation From a Former Student

This is a letter of recommendation written by one of my former graduate (Ph.D.) students in support of my application to a major U.S. university.

March 3rd, 2011

RE: Joseph L., prospective chemistry instructor position

Professor:

I am a student at San Diego State University in the Chemistry department. I am currently pursuing a PhD with an Organic emphasis and doing research in a medicinal chemistry laboratory on campus. Last semester, I had a particularly challenging Organic Synthesis class, and I hired Joseph as an organic tutor for the semester. He did such a great job I recommended him to my friends, and two of those students also became regular clients.

Joseph has great skills for explaining these complex reaction systems, mechanisms, requirements for the reactions, the physical dynamics involved in why a reaction works one way as opposed to another. He has a great amount of patience when teaching the subject matter. Joseph was also able to bring real world experience to the paper drawings that are often organic chemistry reactions by explaining one could use this reaction in the process to make an imidazole drug, as an example. Not only was he able to help with the lecture portion of this class, but also give me some pointers for lab work I was doing with my research. He was well versed in instruments, their capabilities, and their downfalls for different types of compounds and reactions.

Joseph was also well prepared for each of our sessions. He would bring research papers he had found online about certain reactions. Joseph also had reaction synthesis diagrams already prepared for the problem set we would be working that day. I was always so pleased he had taken time out of his day to look at things we would be working on within our 2 hour time frame. To me, that went above and beyond the call of duty as a tutor.

I currently hold a masters in Pharmacology from the University of Florida, and I have taught General Chemistry as an adjunct at two Florida collegiate institutions. I understand the requirements teaching brings, and the requirements someone must have personally in order to be a successful professor. I truly feel Joseph would be a great addition to your program because of his chemical industry background knowledge, in addition to his ability to bring that high level knowledge down to a freshman chemistry student’s level. It’s one thing to know something, and a completely different animal to teach is effectively to someone else. So when I say Joseph can do this skill, I mean it.

If you ever have any questions please feel free to contact me at the information listed below. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you,

Alex
San Diego, CA