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Caroline Whitbeck Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Emerita Professor in Ethics Case Western Reserve University Case Western Reserve University More Posts
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Getting a Recommendation
Secondary Title Getting a Recommendation


A scenario in which a PH.D. candidate needs recommendation letters and is unable to obtain them.

You are a Ph.D. candidate and expect to graduate in a few months. In your job search, you receive offers from several companies. The CEO of one of those companies asks you to send three recommendations (one from your advisor, two from your committee members).

You ask your committee members to give you a recommendation. One committee member, Jones, turns you down. Jones says that s/he does not think that s/he knows you well enough to write a recommendation. The other committee member, Smith, tells you that s/he is too busy to find time to write a recommendation.

What do you do?

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Contributor(s) Caroline Whitbeck
Notes Caroline Whitbeck introduced methods and modules for discussing numerous issues in responsible conduct of research at a Sigma Xi Forum in 2000. Partial funding for the development of this material came from an NIH grant. You can find the entire sequence on the OEC at Some information in these historical modules may be out-of-date; for instance, there may be a new edition of the professional society’s code that is referred to in an item. If you have suggestions for updates, please contact the OEC.
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Year 2000
Publisher National Academy of Engineering, Online Ethics Center
Language English
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    In this essay, Dr. Whitbeck outlines an 'agent-centered' approach to learning ethics. The central aim is to prepare students to act wisely and responsibly when faced with moral problems. She provides a number of examples and cases with descriptions of questions and directions for promoting student participation and stimulating thought and discussion.

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Cite this page: "Getting a Recommendation" Online Ethics Center for Engineering 9/11/2006 OEC Accessed: Thursday, December 8, 2016 <>