Recommendation request

Dear colleague,

One of your recent / former students is applying for a PhD position at the International Max Planck Research School (IMPRS) for Organismal Biology and asked for your recommendation. We strongly appreciate your assessment and consider it a central component of our evaluation procedure.

Here, we kindly ask you to give your frank opinion of the candidate’s personality, academic experience, and intellectual merit.
Please consider the following points in your evaluation:
How well do you know the candidate, and for what length of time did you have contact with her/him? What is your impression of the candidate’s intellectual capacity and research ability? How does the candidate rank among the students you have encountered so far? Do the candidate’s strengths lie more in theoretical or experimental work? Did you supervise the candidate in a research project? How important were the candidate’s contributions? Did the candidate contribute her/his own ideas?

Would you please be so kind to fill out this online evaluation form and upload a written letter of recommendation? Please make sure to upload your recommendation letter before the deadline of application has expired (
January 15, 2016), otherwise the application of this candidate can not be processed any further.

The IMPRS for Organismal Biology is jointly conducted by the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen and Radolfzell and the Biology Department of the University of Konstanz, Germany. More information about our program can be found at our homepage

Feel free to get in touch with me directly (; +49-(0)7531-884916) in case you have any questions regarding the application procedureor our PhD program.

Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Mäggi Hieber Ruiz
Program Coordinator

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*Name of applicant
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*Last name (please without title(s))
*First name
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*Period of time worked with applicant

Please, rate the candidate's overall scientific ability and promise relative to a representative group of students with a comparable level of education using the following scale from 1-7:

1 = Below average
2 = Average
3 = Above average
4 = Good (top 30%)
5 = Very good (top 15%)
6 = Outstanding (top 10%)
7 = Exceptional (top 5%)
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Theoretical knowledge
Experimental ability
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Ability to work independently
Ability to work in a team
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This registration system has been created by S. Greber and W. Grieger, GWDG, Göttingen.