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					Dear Applicant:

Please print three “Personal Reference Forms”.

Below is the “Personal Reference Form”, which is a required part of your application packet.
You are to arrange for them to be completed by your referee/references. These letters MUST be
submitted with your application packet within sealed envelopes, with the referee’s signature
across the seal.

Have references from people who can best judge your chances for success in graduate work in
Geography. Positive recommendations from your geography professors can do much to help
your chances for admission. Recommendations from professors in other disciplines are also
very helpful, provided they know your capacity for academic work.

Before you pass the forms on to your referees, be sure to complete Part I.
Also, please mention to your referees the importance of filling out the part of
the form that is shaded in and begins “Please rank the applicant


Sincerely,


Antoinette WinklerPrins
Associate Professor and Graduate Supervisor
                                             PERSONAL REFERENCE FORM
                                       Michigan State University, Department of Geography
 Part I. TO THE APPLICANT: The Family Educational and Privacy Act of 1974 opens many student records for inspection.
 The law also permits students to sign a waiver relinquishing their rights to see letters of recommendation. Please complete the
 statement below (in Part I)

 I           waive                  do not waive my right to have access to this Personal Reference Form.

 _________________________________ Applicant's name (printed) ___________________________Date _____________
      Signature of Applicant

 Part II. TO THE REFEREE: The applicant named above is applying to the graduate program in Geography at Michigan State
 University. Please help us evaluate the applicant's promise by completing and returning this form to the student applicant in a
 sealed envelope with your signature across the seal.. Except where noted, your response to the questions below should be
 in the form of a clear mark on the line.
 PLEASE DO NOT SIMPLY CIRCLE OR CHECK THE WORDS BELOW THE LINE (e.g., Good, Excellent).

Feel free to comment on any of these items in your written statement (reverse side of form), in addition to the information provided below.

The applicant's overall promise as a graduate student:                                                                                                                                                           Unable to judge|


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     Fair                                                           Good                                                               Very Good                                                           Excellent


            Please RANK THE APPLICANT among other students you have known, at comparable levels of age and training.

      □ upper 1%                         □ upper 3%                         □ upper 6%                         □ upper 12%                           □ upper 25%                           □ upper 50%
The applicant's overall knowledge of Geography:                                                                                                                                           Unable to judge

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     Fair                                                Good                                                   Very Good                                               Excellent


The applicant's overall intellectual ability and curiosity:

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     Fair                                                    Good                                                       Very Good                                                   Excellent


The applicant's abilities in oral expression:

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     Fair                                                    Good                                                       Very Good                                                   Excellent


The applicant's abilities in written expression:

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     Fair                                                    Good                                                       Very Good                                                   Excellent


The applicant's commitment to graduate study:

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     Weak                                                     Moderate                                                              Strong                                          Very Strong


The applicant's emotional maturity and professional demeanor:

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     Fair                                                    Good                                                       Very Good                                                   Excellent


The applicant's work ethic, dependability and ability to complete tasks on time:

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     Fair                                                    Good                                                       Very Good                                                   Excellent


My ability, as a referee, to assess the applicant's success in graduate school:

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     Fair                                                    Good                                                       Very Good                                                  Excellent
Use the space below for additional comments that would help us evaluate the applicant, or enclose a separate
letter.




Referee's Name                                                   Title/position

Affiliation and/or Department

Signature                                                            Date

Please return completed forms to the student applicant in a sealed envelope with your signature across the seal.


Questions?? Contact: Graduate Secretary, Department of Geography, Michigan State University, East
Lansing MI 48824-1115 Phone 517-355-4650