Letters of Recommendation

This page describes the process for UMTYMP students to request a letter of recommendation. Each year we send out dozens of letters to colleges, scholarship programs, summer institutes, and other programs. We appreciate your help in streamlining the process by following the guidelines below.

Letters from MathCEP/UMTYMP are generally written by Professor Rogness, the Director of the program. This provides a level of consistency and can also make for a much more compelling letter. Many of our instructors work with UMTYMP for two or three years before moving on to another position, whereas Professor Rogness has been teaching mathematics at the University since 1999, and can put a student's performance in UMTYMP into a broader context. Most students have had two semesters worth of classes (or more) with Professor Rogness by the time they request a recommendation, and before writing a letter he will gather information from any other past or current instructors.

To request a letter of recommendation, download the PDF icon this form, which contains information about the process, a release form, and a questionnaire. Submit the release form and questionnaire to the UMTYMP office at least two weeks before your first letter is due, along with addressed envelopes for each application. (If you can hand everything in even earlier, so much the better!) Email mathcep@umn.edu before submitting your forms if you have any questions about the process.

Parents sometimes help coordinate the process for young students, e.g. a sixth grader who needs a recommendation to apply to a summer program. Even with older students, parents who also work on campus might help out by dropping envelopes or other materials off at our office. For letters of recommendation for college and university applications, however, all requests and communication should come from the student, and not the parent.

Our letters of recommendation will be sent directly to schools or online application systems. UMTYMP faculty will not share letters of recommendation with school counselors, consultants, or other third-parties. If you're using such a service, or if your school submits applications using Naviance, plan ahead. Some schools add Prof. Rogness as a recommender in their Naviance system, but you should check this with your counselor well before any deadlines. In most cases we submit electronic or paper copies of letters directly to schools, who are happy to combine the letter with the rest of your application file.

Please follow these guidelines:

  • Make sure to sign any line waiving your right to view the letter. On the forms for MIT or the Common Application, for example, this appears near the top of the page.
  • We can also submit electronic letters of application (e.g. through the online Common Application system). You should still bring all of the forms to the office at the appropriate time, and make sure to submit Professor Rogness's name to the online system two weeks in advance as well. You can use the email address rogness@umn.edu
  • There is no need to stamp each envelope; we will run the envelopes through our postage machine.
  • Please fill out as much information as you can on the forms which should accompany the letter. For the two most frequent forms (MIT and the Common Application), that includes the following. (Note that if a form asks for a "High School" or "Secondary School" you can strike through the word "High" or "Secondary" just to emphasize that this letter comes from a university.)
Name: Dr. Jonathan Rogness
Position: Associate Professor, Mathematics
School: University of Minnesota
Address: Vincent Hall 4, 206 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Phone: 612-625-2861
Email: rogness@umn.edu
Subject Taught: College Mathematics
Teacher since: 1999

Recommendation Request

Download this PDF and follow the instructions on the first page to request a letter of recommendation from UMTYMP.