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References are best presented on a separate page. Before listing someone as a reference, you must seek his or her permission first to confirm this person is comfortable with providing you a strong reference and is aware that he or she will be contacted to support your application.

Think of faculty, supervisors, advisors, and other individuals that you work with and will give you a positive recommendation. For the most part, references should not be from family or friends unless you’ve worked together in a professional capacity.

On the reference sheet, include each reference’s name, title, address, phone number, and e-mail. You should also include your relationship to the reference, such as “Former Supervisor” or “University Professor.” At the top of your reference page, include the name and address heading from your resume so the documents match in style.


Sample References Page