Billur Barshan's Letter of Recommendation Policy
You must have taken at least one course for which I was the
instructor, or have been engaged in a project/thesis under
You should have received at least a letter grade of B
from the courses/projects to request a letter of reference.
Graduate students working with me may be exempt from this
requirement if I can otherwise evaluate their work.
Letter of Recommendation Policy:
Both in the case of online submission and letters requested in paper format,
please fill out the reference letter forms of the University or Institution
as much as possible, including my contact details given below.
Please do this accurately, according to the contact information given below.
For letters requested in paper format, please do not supply any envelopes.
You must submit all the documents listed below
at least two weeks before you wish the letters to be prepared
as e-mail attachments in pdf format. The following should be submitted:
your most recently available transcript
and a statement of your ranking in your class
which can be obtained from the department secretary
or Students Affairs (Ogrenci Isleri).
your curriculum vitae or resume,
or a biography serving the same purpose in essay form.
a statement of purpose similar to those required
by most institutions as a part of their application package.
This can be combined with the essay biography
into a single essay if desired.
if available, results of any standardized tests
such as GRE, TOEFL, LES etc.
a signed list of which universities, companies, etc.
references should be prepared for and the relevant departments.
If you decide not to send the letter (in paper format)
I prepare for a particular institution
or decide to send it to another institution,
you must first inform me and return any unused letters.
Please ask for all your reference letters as a single batch,
not a few at a time. This applies to both online submissions and
letters in paper format.
If the institution is in Turkey, you should
indicate whether the letter should be written in English or Turkish.
If you are applying to departments other
than electrical engineering, please indicate so.
Billur Barshan, June 2014
Name: Billur Barshan
Title/Academic Rank: Professor
Affiliation: Bilkent University
Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Bilkent University, TR-06800 Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey
Telephone: (90-312) 290-2161
Fax : (90-312) 266-4192
e-mail : billur [at] ee bilkent edu tr
url : www.ee.bilkent.edu.tr/~billur