Hi everyone, as you may notice, UBC added reference letters to their DMD application this year, and at least one letter should be from a science professor in an upper level science course (300 level or higher).
This requirement is giving me a hard time because I finished undergrad two years ago. Few months after I graduated, I tried reaching out to the one and only undergrad professor who knew me well enough to be a referee, asking for a reference for my Master's research grant, he didn't reply I doubt if he will say yes to my new request, especially since I haven't talked to him in two years... As I now have a Master's degree, my thesis supervisor could be another option for my academic reference, and I know he would happily write me a strong reference.
However, UBC seems to strongly prefer a reference from undergraduate level. The first time I asked them if my Master's supervisor is okay, they said: "We require an Upper Level Academic Reference. If the supervisor is upper level, then yes this will be fine." But then as I emailed back asking for clarification what upper level means, they replied:"Upper-level would be as you mentioned – a faculty member who teaches or assists in undergraduate upper-level courses. It would be preferable to receive an upper-level referee. I am unable to advise any further who you should select."
Could someone please help me interpret what they meant? Are they saying NO to a graduate-level reference? Is there someone else who has been out of undergrad for a while? Do you try contacting your undergrad professors or do you go with a graduate-level referee?