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I'm thinking about approaching my lecturers in my university for student recommendation for me to hire. So far the emails I sent are not very encouraging. The lecturers either coming back to me, saying that they couldn't get good students, or just ignore my mail. I tried to be as polite as I could in the email, so I think it's not etiquette issue that turn them off.

Still, I plan to visit my campus. What are the things I can do to maximize your chances of hitting good programmers in the campus? Any experience you can share?

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Drive really fast through the labs? –  Shog9 Mar 17 '11 at 4:53
    
ah! free or almost free motivated uncorrupted talent base ready for you to mold.Maybe they are just taking time as their reputation might be questioned if they recommend some one unsuitable. –  Aditya P Mar 17 '11 at 5:23
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Organize a class or a competition. This gives something to the university. In return, it grants you access to the students and the firsthand opportunity observe the quality of the students.

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I would suggest talking to seniors, or at least people who are doing SI sessions because those sessions are typically run by juniors or seniors who are pretty into what they're doing. If you can find one good programmer, they'll be able to point out other good programmers (they're probably friends with a good amount) much better than a professor or TA could.

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Just wonder, What is SI? –  Graviton Mar 17 '11 at 3:36
    
Supplemental Instructor/Instruction –  Ryan Sep 19 '11 at 19:48
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