Letter of Recommendation for  MIPT Alumnus (01/2002)
The Physics Student admitted to Harvard


Applicant: Ivan Ivanov
Recommender: Prof. Petr P. Petrov

I have known Ivan Ivanov for two years. Being a second-year student he attended my lectures on Electromagnetic Field Theory and in the next academic year - lectures on Quantum Mechanics I. While he was studying my course I was surprised of his remarkable abilities of learning and grasping the essence of new ideas. Several times we discussed problems beyond the scope of my courses, and Ivan demonstrated proficiency in this areas, as well as strong analytical abilities. Upon completing each course of lectures I examined him. In both exams Ivan showed deep understanding of the subject and I gave him excellent marks.

Year ago Ivan seriously decided to involve himself in theoretical physics. He was determined to join Landau Institute theory group, where he could be engaged in studying any field of theoretical physics most effectively. This group is not an ordinary one. The point is that from very beginning every undergraduate student is attached to a certain department  (at the  Faculty  of  General  and  Applied Physics) but he  can  rather  easily  change  the  department.  But enrolment in Landau Institute theory group is based on  the  results  of  special examination, called Landau Theoretical Minimum. It requires knowledge of some material which  is  not included in the curriculum and  therefore  had  to  be studied  by Ivan himself. As the number of vacancies is much fewer than  the number of students who wish to join the  group  the  contention  is really competitive: most students  fail  to  pass  the  examination although they have enough knowledge to receive  excellent marks at the ordinary exams in  theoretical  physics. By now Ivan have passed Theoretical Minimum exams in Field Theory (Electromagnetic and Gravitational) and Quantum mechanics. That  Ivan passed them  successfully characterizes him as a person who has  great will and the potential to study theory in physics.

Taking all this into account, I consider Ivan as one of the best students I know and  enthusiastically  recommend  him  for graduate study at Your University.


Yours sincerely,
P.P. Petrov                                                                                                             19/11/01
Corresponding member of
Russian Academy of Sciences

Department of Theoretical Physics
Institute for High Energy Physics
Protvino, Moscow region
Russia, 142284

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