Letter of Recommendation for  MIPT Alumnus (01/2003)
The Physics Student admitted to Yale University, UC Santa Barbara

Prof. Petr P. Petrov
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Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT)
Institutsky per. 9, Dolgoprudny
Moscow Region, Russia 141700
Tel. 7(095) 408-0000

Letter of Recommendation                                     Applicant: Ivan Ivanov

I am delighted to support Ivan Ivanov's application to Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

I have known Ivan for more than 3 years. Initially, he was among 30 students out of approximately 600 who were exempted from entrance exams to MIPT due to their excellent performance on Russian Physics Olympiads. During his years at MIPT Ivan showed himself as a purposeful, self-organized person with very high intellectual capacity. He has been receiving extended scholarship from the Institute and was awarded with Landau Fellowship as a promising student-theorist. Being the Head of the State Examination Board at 3rd year studentsí Final Exam on General Physics, I highly appreciated Ivanís prominent knowledge of the subject.

Now Ivan specializes in theoretical physics at Landau Institute theory group. It is the most advanced theory group at our department. To enter this group one should pass highly competitive Landau Theoretical Minimum exam in Quantum Mechanics, based on Landau Theoretical Physics course and only a few students are able to do this. As for Ivan, he passed the exam half year before the deadline and was the 1st to be admitted in his year. This fact particularly emphasizes his outstanding potential and motivation to carry on advanced study in Physics.

Ivan gained excellent teaching experience at our Institute. He voluntarily worked as an instructor in physics and elementary mathematics at the School by Correspondence of MIPT, where he supervised about 30 schoolboys and schoolgirls during 2 years. As a responsible and very sociable person Ivan was chosen to be a monitor of his group, so he also has some public activity experience. I am sure that his ability to communicate easily will help him greatly in his future carrier of a physicist.

Ivanís academic achievements should also be emphasized by the fact that he is the youngest student at our department at his 4-th year. During 3 years I monitored Ivanís academic and personal growth and now I am convinced that Ivan belongs to top 2% of all MIPT students.

I have no doubts, that Ivan Ivanov would be a great addition to graduate program at MIT. He has my highest recommendation.

Sincerely,                                                                                       11/18/02
Prof. Petr P. Petrov

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