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

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION

Applicant: Ivan Ivanov

Recommender: Prof. Petr P. Petrov

I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation in support of Petr
Petrov’s application to Princeton University.

I have known Ivan for almost two years. He attended my lectures on XX on
his 2-d year at MIPT, and lectures on XX on his 3-rd year. Many times we
had discussions that lay beyond the scope of my lectures and Ivan showed
profound understanding of the material and proficiency in these areas. I
personally examined him and gave him excellent marks on both courses.

Ivan has remarkable ability to grasp quickly the essence of new ideas
and complicated concepts, such as those of Special Relativity and
formalism of Quantum Mechanics, which distinguishes him from many others
MIPT students. I should also mention his strong background in
mathematics, which is very important for future theorist.

Upon finishing his 3-rd year at MIPT Ivan joined theory group at Landau
Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Enrollment to this group is highly competitive and based on the results
of special examination on Quantum Mechanics, called Landau Theoretical
Minimum. The exam requires the knowledge of large amount of material
which is not included into the curriculum and had to be mastered by a
student independently. The fact that Ivan passed Theoretical Minimum
successfully characterizes him as a very ambitious person with great
potential for future specialization in any field of theoretical physics.

I consider Ivan as one of the top 2% of all MIPT students. His ability
for independent learning, quick mastering of sophisticated material and
mathematical skills make him an excellent candidate for Graduate program
in Physics at Princeton University. I strongly recommend him for
admission.

Yours sincerely,
12/11/02

P.P. Petrov

XX Titles

Department of XX

Institute for XX

Moscow region

Russia, 111111