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


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

I am pleased to write this letter of recommendation in support of Petr Petrovís 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


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