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

Dr. Petr P. Petrov,
Professor of Physics,
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology,
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Letter of Evaluation
Applicant: Ivan Ivanov

I have been teaching physics at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology for 30 years. I also take part in developing laboratory assignments and practice exercises for all MIPT students. Ivan Ivanov attended my weekly lectures and seminars on XX Physics during his 3-rd year of education at MIPT, so I know him quite well to give him proper evaluation.

Ivan is very creative and broad-minded student. He always proposed original ideas and presented non-standard approaches to the problems discussed on my seminars. He possesses a brilliant physical intuition Ė the most important skill of a good physicist, which allows him to choose an appropriate physical model to tackle effectively most complicated physical problems. I am sure he is the strongest 4-th year student at MIPT now.

The course of Solid State Physics was especially interesting for him. He surprisingly fast mastered the ideas of quasi-particles and Bose and Fermi distribution, which are usually understood rather hard by other students. For his Final Physics Examination in June XX he has studied several articles on Quantum Hall Effect and presented an excellent report. He accomplished this rather difficult for a junior task on his own will, so I think he has a real interest and high potential for research in modern physics. By now Ivan has decided to specialize in theory, and I think his excellent abilities for qualitative analysis of physical problems will be of great help to him in his future theoretical research.

I should also mention here that Ivan is a very nice, tactful person and easy to communicate with, thus he would be good at collaborative work. I am confident that he will succeed as a graduate student in Physics.

I regard Ivanís intellectual abilities as truly exceptional and highly recommend him for graduate study at UC Berkeley. Please feel free to contact me  if I can be of further assistance.

Sincerely,                                                15/11/02
Prof. P.P. Petrov


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