Dear Sir or Madam:
***, an outstanding student in my department, has requested a letter of recommendation to support her application for your Masterís degree programme. Being her former teacher and advisor for almost two years, I had the opportunity to work with her closely and assess her justly.
I personally believe *** ranks among the top 10% in terms of her excellent academic performance and charismatic personal character. She always quickly grasped the essence of the class and showed great eagerness for further academic research. She acheived exceptional high scores (95/100 and 89/100) in the final exams of my courses, which required highly theoretical analyzing ability and critical thinking skills.
When *** asked me to be her adviser for her independent research, I was pleased to agree. She overcame the shortage of enough familiarity with the facilities in her work very soon, acquired reliable date from complex backgrounds, did tedious laboratory experiments with patience and carefulness, and finally handled the research project successfully with her group. I praised her courage in doing academic research because there are few undergraduate students have a true interest in it, and found her really good at cooperation. I believe her maturity in dealing with various relationships comes from her early independent life which means she can adjust herself to a new environment easily.
Her grace in face of challenge became abundantly apparent to me during her second semester. To extend her study into related fields, she took many more elective courses than other students did, and participated in lots of extracurricular activities. Even when she was under enormous pressure, she was always able to maintain her high spirits, easy-going nature and optimism. As we all known, these characteristics and perseverance, combined with her team spirit, are quite important in research.
As an extraordinary senior student in our department, *** has been accepted as a graduate without normal mandatory admission exams. However, she told me about her plan to study further in the Netherlands at your prestigious university. Although I felt some regret on her decision to leave at first, I am convinced she will contribute greatly to your programme.
All in all, I support ***ís application for admission without any hesitation and reservation. Your kind consideration will be greatly appreciated.