This letter of recommendation is for Caleb, a young man I have had the pleasure
of knowing for the last 20 months. As a professor emeritus, I have come in
contact with thousands of college and graduate students. However, Mr. Caleb
stands out as a very extraordinary one with his research and teaching
capability, personality and what is more, his "academic spirit".
During his graduate study, he worked as my research assistant first, then as a
teaching assistant of our department. Usually it is hard for someone to be good
at even either one. However, as his adviser, I was pleased to find thatboth
works he did was far exceeding what is called good. For example, unlike most
other graduate students who are eager to publish essays and thus fear to take
pains to make exhaustive investigation for their research, Mr. Caleb made
extensive survey for his in the project sponsored by Science and Tech
Commission of "Chicago" municipal government.He searched every possible source
of information within his reach and affords for related materials. As far as I
know, he has been to Beijing to the National Library of China, Science and Tech
Information Center, Tsinghua University s Library and most public libraries of
"Chicago". He searched both in library and on web, which is a totally new
approach to us. Neither was Mr. Caleb satisfied with second-hand information
only. During the process, he also interviewed with supervisors of some
scientific institutes of "Chicago" to obtain first-hand information.
His teaching is equally praiseworthy. I often heard his students said that
Mr.Caleb s lectures were interesting and enlightening and they loved to listen
to his lectures. In fact, he has his own teaching style.To my knowledge,it is
quite western. In other words, he pays more attention to arouse the desire of
seeking knowledge among his students instead of maintaining a quiet and rigid
lecture atmosphere as most other teachers do.Thus you can imagine his lectures
are full of discussions, laughter and eager eyes of learning.
His personality also impressed me so much. I would like to take only one case
among numerous ones as example.This summer, I happened to have some thesessent
to a professor who lived in another university for his review.It was so urgent
that I could not wait even one more moment. Then I got Mr. Caleb to do it. He
nodded without even hesitation. It sounds like not a big deal. However, it was
scorching outside at noon then and it took him almost 1 hour s bike ride back
Besides his research, teaching capability and personality,I think I should
bring up the overwhelmingly strong point of Mr. Caleb--his academic spirit.
Although I know that it is hard to define what is called "academic spirit", Mr.
Caleb does prove it through his independence on his research, innovative
perspective and commitment to academic activity. Frankly, I think it is the
"academic spirit"that distinguishes him from thousands of college and graduate
students I have ever known. With the "academic spirit", Mr. Caleb is marching
steadily towards his career goal--an ideal scholar with time goes by.
One more point. Mr. Caleb s English is excellent compared to most college or
graduate students I have ever known.For example, "Chicago" municipal
govern-ment held "International Friendship Month" and invited many foreigners
(including guests from Clevend, U.S.A.) last summer. Mr. Caleb was chosen as
one of 6 volunteer interpreters out of nearly 300 college and graduate
studentswho applied the positions. Therefore I am sure that he will adapt to
the rigors of graduate school life in U.S. without any great difficulty.
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