To Whom It May Concern: It is my pleasure to recommend NikaSokolova for the Biotechnology MSc programme at Chalmers University of Technology. During her studentship at Odessa National University Nikahas proved herself to be active and initiative, engaging in various studentactivities. In particular, she volunteered for several scientific conferencesheld at our university, where she showed exceptional responsibility,mindfulness and organizational skills. Nika’s keen interest in sciencebrought her to my lab to conduct research 2 years before I became herscientific adviser. Over the time we worked together she demonstratedperseverance, often being the last person to leave the lab. Her curiosity andcreativity caused her to constantly generate new ideas for her research, whichis now aimed at finishing her thesis.
Throughout her studies she has shownoutstanding academic results. I was responsible for the “MolecularGenetics of Microorganisms” course she took. Nika clearly has a talent forexact sciences and scientific inquiry, as well as solid theoretical backgroundand problem solving skills. Nika is a highly motivated andpersistent student; being in competitive environment and constantly challengingherself is essential for her development. I have been able to observe theeffect of her Erasmus+ experience: she came back more confident, enriched withnew knowledge and full of fresh ideas on how to improve our faculty. Forinstance, she actively participated in the establishment of Journal Club whichis now flourishing.
Nika has brilliant communicationskills. During discussions she demonstrates oral articulateness and goodanalytical ability. Nika also showed good teamwork skills in group assignments,ready to take responsibility when necessary. She is always enthusiastic aboutparticipating in scientific conferences and seminars, her delivery is clear,confident and concise; she pays just as much attention to other lecturers’reports, eager to communicate and dig deeper into their research. The programme seems to be perfect forher, since she talks about it with great vigour and enthusiasm.
Application ofbio- and nanotechnology in medicine is what she is most excited about, andpursuing such a programme would definitely boost her career. I am convincedthat with proper knowledge and skills Nika could be one of the pioneers of thisfield in Ukraine, where it is at the early stage of development. Overall, I consider Nika to be bothhighly intelligent and socially active; her sharp mind, communication skillsand personal qualities altogether present an enormous potential for her toactively participate in development of science and society.
I believe Odessa National Universitywould be extremely proud to have raised an SI grantee; after her study periodshe would come back with new knowledge and experience, a prospective youngresearcher and teacher, now ready to share her knowledge with others. Biotechnology and nanotechnology,which are Nika’s fields of interest, are new to our University; I am convincedthat she could bring some ideas and concepts into the education process. Herexample would encourage other students, exactly like it did after she got theErasmus+ grant. And last but not least, not only isit important for our University, but also for the country in general. It iscrucial to increase the role of science in Ukraine nowadays, and sharingknowledge and successful educational concepts might be one of the best ways todo it. In my opinion, Nika Sokolova is anexcellent candidate for the scholarship and has my highest recommendation.Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.