On standards or conventions specific to mathematics as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field.

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In the mathematical sciences, how much advisor contribution is expected on joint papers?

I'm a PhD student in the math sciences. I've written a few papers, each officially coauthored with my advisor, although essentially all of the research and writing was my own. The story is the same ...
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graduating Ph.D student (in algebraic topology) looking for a job [on hold]

I am a Ph.D student studying algebraic topology, in mathematics. I will graduate soon and I am looking for a job. My Ph.D topic is about (co)homology and vector bundles. I have obtained a master ...
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Can computer science student do PhD under supervisor in mathematics?

I am masters in information security. I want to do PhD in cloud security. I am currently studying homomorphic encryption. My supervisor knows abstract algebra and has PhD in mathematics(abstract ...
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Starting an REU late because of quarter system?

So I am really looking forward to participating in math REUs after sophomore and junior years in college, but I just noticed that since I am on a quarter system I will only be done with finals at ...
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What is expected in a masters thesis of a mathematics student?

What is the level of work expected in the masters thesis of a student of maths? I know some people's works are worthy of publications while some involve only studying some topic in detail from a book ...
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Can mathematics professors do consulting work external to their university?

Is it generally true that mathematics professors do not / cannot engage in consulting work external to their universities? If I'm not mistaken, plenty of business school / law school / economics ...
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What is the equivalent of French Travaux Diriges (TD) in Anglo-Saxon Universities ? and who leads them?

I made my predoctoral and doctoral studies in France. Even after a few postdoctoral years in Anglo-Saxon like Universities, I am still lost for some mapping between the French system and the ...
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Submitting to a journal that requires a French abstract as a non-French-speaker: how important is the French abstract?

I'm a non-French-speaking mathematician submitting an English paper to a French journal that requires a French abstract (but publishes papers in English). I don't think I know anyone I'd be ...
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Citing Math Lesson Plans

If I am creating lesson plans, do I need to cite the various websites I use for my work? It is for math, and the information I have used is found in thousands of sites. I have not taken any lesson ...
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How to deal with consequential rounding errors when verifying the works of others?

to give a stupid example of a rounding error: on a test, the student is asked to calculate the circumference of a circle with radius 6.2. You personally did the math with π rounded to 3.14 and ...
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Career Advice (Math Major): Industry or Academia [closed]

I have one year left until I graduate with a bachelors in pure math, and as registration rolls around for next fall I need some advice on deciding which path I should go down. Ultimately it comes down ...
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What are the best career areas in Social Computing for a student of Computer Science and Mathematics? [closed]

If someone would like to contribute his or her computing and math/statistical research efforts in Social Computing, then what career areas are ideal and beneficial keeping in view the current issues ...
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Should I cite a paper that I haven't read if I use a theorem in it?

In my Master's thesis I use a theorem that is recent enough that I could find the article where it is proved, but I've actually learned the theorem and its proof in two books by other authors. Is it ...
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Graduate School in Physics [closed]

I'm an Economics and Mathematics major at a college in Pakistan; I am, however, looking to make the transition to go to graduate school in Physics. Putting the reasons aside, I'd be looking to apply ...
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What are some good ways to figure out one's interests in mathematics, before applying to PhD programs?

Are there mathematics seminars to attend in the summer, or do they typically only occur during the academic year? I am referring to American universities. An idea I had last night was to YouTube ...
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How should one decide whether to study logic in a math or philosophy department?

In particular, besides the more obvious fact that your courses and qualifying exams are going to be in different fields, are there any subtler reasons to prefer one department over another? Some ...
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What are the differences between a PhD in Statistics and a PhD in Applied Math?

Both types of programs will have predominantly undergraduate / master's level mathematics majors, both programs' students will likely take courses in measure-theoretic probability theory (so that ...
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After six months under review and after an e-mail to the editor

I submitted a 3-paged paper to a journal of MAA at November. I did not get a responce from the editor until the fifth of May so I decided to send an e-mail to the editor to ask (in a very polite way) ...
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How to learn advanced math and statistics at my own pace? [closed]

I have not a very strong mathematical nor statistical background. This fact has not prevented me to work in a data analysis department because of my programming skills. I know the basics of important ...
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How many math PhD spots are offered each year by the top 50 US programs?

I'm trying to estimate how many math PhD offers are awarded each year in the United States, say at the top 50 schools, if that constraint helps. (I'm interested in departments called "math," not ...
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Do professors from different fields use the same data set in different ways?

I have no experience with data analysis but a data analysis project was offered to me in the past by one of my math professors. It would have been a PCA project, where PCA means "Principle Component ...
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What happens if a math PhD student fails to find a proof that is the main objective of his/her thesis topic?

How exactly do Math theses/dissertations work? Is it fair to assume that the work involves trying to prove something? What happens if you can't? I did a thesis in Computer Science, and though my ...
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Is choosing to study algebra during a math PhD riskier than studying analysis? [closed]

I've noticed that some algebra / number theory / geometry students seem to come to a dead-end in mathematics and tell me, "yea, no more math for me, no way, can't wait to be done with it", while the ...
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How to emphasize the main contributor to a paper when the field typically orders authors alphabetically?

I am working on a graph theory paper with two of my friends. The problem stated in the paper is solved by me. However, our supervisor professor pointed out that in all of the graph theory journals ...
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When applying to a Phd in Physics or Math , do grades in unrelated courses I took have any effect on my admission?

I'm currently studying (Undergraduate) Physics in a University where, regardless of their department, every student must take some English, Turkish and History courses, which I don't want to attend. ...
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How to deal with results that are given as exercises

I'm currently writing my thesis in mathematics and in the introductory part I want to give a brief overview over a field I'm not very familiar with. There are some results in the book I'm reading ...
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Thesis Advisor conundrum

Last semester, I took class A and loved the material. It was a subject I excelled in and professor A' was someone I understood well. I thought it was perfect to take the course 2A and make A' my ...
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Possibility of skipping lower level prerequisites for graduate math application? [closed]

I am a non-traditional student interested in entering a graduate program in statistics or applied mathematics (to study probability / complex systems modeling). I have an undergraduate degree in a ...
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Could somebody tell me what's this degree in maths called in EU or USA? [closed]

In my country, Argentina, the standard Mathematics course is about 6 years long, and it gives you a degree with title called "Licenciado en Ciencias Matematicas". Could someone tell me how's this ...
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Is it okay to ask for a letter of recommendation more than a year before applying to a master's program?

Not too complicated of a situation -- I'm graduating with my bachelor's degree (Mathematics) in a couple weeks, but to support my wife, I'm going to get a job for a while before looking at attending a ...
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Is a PhD in a specific field of mathematics (combinatorics) instead of a mathematics PhD disadvantageous in faculty applications?

In recent years I have become aware of a few PhD programs specifically in combinatorics and optimization. Most notably, Georgia Tech and Carnegie Mellon both have PhD programs in Algorithms, ...
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America community college reading class [closed]

I am British and very confused by the American system (although this is most likely due to my friend not knowing anything due to their situation). I am asking this question to help a friend that lives ...
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Should I include my acknowledgements, when sending dissertation revisions to my adviser? [duplicate]

So I just finished writing my dissertation. WHEW!!!! I had some minor revisions, so my adviser needs to sign off on it before I submit it to the school. Naturally, I am going to thank my adviser in my ...
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What is the percentage of Bachelor or higher degree holder that finish calculus 3?

What is the percentage of Bachelor or higher degree holder that finish multivariable calculus in US? Please list your reference
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How much teaching is expected on a CV for a graduating PhD student (mathematics)?

In previous comments/discussion (which I cannot find at this moment) a few people from this site noted that PhD students (in math/CS) should make sure they acquire a good amount of teaching experience ...
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How much value is given to a recommendation letter written by a foreign professor? (Grad school/math)

I'm about to finish my undergraduate degree in mathematics in France, and expect to be close to the top of my class in a top university here. Next academic year, I will be studying for a master's at ...
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Citation policies: original papers or recent monographs?

When referencing previous results, should one cite the original paper(s) or a recent comprehensive monograph? Specifically, in my area of interest (a relatively recent branch of mathematics), ...
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Can you get a Mathematics PhD if you're an engineer? [duplicate]

I'm a Software Engineering and Mathematics student. And I'll probably get my engineering degree much sooner than my Maths degree (I'm not sure I'll get it, but I'll try, as Eng. takes a lot of time ...
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Why are positions in math so hard to come by nowadays? [closed]

Whenever I've heard math professors talk about job prospects in academia, they indicate that the job market has gotten much tougher over the years. Is it true that it is harder now than it used to be ...
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Completing German master's programs in less than allotted time

I'm considering applying to master's programs in mathematics over in Germany (e.g. Bonn, Berlin Mathematical School). The stated time for these programs is two years. Should I get accepted and ...
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can you enlist the best math/stat courses finished before apply for PhD Statistics? [closed]

I have a masters in Economics (graduated 2010) w/ three econometrics courses and a math course that went up to introducing differential equations (very basic). Then I went ahead and started working in ...
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How to contact professors as a high school student?

I am a high school student who is interested in mathematics. As such I have been emailing several professors from prominent universities. I have been running into trouble when trying to figure out ...
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Math Research after undergraduate degree and before graduate school

I graduated with a bachelor's in math a few years ago and this year I've applied to several graduate programs and have been rejected. One of the graduate coordinators gave me some very helpful ...
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How to improve profile for graduate admissions in mathematics, when coming from a country where quality of math education is poor?

What should I do after BS Maths before applying to a well reputed institute for masters and PHD in maths, given that my BS was done from a less developed country where quality of math education is ...
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How do I best disclose the Incomplete grade in the application?

Background Story: I was studying mathematics abroad as an exchange student for a year at one of their top universities. The first semester was very stressful for me, making me not able to complete ...
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Is it a red flag for a PhD program if their graduating students cannot find postdoc?

I got accepted to one of my top choice schools for a math Ph.D. However the graduate students there said in the past few years, the Ph.D.s before them (both pure and applied math) had quite a bit of ...
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Etiquette: senior and junior professors co-advising

I'd like to ask two professors who work at my university to be the co-advisors of my Masters thesis (mathematics). They work in the same research group on (almost) the same topic (which is ...
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Is there such a thing as fraud in mathematics?

Can you commit fraud in a mathematics publication? Or is this a privilege of empirical sciences? If a mathematician jumps from one bit of information to another that does not follow logically, from ...
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What should a student look for in an undergraduate thesis topic/supervisor?

I am an undergraduate student (in maths) looking for a topic and supervisor for my thesis. What criteria should I use to judge whether a project/supervisor combination will make for a good thesis and ...
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Does there exist Top 50 rankings of applied math phd programs?

For example, if one were to apply to Top 50 business schools for a full-time MBA program, one could get rankings from the NYTimes, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World ...