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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Is it wise to select a PhD topic before choosing an advisor?

I am a student of Pure Mathematics interested in Linear Algebra and Abstract Algebra. I was browsing the Internet for good research topics containing both a flavor of linear algebra and also having ...
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How to choose between very good journals in mathematics?

I finished preparing a math paper, and am now trying to decide where to submit it. I read How do you judge the quality of a journal?, but it seems that the answers there mostly deal with how to judge ...
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advisor slow to submit my research article

For about 2 months now I have been sitting on a draft of what I think is a very nice research article, the first that I wish to publish. My advisor and some other professors have seen my arguments ...
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Does being a poorly-performing undergraduate researcher mean that I have little chance of being successful in graduate school?

I am an undergraduate student in mathematics, and I will be starting my third year of university in the fall. I recently attended an NSF "Research Experiences for Undergraduates" (REU) program. ...
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Where to solicit graduate student applicants for a unique teaching opportunity?

I am currently writing a grant proposal that involves a unique (and, I hope, very appealing) two-week teaching opportunity in the US for mathematics graduate students or recent Ph.D.'s. I want to ...
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Should I decide research field base on my performance on qualifying exam?

I'm about one year into a math Ph.D. program. With some scientific computing background in undergraduate and master study, my research interests are in numerical analysis/PDE or probability. All of ...
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Does “Science” encompass Mathematics?

Inspired by the question Does the term “science” encompass humanities and the social sciences?, I would like to ask a question that has been in my mind for decades. Does "Science" include Mathematics?...
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misleading typo in old paper [duplicate]

There is a nice paper from 1995 that has a typo in the abstract. The paper gives an example of a mathematical object which does NOT have a certain property, which I will call property X. But in the ...
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Is Math GRE not worth it?

Finished bachelor's and master's in mathematical finance. Applying for PhD in math, which may or may not be in a university that requires General GRE or Math GRE Based on my other questions (like ...
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Research in computational neuroscience or computational medicine in Europe [closed]

How popular is research in computational neuroscience, or computational medicine in (mainland) Europe? I'm aware that INRIA in France does some good work, but do you know any other such groups and ...
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Is it better to focus on relearning mathematics fundamentals or learn material as needed to understand research papers?

I am working toward a PhD degree and my major involves lot of mathematics. The problem is that my basis of math is not very strong but after putting a lot of time I can understand the theorems, lemmas,...
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Can a student with a weak or average undergraduate math GPA realistically become a professor?

I just finished my second year of undergraduate studies as a double major in computer engineering and mathematics at the University of Iowa. Although I came in believing that I wanted to become a ...
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Will not collaborating hurt the career of a math postdoc?

I am a math postdoc, and about to start applying for tenure-track (research oriented) jobs soon. Besides writing 2 papers with my Phd advisor while I was in graduate school, all the papers I wrote ...
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I can't find a masters thesis advisor. Can I publish independently in a math journal and get my MSc degree that way?

Is it possible publishing original work in math research without having an adviser? I had some thought of matrix multiplication which I posted in this forum which wasn't welcomed that well, I plan to ...
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Graduating a year early?

I'm considering graduating a year early and I'm having a bit of a hard time making the decision. I'm going to be as specific as possible so that I can get the best advice possible, so sorry if this ...
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What does a brief quick referee report mean?

A rather prestigious mathematical journal asked me recently to referee a paper. More precisely, they asked me to provide "a brief (but relatively quick) report". Does this mean that this is only a ...
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What is expected when submitting to a conference

I am planning to submit an abstract to a conference (pure mathematics). In the webpage they have the options of filling in the title, providing a pdf file of abstract and an option of providing a "...
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Are undergraduate math courses required to do well on the GRE subject test?

I'm in the process of selecting courses for my third year, and I wasn't planning on taking certain mathematics courses (in particular, "pure" courses, such as Algebra). However, upon speaking to come ...
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How to get in a Master program in Applied Maths coming from a Physics Background

I am having a big problem finding a master program in mathematics for which I can apply. My background briefly: I grew up in Brazil. I started learning physics and mathematics as autodidactic in high ...
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Review paper authored by a current collaborator

I have a simple question about a math paper, since I don't have a lot of experience in reviewing papers. I have currently received a request for reviewing a paper for publication. I would normally ...
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Does the Math GRE allow a calculator?

I can't seem to find the answer online. If no, can I assume no one would ever need to? I haven't looked at sample GREs yet because I haven't tried any yet, and I don't want these exams compromised ...
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How do professors view a student who has good grades but always asks stupid questions?

I am planning to apply for Ph.D programs in mathematics in U.S. and I am thinking about which professors I should ask for letters of recommendations from. In order to get "strong" letters, I need to ...
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Math GRE Coverage [closed]

TL;DR My understanding is that the Math GRE is supposed to test knowledge that is expected of someone who wants to pursue a math masteral or math PhD. So shouldn't it test knowledge that is expected ...
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Interpreting Math GRE chart

So in this data set, around 50/245 admitted prospective graduate students from 2009-2012 were part of the top 5% in his/her exam?
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Focusing on GRE, subject GRE, TOEFLS, IELTS before applying?

Applying to the US: I just finished my master's in mathematical finance. I want to apply for a PhD in math (but not in mathematical finance). Can I start applying this year while studying and taking ...
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Should I abandon an open math problem, if it hasn't been actively studied since the mid-1980s?

There is an open math problem that I am interested in. There was a lot of progress in fully working out the problem in low-dimensions and progress towards sub-problems of the main question up until ...
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Do published papers have to contain original work? [duplicate]

Can I turn my MSc thesis into a paper and can the paper get published if it does not have original work?
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Is any of today's applied mathematics research in academia still done primarily on pencil and paper?

Does there exist applied mathematics research that involves primarily pencil-to-paper work, without the use of computers? Or, are computers quickly replacing everything that an applied mathematician ...
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Would going to Teacher's College be useful, if my ultimate goal is to become a university math professor?

I am close to entering the fifth year of a five-year Concurrent Education program. What the program involves is four years spent working on a bachelor’s degree, while “on the side” taking education ...
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How should I assess my potential in mathematics? [duplicate]

I suppose my question does not only apply to undergraduate even though I am an undergraduate myself. If it is not appropriate for this site, please let me know. I am a math major student and I am ...
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Is it advisable to try and avoid attending a PhD program from a U.S. public university?

I read this Sunday's New York Times, which had a big article on the funding crisis of public universities - the Times went into detail about the school system, CUNY, but stated that similar problems ...
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How do the committees think of an international student who is exempt from the English admission requirement(TOEFL) but has poor GRE verbal score?

I am planing to apply for Ph.D programs in Mathematics in U.S. Since I have studied in U.S. for two years and eligible for TOEFL waivers according to the websites of many math departments, I don't ...
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Phd in Mathematics (Analysis, Analytical Number Theory) [duplicate]

Does one have to study algebra at a graduate level (master's degree) in order to do a Phd related to complex analysis and analytical number theory, or functional analysis and PDE? Is a master's degree ...
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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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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 non-...
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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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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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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 "...