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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Does anyone actually publish “structured proofs”?

In 1995, Leslie Lamport published an essay in the American Mathematical Monthly titled "How to write a proof". In the essay, Lamport introduced the concept of a structured proof, in which the ...
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What is a typical GPA for a maths undergrad applying to grad school? [on hold]

I'm entering my 3rd year as a maths major, and I'm planning on applying to applied maths grad programs. Does anyone have any insight on how high a typical maths undergrad GPA is when applying to these ...
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What non-research activities are most valuable when applying for faculty positions in mathematics?

I am asking this question for two reasons: first to work on activities to strengthen my CV for the future, and second to write a plan for professional development activities as part of a grant ...
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How to find the right balance between a challenging and an enjoyable mathematics exercise session?

Next semester, I will be leading exercise sessions in a first year course of mathematics. More precisely, the course is Linear Algebra and the audience consists of young, first year undergraduate ...
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How can I keep my qualifications (employability) up to date? [closed]

Ok so I have a first class Degree in Maths with Computing and would really like to do something with this in the future. After university I joined the military which means I need to serve 4 years ...
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What advice do you have for writing a good paper which can be accepted? [closed]

I am a Phd student of mathematics and I am preparing a paper. My question is the following: what advice do you have for writing a good paper which can be accepted?
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GRE general and subjective ( edited ) [closed]

I am a Master's student in Mathematics @ IIT-Bombay, India (currently in my 2nd year). I am appearing for GRE (both general and Subjective). For GRE (general), this is what I have done so far: I ...
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Why is my theory not (yet) celebrated by scientific community? [closed]

Some mathematicians said that general topology in general and theory of proximity spaces in particular are dead (meaning that no new discoveries appear in this field of mathematics). I have ...
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What determines you have learned a (theoretical) subject? [closed]

My question primarily pertains to advanced/research level mathematics. I would like to know how you can determine whether you have learned a subject? Of course, you'll never master an entire subject, ...
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How to ask dumb questions

I am having trouble asking questions in seminars, conferences, and public talks. As a graduate math student I often fail to keep up with speaker and more mature members of the audience at events like ...
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Do Mathematics Grad schools in the US expect a research paper from a Masters Student for admission into a PhD Program?

I have recently joined a Masters program in Pure Mathematics in an Asian University. My course does not have a research component, only coursework like - Field Theory, Algebraic Topology, ...
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want to teach but not do research [closed]

In Mathematics, where every university teacher is expected to do research I find it very difficult to do research without any motive. I keep thinking "this is a useless thing" If there are like minded ...
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Can a high school student involved in a college credit program get an arXiv endorsement?

I'm 16, homeschooled, and I am taking dual credit at LoneStar. If I wanted to write a paper, unlikely, but I've toyed with the idea, would I be able to get a suitable endorsement from a mathematics ...
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Role of math in Computer Science [closed]

I've been wondering this for quite some time and decided to ask finally. What really is the role of math in computer science on higher levels like master's and PhD? Currently I am working on my BSc ...
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How to find the right balance between details and the main ideas?

I am a young PhD-student who just started doing real research in mathematics. Of course, this starts with learning stuff which has already been investigated. If I try to understand for instance a ...
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Can a maths undergraduate apply for a physics PhD? [duplicate]

Can a maths undergraduate apply for a physics PhD without going into masters program? Given that during his undergraduate course he published a couple of papers on physics in respectable physics ...
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What exactly happens in your arXiv account if you no longer have institutional affiliation?

The question is similar to this one but in addition I would like to ask the following: Don't I need to change my email address if I am no longer affiliated to an institution? Won't a new mail of the ...
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How should I interpret the result of AMS annual survey

I'm going to be a first year graduate student in mathematics and is thinking about which field to specialized in. Besides the important factors such as potential advisor I can find, personal interest, ...
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I'm admitted to a PhD program in mathematics, but only achieved a pass (no distinction) in masters. Will this affect my reputation in the PhD program?

I'm a maths student who did his BSc at a top 10 university in England and got solid first. After this, I decided to go to Cambridge to do Part III of the Mathematical tripos (a Masters). This was a ...
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What are the standard formats of publications for journals and conferences?

I am interested in journals of finance and the conference in mathematical and computational finance. Few give the template in the website, while few others don't.Where can i find some standard ...
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Is it bureaucratically correct or polite or protocolary fine to thank your committee members in a PhD dissertation?

My question is: I would like to thank the committee members of my PhD dissertation explicitly thanking them for their time and effort and writing down their names Prof. Name1, Prof. Name2, etc... ...
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How do math PhD admission committees view reading courses when your university doesn't offer graduate classes?

I go to a small liberal arts college most people haven't heard of, but I really want to get a PhD in math from a decent (top 20-ish) school. From what I can tell, many serious PhD applicants have a ...
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Would a masters in maths at a much lower ranked university be a good preparation for a masters course at a very top university?

I have finished my mathematics undergraduate degree in the UK at a low ranked university. I just missed out on a 2:2. I struggled with modules such as statistics and Operations research but excelled ...
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How can I assess my potential for a career in pure mathematics? [closed]

I am an undergrad computer science student thinking about switching to pure mathematics. I enjoyed all the math courses I took but I found really hard to keep up with some of them and did poorly this ...
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Age limit for research position or postdoc in pure mathematics?

I have read the questions in this website regarding age and PhD. But I couldn't find on age limit for specifically for pure mathematics and for an academic career (research position / postdoc / ...). ...
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Is it common for an undergraduate thesis in pure mathematics to prove something new?

What do undergraduate students in mathematics do for their thesis, if they have done one, besides expository or applied math? I was thinking that the kind of research they do is something applied, ...
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How to proceed after failing exam to advance into PhD program, and subsequently losing motivation? [closed]

I have completed masters in Pure Mathematics a year back. I was preparing for an exam for pursuing a PhD program in the same. The results came out in this year in the month of April and found that I ...
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How to make my work publishable if my supervisor isn’t any help?

I just finished a bachelor’s degree in applied maths. The thesis was designed to be a fairly formulaic implementation affair of an (obscure) NP-problem, but I happened to develop a novel heuristic ...
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What are specific strategies to help someone who doesn't do well under pressure get through a PhD?

Most of the time I do my work, any work, I always do it to perfection when not under pressure. But when I get pressure of submission, I tend to lose it. How do I deal with pressure especially now ...
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Reasonablity of evaluation methods in developed countries for Maths and Sci students

Globally considering, in many (or maybe all) developing countries professors/lecturers in universities only take mid-term and final few-hour-exams to evaluate students' learning. In some (or maybe ...
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What are some career options for Math PhDs who want to work in non-Western countries (e.g. Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Africa)?

I am about to enter a PhD program, and I am very interested in learning about opportunities that allow me to go abroad after I finish. During my undergraduate career, I studied in China for a year, ...
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Publishing an idea that came up on a conference?

Some weeks ago I went to a conference with some of the leading minds in my field of research. One of the speakers (professor A) mentioned a problem that bothered him and that was unsolved up to that ...
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How does a petty marijuana possession charge affect graduate admissions in math?

I was charged with possession of marijuana earlier this year. In my state, it's not a crime, just a violation with a fine. Technically, it's not even a conviction because there's a diversion program ...
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Does more knowledge enhance your chance of doing better and 'original' research (in mathematics)?

NOTE: I had asked this question in here, in my edit, but since it is irrelevant to that question, I moved it here as it is a separate question... I chose to study bulky books instead of attending ...
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How many hours a day on Mathematics as a successful student?

My motivation to ask this question actually comes from here, receiving negative reactions for 12 hours a day or even 7 hours spending time on Mathematics. A person usually spends 4.5 years to ...
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How to demonstrate programming knowledge in CV, while applying to academia and industry?

I'm currently looking for both postdoc position(preferred) and industrial position in areas where I'd need to do programming in the language(s) my lab/company will need me to. The academic areas I'm ...
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How can a non-native English speaker get assistance in publishing a manuscript in English?

I am not a native English speaker, and I am writing a paper in English (maths) with the aim of getting published in a peer reviewed journal. If I write the manuscript myself, the poor grammar would ...
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Which way is generally shorter to get an post associate degree on electrical engineeering with a bachelor in mathmatics? [closed]

Which way is generally shorter to get an U.S. post associate degree on electrical engineeering with a U.S. bachelor in mathmatics? In another word, is it generally shorter to get another bachelor in ...
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Are there PhD programs that do not require letters of recommendation?

I am applying for PhD in Mathematics. I am wondering if there are any schools or programs that do not require letters of recommendation. Do all graduate programs require these?
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Math teaching job after PhD in the United States for a foreigner

I am currently at the beginning of my math PhD career at university in the U.S. after getting higher and college education in Europe (where I am from).I have always liked teaching and math, but I'm ...
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How many papers should a PhD student in math try to publish before graduating?

I am wondering how many papers does an average academia-bound PhD student in math try to get published? I want to eventually work in a research-oriented university rather than a teaching-oriented ...
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When I was 16 I took 30 credits a quarter and my math GPA suffered will this effect my ability to go to grad school? [duplicate]

I took all my college level math courses when I was 16 in running start while taking 30 credits a quarter(don't ask me what was going through my head at the time). As you can imagine I got an average ...
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Does one need a master's in math before taking a PhD in math in Europe?

This question is a variation of my earlier questions. Okay so in the US, I guess one does not need a master's in math before pursuing a PhD in math since the US apparently usually assumes only a ...
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How possible is it to do mathematical research outside academia?

Does anyone know if it is possible for a Ph.D. graduate of mathematics to successfully do research in his/her spare time? The work environment and conditions in academia seem somewhat deplorable at ...
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What should I do if I found too many typos after my Ph.D. thesis being approved but before my oral defense in mathematics?

I am doing my Ph.D. in mathematics and did not have my thesis carefully proofread before submission (which is definitely a mistake that I wish to correct). My thesis was approved after submission and ...
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Is it ethical to post (part of) my research question on the internet?

I do research in math. A lot of times, I get stuck. I wonder if it's considered ethical to post questions on which I get stuck on internet sites, for example Math Overflow or Math Stackexchange. If ...
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Type of non-university, research jobs suitable for a mathematician turned computational neuroscientist, with coding experience

I've asked the same question on Math Overflow Background: I'm a Ph.D. in pure mathematics (late '13, related to differential geometry, low dimensional topology) turned into computational ...
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What matters most : published papers or GPA? (for scholarship and future career) [duplicate]

I studied BSc chemistry and because I didn't like it, my BSc GPA is 2.46. Alongside with BSc duration, I studied mathematics at home as a self-learner. Since my BSc-GPA was too low, so I got admission ...
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Finding a suitable research topic from outside academia

I'd like to find a suitable research topic (specifically, in mathematics) to work on, where 'suitable' means that it's publishable and amenable to being completed in, say, 6-12 months. While there are ...
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Is it a bad idea not to use slides in my Ph.D. oral defense?

I am preparing for my Ph.D. oral defense in mathematics and am reading tips from various resources. It seems that the usage of slides is usually assumed, though it is generally not required. For me, I ...