This is the tag for discussions about Mathematics and programs that lead to a degree in this field.

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Slowest/fastest growing mathematical branches [on hold]

I am going to make short research about fastest and slowest growing branches of mathematics and I am looking for information. Also number of publication per every branch and year of publication would ...
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Undergraduate research in mathematics

I am a European student applying for a PhD in mathematics in the US. Browsing the internet, I have come across quite a lot of American PhD applicants claiming that they have several years of research ...
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Will preparing for the mathematics GRE help me towards my goal of doing research in applied mathematics?

I did my graduation in electronics engineering from India, and an M.Sc. that concentrated on certain "sub-specializations" (communication, DSP and control engineering) from a UK university. I was ...
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Do mathematics researchers regularly solve problems like this?

I'm not sure that this is the right exchange for this question. It asks about the possibilities of research in mathematics and computer science. Extended Background I am very interested in ...
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Getting second masters degree in similar field

In May, I will graduate with a Master's Degree in Mathematics from a school ranked #201 in the U.S (for undergraduate education). It is unranked in graduate school rankings (for my program). I am ...
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How to improve myself as a recitation (discussion,lab,tutorial) teacher?

This question is related to How to improve myself as a lecturer?. However, being a PhD student, my main teaching obligation is leading recitations, i.e. sessions for groups of ~20 students that take ...
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How do I know the impact factor of a certain journal is true? [duplicate]

I am new in publishing, I have never published a paper, and nowaday there are too many online journals. That made me suspicious about their reputation, and it is not easy for me as a beginner in ...
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What are the ethics of getting help from online forums?

As an engineer, sometimes in my research I come across a mathematical problem that either is beyond my mathematical skills, or I know that someone, somewhere must have seen something like it before ...
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Authorship issues in numerical mathematics

I have been working on a draft in the area of numerical mathematics for several months. My PhD advisor recently discussed this draft with me. He wants to be mentioned as an author for (i) some ...
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Is it possible for me to seek a Ph.D. position in the future?

Currently, I am a M.S. student in Applied Mathematics division, and I will graduate in the coming Dec, 2014. But I want to apply to a PhD. program to continue my study. But I have a complicated ...
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Is it possible to do a Master's in Mathematics after a Bachelor's in Economics?

I'm currently an Economics student in my second year (only just begun).I've come to realise that I'd like to study mathematics further (pure or applied) since I'm missing the subject ever since school ...
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Can we get a PhD in mathematics without publishing?

Do many universities allow students to get a PhD in mathematics without publishing a paper?
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Percentage of PhD's in mathematics with no publications

I have recently read the following statistics in the book "The Survival of a Mathematician: From Tenure to Emeritus" by Steven G. Krantz, which seems a little odd: It is a hard fact that more than ...
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Theoretical biology curriculum [closed]

I am really passionate about theoretical and quantitative biology and I would like to build my future career around this topic. I've just got my bachelor's degree in biology (ecology) and I will ...
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How to correct a fundamental error in a series of papers made by a colleague of your adviser?

I am a PhD student in mathematics. I recently found a fundamental error in a method used in a series of papers. My adviser confirmed that. One of those wrong papers was authored by a researcher who ...
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Benefit of Putnam exam

I am generally interested what are the benefits of Putnam (from both students and Professors' point of view), apart from the fact it is fun (for some) to solve difficult maths problem. I recently read ...
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Leave out the last chapter as it anyway should be addressed in second edition?

I am an amateur (not affiliated with an academy) mathematician. I have written a research monograph (see my site). The current status of the book is that it is well written and is reasonably checked ...
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What to do if I can't find references about a listed project of my potential supervisor

I am currently preparing for my graduate school application. There is one professor whose research interest in general matches mine. He has listed several potential research projects for prospective ...
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Scholarships for master degree in pure mathematics

I have been searching for universities to study a master degree in pure mathematics in Europe or USA but I am a little concerned about the fees and the cost because I cannot afford that amount of ...
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Is it more difficult to publish a paper that demands reviewers with knowledge from many different areas of mathematics?

I have got an article the making, and presented it to my PhD advisor one month ago. The article emerged from my master thesis at a different university. A week ago, he told me the draft is good, ...
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Teaching two different subjects?

I am a 2nd year Math Major, and I am aiming to recieve a PhD in Mathematics. I love mathematics, but I also have a longing for African American studies. I want to be a college professor, so I was ...
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What does it indicate if a professor from other departments is included in applied math department?

Currently I am preparing for postgraduate application. My research interest is fluid mechanism. There are several professors whose research interests are similar to mine and all of them are included ...
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Chance of getting into thesis-oriented applied math master program on fluid mechanism and atmosphere ocean science with only math background

I have asked the same question on physics and math stack exchange, but they suggested me to post it again here. Should any information need clarification, please let me know. I am a student with only ...
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Will graduating a semester early hurt applications to grad schools?

I am a math major who will be a senior next year and hope to graduate a semester early for financial reasons. During my semester off, I plan to continue my (mostly trivial) research in algebra and ...
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What is the typical flow chart for college mathematics courses?

I know that college mathematics typically start at Calculus I (Differential Calculus) and then Calculus II (Integral Calculus). Then after Calc II, it starts to branch off a little. One option after ...
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On writing a review (i.e. summary) for a problematic (published) paper

I am trying to write a review on a published paper for Mathematical Reviews. The paper proposes a generalization of K-theory. Its main definition is fundamentally problematic. So the rest of the ...
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How does a dual degree (Computer Science/Maths) compare to a degree in a single area?

I am considering applying for a degree (ideally, but not necessarily, MSc) in Computer Science and Maths, such as this one: ...
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Preparing for Quals in Math [duplicate]

I will be starting graduate school next semester in mathematics and I have no idea how I am going to fare. My goal for this summer and I am slowly making progress is to go over topics in real ...
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Should I apply for a MA or a PHD(in mathematics) after undergraduate study? [duplicate]

I am entering my 4th year undergraduate BS math program next month. I am certain I will want to do a PhD program eventually but I am not sure if I should do a MA before it. I have decent ...
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When to use inline versus displayed equations in a publication?

On a publication (thesis, paper, other), when should I write an equation inline and when should it be separated and numbered from the text? I've seen publications containing both styles, but I don't ...
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I found another proof of my theorem. Can I present two different proofs in the paper?

My area is mathematics. I have just found another proof of the main theorem in my paper. It is slightly more elegant than the previous proof that I wrote, but the idea is very different. When ...
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Should I become a reviewer for Math Reviews after leaving academia?

After finishing my PhD in mathematics not long ago, I decided to move away from academia and pursue a career in the commercial sector. I'm currently not affiliated with a university. In the long run, ...
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Publication of Study Materials?

I currently work for a well-known company that publishes study materials for a certain branch of mathematics. I have done quite a bit of work under them that has been published through their website ...
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Second PhD vs PostDoc - Math vs Theoretical Physics [duplicate]

I'm about to complete my PhD in mathematics. I've been working with Group theory (Representations). Besides the PhD I also did a master's in theoretical physics (I took much more courses than ...
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Keys to a successful postdoc in mathematics

I just finished a PhD in mathematics and am about to start a postdoc in the fall. My question is pretty straightforward (although the answer might not be), namely: What should one do to have a ...
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Is there a theoretical-physics masters program that accepts mathematics graduates? [duplicate]

I plan to graduate with an honours (four year) degree in philosophy and a general (three year) degree in mathematics. Are there any physics graduate programs that might accept me if I were to apply? ...
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Part time industrial work during a mathematics PhD

I am in the second year of my PhD in mathematics and I have recently decided I want to go into industry after I'm finished. I feel like a lot of what I'm learning in the program does not have direct, ...
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Is it normal for math grad students to be required to take summer classes to work?

My mathematics department apparently gets pressured by the university to have more people take courses during the summer. We are also encouraged to take on TA responsibilities to make extra cash ...
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Is my career over if thesis went bad?

I wrote a master thesis which went quite bad, due to communication problems with advisor, and my advisor said he is not willing to continue guiding me for PhD studies. Specifically, I was asked to ...
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A question about continuing education in an Engineering major or Sciences

I am MSc student of civil engineering and I am so much interested in sciences, mostly applied mathematics. My MSc thesis research is also focused on some analytical and numerical solutions to ...
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Transitioning: PhD to Postdoc and Productivity

I just finished a PhD in Math and I am starting my postdoc in September. I am currently just working on a few collaborations--working on projects that are follow-ups from my dissertation that are ...
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Should I use recommendation letter from young professor I worked with or well-known professor I met in class?

I'm choosing reference writers for my math PhD application this year, and need to decide between the 2 following professors: Professor X is a young professor with whom I took measure theory and did ...
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Going to math grad school with low GPA [duplicate]

I am a pure mathematics major and I want to do Ph.D in math, however I want to change to Applied math. I have a low 3.2 < GPA < 3.3 though. I have taken most of Pure math requirements, and ...
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For graduate admissions, are difficult classes valued over perfect grades?

I am an undergrad at a top 5 research institution for context, and this is pertaining to math Ph.D. admissions. I know looking at grades in isolation w.r.t. admissions is a questionable thing to do ...
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Where can one find jobs where companies hire mathematicians where they can do (not necessarily mainstream) research?

Several companies (google, IBM etc.) are known to hire mathematicians with advanced degrees (Ph.D. and so) to work in different sectors. Many such jobs are also research jobs, if not all. But I almost ...
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How many times can you present the same material at different conferences before it becomes stale?

I just finished my PhD in Mathematics and am in between my PhD and postdoc positions. I was very fortunate to have the ability to present my research to seminars and conferences over the last couple ...
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Math alongside CS degree [closed]

I'm a Computer Science student. Since CS and math have a lot in common I was wondering the possibility of studying a degree in math alongside with CS. Many of the subjects overlap and the real ...
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Being the right kind of demanding as a college instructor

As part of my work as a graduate student in maths I currently teach a basic second semester calculus course. It seems like every semester I teach, one or two students want some sort of special ...
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Citing terse works, or wordy comprehensible works?

I am in a position where I am writing both more professional articles, and supplementary articles to undergraduates. The supplementary works is meant to prepare the students for the graduate courses. ...
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College in high school and math graduate school admissions

I am a senior in high school and will be starting at the University of Washington in the fall. My goal is to become a successful research mathematician (in academia), and, from what I can gather, my ...