In my senior year. I have put so much effort in writing my thesis and my supervisor didn't even read what I have done or even bothered to do his work, I wrote my thesis in a topic in mathematical analysis. I think it is interesting to read, no new results but, there are many undergraduate publications that are just interesting to read and contains no new mathematics! so I think my thesis is interesting to read. All undergraduate journals I found requires a letter from the supervisor, I can't get a letter from him because: 1. He didn't read it and he won't 2. My relationship with him is not good

I thought maybe I should ask an external professor to give me a feedback but, who would do that! I am even embarrassed to ask for such a favour. I just want to learn even if my thesis is not as good as I think it is, it is okay but at least I would then know why and learn something!

If I had it published. It would then help me when I try to apply for scholarships and stuff.

Can someone suggest me a solution or something? Do other professors normally agree to review other student's work?

Thank you.

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Having a poor relationship with your supervisor is a more important consideration than publishing an undergraduate thesis, I think. Perhaps you should address that in whatever way is open to you.

If you contact a professor at another institution blindly, you are pretty unlikely to get much of any feedback. That is especially true currently due to the general disruption of the pandemic.

Hopefully you have a better relationship with some other maths professor at your institution. I would talk to them. Perhaps they aren't able to give you much direct advice, depending on their own field of interest, but they probably have some circle of collaborators and might be able to introduce you to someone who can give you some feedback.

If a letter comes to me from an unknown student it is easy to ignore, but harder if it comes from another professor who is known to me.

If this is impossible, then there is another option. Find an institution to which you would want to apply for graduate school and find a professor interested in analysis there. Start a conversation with them about becoming a student there and also mention your thesis, giving the title, say, if it is informative. Don't go into detail about it or your desire for feedback in the initial contact. And don't send the thesis initially. If you get any response at all, then you can ask for advice on the thesis.

An additional idea about publishing your thesis is that an undergraduate journal might be willing to accept a recommendation from the department head rather than the direct supervisor in some situations. Perhaps not, but it might be worth having a face-to-face with the head in any case and ask for some help.

  • I don't understand the first two lines, do you mean I should tell openly the professor I'm asking for his\her review that my relationship is not good with my supervisor? Mar 29, 2020 at 14:10
  • No, I wouldn't say that at all. Certainly not initially. You could probably say that to the department head, though. But the first paragraph suggests that you should do what you can to improve the relationship with the advisor. Perhaps nothing is possible, of course.
    – Buffy
    Mar 29, 2020 at 14:12
  • Yes, I got it, well I am in a bad university and he is a really ugly person with no morals so, there is nothing I can do about it, I am just working hard to get a better education in a decent place. Thank you very much sir for your advice :) Mar 29, 2020 at 14:21
  1. Look for other magazines that don't require such a letter. (Do they all?)

  2. Find a professor that you can talk to. Or a postdoc. Or a visiting scholar. Some won't give you time of day, but some will be OK for a conversation. Then maybe talk about what you've done that was interesting. (Make some notecards and then be able to show/talk about the topics on the board.) Keep it a little lighter than "read my manuscript". That's a little leaden to be expected to read amateur work. But a meeting where you are able to say interesting things like

    "lots of people want to have geometric interpretations of analysis and say that is novel, but they most likely think in areas or volumes. I like to think in decision trees and nodes. It's not really novel, as Russian authors from the 50s like Guestanovitch have written this way. But it's kind of rarely seen nowadays."

    [Made up example...I don't know analysis...but you get the drift.

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