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Academic careerism: How can there be biased research or dishonest inquiry in theoretical hard sciences? [closed]

Edit: I updated this a lot during the 4 close votes. From Wikipedia: (emphasis added) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Academic_careerism Academic careerism is the tendency of academics (professors ...
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Persistent poor behavior of PhD advisor, possible recourse within American university system? [closed]

This post was earlier a lot longer with a lot more documentation of similar poor behavior, and is now edited. I am an international PhD student in a 2nd tier university in the US, in Mathematics. It ...
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Potential PhD advisor may lack qualifications

I am an applied mathematics student and recently finished my MSc. During my second year of the bachelors I had many personal problems and was at risk of losing the entire year. To avoid this delay, I ...
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When is it worthwhile to report academic misconduct of a referee?

Sometimes academics become aware of misconduct of other academics. Reporting it can backfire if it comes off as petty squabbling to senior people. It’s also not clear that reporting misconduct often ...
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Pages and lines in a paper. What does the reviewer mean?

Recently the editor of the American Mathematical Monthly informed me that I should revise my paper according to suggestions of the reviewers. The problem is that the second reviewer suggests something ...
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Accept applied PhD student position or wait for math PhD?

I have been offered a great PhD student position in information theory and machine learning, but in my heart i want to pursue a PhD in pure mathematics, hence I am debating with myself whether or not ...
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Prospective PHD student currently majoring in CS

I'm a computer science major at a prestigious university. I've consistently achieved top grades in all my courses and have developed a strong interest in mathematics. I've completed a year-long ...
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Skills Difference between Theoretical Physicists and Mathematicians

As I am preparing to start my PhD in theoretical physics, I have come to the realization that the more math you know (as a physics person), the better. But, I also realized that my physics brain is ...
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Pure math courses for mathematical biology? [closed]

For research at the PhD level and beyond in mathematical biology, what math courses come in handy (beyond calculus, ODE, statistics and probability and linear algebra)? I know it heavily depends on ...
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From topology to biomolecular topology [closed]

Recently I came across an article about biomolecular topology. I want to know how can a topologist (who has no prior knowledge in biology) do research in biomolecular topology? Like what courses in ...
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How can one make a persuasive argument using numerics? [closed]

I am currently a physics undergraduate, but I will be pursuing a physics PhD next fall. One part of the current research I am doing is to build up evidence for a mathematical "if and only if"...
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How does one research (pure) mathematics in a more inclusive manner?

Motivation I don't want my mathematical research to be limited by me being a monoglot, Western, white, and a man; and I'm sure there are other limitations. Diversity is essential. The Question How ...
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What do I do on my summer vacation with an interest in mathematics?

I am a second year college student majoring in mathematics. The summer vacation is coming up and lasts for three months. I am thinking of studying something during this vacation that is specific to ...
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How to find a co-author for a paper I can’t complete?

I am writing a mathematical paper, and I have been able to complete 2/3 of the paper’s main proof. However, I have been stuck with the last third for more weeks than I can count, and I am getting to ...
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How to get out of the situation where one needs better grades to enter a degree program and to get better grades, one needs to enter a degree program?

Does anyone know how and where to apply for a Master's degree in the European/North-American regions as someone with poor UG grades? For a number of reasons, I was able to score only a meagre 2.5/4.0 ...
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University is killing my passion [for mathematics]

In high school, before having begun with a degree in mathematics, I derived pleasure from studying [mathematics]. At that time, I was naturally looking forward to university, since it meant no more ...
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Is it acceptable to not give someone credit in a math thesis for minor guidance?

This question is related to this question. If I write a thesis and encounter a small problem that I can't resolve on my own, maybe because I didn't sleep well this day, and someone, like my mother or ...
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How to get back to academia after a rough phase?

I am looking for some advice to return to academia around financial math and related branches. I used to be a pure math enthusiast. Back in my school days, I was a competitive mathematician (qualified ...
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Reviewer rejects a paper and then publishes the same results as their own? [duplicate]

In short, I'm wondering how likely is the following sequence of events. The context is research in pure mathematics. A researcher submits a paper containing new results for review in a journal in ...
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Applying to academia and industry at the same time issue

I will apply to both industry and academia while graduating with a PhD in math, but I'd prefer the industry. The deadline to commit for the academia position is very early (end of Winter?). But one ...
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How to go about publishing a paper solving a new problem [closed]

I am a computer science student in university, at work I stumbled across what I believe is a NP-Hard problem that I have an active interest to solve in it's complete form. I have no experience in ...
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How to prepare for the Quals in Math early on?

I'll be starting graduate school in mathematics this fall. Obviously what worries me are the qualifying exams. What is the best way for me to prepare myself in these subjects from now on? I'm kind of ...
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NSF grant proposal not reviewed despite being received

I submitted an NSF research grant proposal (Mathematics) last year. The status for my proposal shows "pending" on the website. I was talking to a professor recently, who told me that she was ...
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What next step would be best with my preferred math PhDs in mind? [closed]

I applied for PhDs this December. My undergrad is in computer science and my master’s which I have just finished is in theoretical computer science, both in Greece. I was mostly aiming for a math PhD ...
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With computation tools available, why are we still not teaching any proofs in the first-year calculus/linear algebra for deeper understanding?

My understanding of the first-year calculus/linear algebra in the U.S. is that: students basically only need to memorize all kinds of math formulas instead of theories (even for theorems, for example ...
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What are the different mathematical cultures out there? That is, what universities focus on what fields and subfields in mathematics? [closed]

I am a soon-to-be undergraduate: a double-major in mathematics and computer science (but I have plenty of graduate-level mathematics courses I was advised to take by several professors). However, ...
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Inquiry regarding my MSc degree in Mathematical Physics

I did my post graduation (MSc) in the branch Mathematical Physics in India. I have qualified national level Mathematics examination for this. Now I want to pursue my PhD in Mathematics but I am ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

This question is partly inspired by this thread. I am mentoring a student who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world like applied math, ...
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What to do when a math paper “under review” contains a true but not clear step in a proof?

A few weeks ago, I submitted a mathematical paper in which the main proof contains a sentence that says: “by X and by Y, then Z is true”. It turns out that, luckily, the sentence is true. However, it ...
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How do you respond to people who say pure mathematics has less value than applied mathematics because "it doesn't have any practical application"?

I'm a Math PhD student in pure math. Many times I have encountered people who just doesn't value pure math or does not see the beauty of pure math. Most of the time these are those people who haven't ...
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Master's thesis on uninteresting topic not really related to my background

I have started a master thesis in applied mathematics with the aim of studying a paper of my supervisor. This paper uses some "basic" results of a theory (semi algebraic geometry i.e. SAG) ...
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Does an offer for tutorials amount to rejection from a summer program?

I recently received the results of the selection process of an application for summer courses and jobs (in the context of courses for undergraduates, mathematics and the United States). On the part of ...
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How to acknowledge "hints" in a math thesis?

Would you consider it plagiarism if you receive a hint from somewhere or someone regarding a reference to look up certain information but fail to give credit to this source or person in your work? For ...
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Organisation of a math thesis

Do you think it's appropriate to introduce notational aspects right after presenting the main topic in the introductory section of your thesis? Personally, I prefer not to include notations in an ...
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Is it ethical to study online solutions to for-credit math master's homework problems?

I am taking Complex Analysis for a master's degree in Pure Mathematics. The grade is: Three written evaluations. Questions the teacher asks that must be submitted every week. The teacher's ...
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How do I reframe getting an MPhil instead of a PhD the first time round, in the context of applying for a mathematical postdoc?

The Question: How do I reframe getting an MPhil instead of a PhD the first time round, in the context of applying for a mathematical postdoc? Background: I tried for a PhD in group theory at ...
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Asking a professor at another university for a reading course

For context, I am an undergraduate at a T20 school. My summer plans fell through and I am currently in the process of figuring out what to do. For personal reasons, I would like to spend the summer at ...
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How to learn math independently as a biologist/bioinformatician

I am in the same boat as many bioinformaticians, where I got my degrees in biology and taught myself computer science, and that's gotten me pretty far. But unlike those lovely physicists-turned-...
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Is it more important to have an accepted, rather than submitted paper, when applying for math postdocs?

I'm a fourth-year math PhD student and am about to submit my first paper. Since this fall, I probably will be on the job market, I am not sure what strategy should I use for submitting. My major ...
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How do you deal with a dishonest graduate advisor?

Assume that you are a Ph.D. student in math who after a few years of working in the field discovers a new idea (independently). You present the idea to your advisor. Later your advisor realizes the ...
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What do you think is the best way for me to get into grad school?

So, I completed my bachelor's in mathematics a month ago, and I'm planning to move to another country to continue my studies. I really love mathematics and I want to apply to a master's program in ...
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What is the percentage of recent graduates with a 4-year degree who have passed a Calculus I course?

I'm fairly certain that this exact statistic doesn't exist, so educated estimates are welcome. According to the Education Data Initiative, almost exactly 2 million Americans graduated with a bachelor'...
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Article supplement is longer than article itself

I am writing an article in numerical mathematics. I have been working on this for a long time and I think I cannot cut down on any part of the main article anymore. Yet, my advisor tells me to expand ...
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Whom to take recommendation letter from if master thesis advisor never replied?

I am from a poor country in Asia . I will apply for PhD positions in pure mathematics in USA in the upcoming year. I completed my masters in mathematics in June 2020 but I am still not able to find a ...
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How to properly sort and name variables / parameters in mathematical papers? [closed]

I have the following question. I am in the process of finalizing my model for my first paper. I have a question about the naming or sorting of the variables / parameters. I have now labeled all ...
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Do mathematicians really publish less often than (other) scientists?

I have heard from at least two mathematicians now, that mathematicians in general publish less per person per year than (other) scientists. This is anecdotal, so I looked around online and all I ...
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Ways to learn mathematics [closed]

I will be graduating with my bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in a few months. I want to pursue a master's in mathematics after 2-3 years. To prepare, I am currently doing "Advanced ...
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What do the bulk of the pre-calculus questions in the mathematics (subject) GRE look like?

i am planning to take the subject test this year and have decent foundations in precalc, however, i would like to study it thoroughly again but i don't want to spend too much time on it and instead ...
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getting into mathematical biology with a biology background [closed]

I have a bachelor in biology with a minor in cs. In addition to cs courses like data structure and algorithm etc... , I've also taken courses in discrete mathematics, statistics/probability, linear ...
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Does the prestige of a master's program affect your chances for a top PhD (math)?

I'm applying to masters programs in math, in the US. My goal is a PhD, but multiple circumstances make it such that I'm not a competitive applicant. I have the choice between a few programs, but I'm ...
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