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Does having qualifying exam subjects on my transcript help? (Math)

For context, I am a international (undergrad) student in mathematics willing to apply to a pure math PhD program in the U.S. this year. Recently I've been interested in commutative algebra and ...
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Should I be worried that I might not be interested in the exact type of research my supervisors do?

I started a PhD program this September and I keep having doubts about whether or not I can achieve what I want being in this program and working with my current supervisors. I'm in the differential ...
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In the U.S. academia, why do many institutes never send rejection letters for postdoc positions (to save the hassling of inquiries from applicants)?

As far as I know, many, if not most institutes in United States never send rejection letters for postdoc positions. As a result, applicants have to keep asking them to update the status. Is there a ...
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What are the drawbacks for only taking one class a semester as an undergraduate?

I am currently an undergraduate student in mathematics at a US university, I am looking to go to graduate school and my dream is to be a mathematics researcher. I am currently in my second year and I ...
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Is it plagiarism using an AI to do the bulk of my LaTeX?

I am a graduate student in math. I am coming up on the end of my masters, and multiple classes require LaTeX submissions. These classes are all very difficult by default, and spending multiple hours ...
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Resources for designing math degree programs [closed]

I'd like to know where I can find resources which are helpful when one has to design or improve grad and undergrad degree programs in pure and applied mathematics. In particular, I'm searching for up-...
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If you can fund your PhD, how it affects your chances of admission? [duplicate]

Most PhD programs in math has more applications that what the funding for program can afford if they admitted everyone. Assuming you have normal grades and good RLs, and you can fund your PhD program ...
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In mathematical essays, is "at x=a", "for x=a", "when x=a", "if x=a", or even "with x=a", a better choice? [closed]

Which one of the following sentences sounds better to a native ear? At $x=a$, $f(x,t)$ is an even function of $t$. For $x=a$, $f(x,t)$ is an even function of $t$. When $x=a$, $f(x,t)$ is an even ...
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How can I do undergraduate research in high school without special math programs?

I'm a 10th grader and I really love math. I study it at the upper undergraduate level, participate in competitions, engage in the philosophy of math, etc. But I've been wanting to do research while I'...
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Am I being dishonest with my advisor by not being open about my future goals?

At my undergrad I was living only with research in my mind. I had great professors and I did very well academically, maybe overperformed is the right word. Then I did Master's also decently. I didn't ...
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How to Improve Quick Thinking Skills in Mathematics

I have recently applied to several PhD programs in math and applied math. In between undergrad and grad school, I am looking to do some summer research. During a recent interview for a research lab, I ...
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Keep trying in one field, or study more on other more interesting fields, as an undergraduate interested in math research? [closed]

I am currently a sophomore majoring in mathematics. I am interested in pursuing a research career in my future. In order to have a taste of mathematical research, I contacted a professor who could ...
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The work of mathematicians in physics and experimental labs

I am especially interested in a course in a well-known and renowned experimental physics laboratory. When applying, among the questions they expect you to answer, they ask how I think my knowledge ...
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On proving results in a completely different field

I am a postdoc in a field of mathematics A. Recently, I began talking with a professor that works in field B that is completely unrelated to A. He had a conjecture, and after a month or so, I was able ...
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A good book about mathematical thinking [closed]

I am a qualified mathematics teacher but I have left teaching because I could not tolerate the behaviour of students. Now I am a mathematics tutor and I love that I get to teach students who are eager ...
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Timeline of tenure-track position in mathematics/applied mathematics

I have been applying to dozens of tenure track positions with preferred dates in Nov and Dec, but I still have not heard back from any, which is very worrying. I have been able to gauge the timelines ...
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On cold emailing professors about your research question

I am a postdoc in Mathematics in the West. I am currently stuck on a research problem, and the things that I am stuck on lie far outside my domain. Hence, I have tried to cold email professors who ...
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Author of main paper vs author of appendix

I'm a PhD student, more specifically in the field of geometric analysis and physics. Recently, I solved a problem that was suggested to me by my advisor. The problem is to sharpen some nontrivial ...
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Advice for learning the original works of previous mathematicians

I recently become interested in understanding the exact works of previous mathematicians, such as Peano, Frege, Russell, Hilbert, etc. Just to be clear, I'm not interested in a shallow history of past ...
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Question about Proof Details of a Preprint Paper

I am an undergraduate majoring in mathematics and I am currently working on a paper with a professor oversea. I found that there might be a proof I cannot understand on the statistic paper on arxiv he ...
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How will not doing a bachelor thesis affect my chances of masters and PhD?

My university (math major) offers the option to write and present a bachelor thesis instead of taking 3 courses. Due to my changing tracks (from applied maths to pure maths) I have lost my ability to ...
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I want to do mathematics similar to style of Grothendieck. How is that possible? [closed]

I admire Grothendieck's style of mathemtatics and want to do mathematics like his style. For example, Generalization of things by discarding unnecessary hypotheses which leads to simplification. ...
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Why do some journals want to send the manuscript to arXiv before submission?

Some journals advise authors to send their manuscript to arXiv before submission. What is(are) the reason(s) behind this suggestion?
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Abstracting and indexing of a journal

If a mathematics journal abstracting and indexing is $1.$ Mathematical Reviews $2.$ Zentralblatt MATH $3.$ Scopus then how good is that journal ? Actually I communicate my paper in a well know ...
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Sources supporting sabbatical in the US for foreign mathematicians [closed]

I would be interested to spend my sabbatical year at one of the US math departments. I am a tenured mathematician affiliated with a non US university. I do not have a US citizenship. What are the ...
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Are general elective grades important when applying to a U.S. pure math PhD program?

I know this question may have no definitive anwser at all, please bear with me. I just finished my 3rd year of university, and I have one year and a semester left until (hopefully) getting into a math ...
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Do desk rejects happen after one and half months?

I submitted a paper to a math journal and after one and half months (the status showed "under review") it was rejected without any report. Does this mean it was a desk rejection?
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How well should one understand a PhD's topic when applying for a PhD?

I'm looking into applying for a PhD in math in Europe (I've seen positions in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Norway). A concern that I've encountered is regarding PhD advertisements that ...
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What are the steps to becoming a great mathematician? [closed]

My goal is to become a great mathematician. Here's my question: What are the steps to becoming a great mathematician? In order to become a great mathematician, what qualities should I possess? Should ...
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How to find collaborator for maths research paper? [closed]

My problem is regarding How to find collaborator who is interested in my ideas and complete the research paper. How to find someone like this. In paper , have completed statement of every theorem and ...
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Recommendations regarding publishing 'folklore' results in math

I've recently obtained some results which I have not found in the literature explicitly. Namely they are hinted in certain published literature, but very shortly and not in a very constructive sense. ...
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Expected value in probability [closed]

Independent trials, each of which is a success with probability P are performed until there are k consecutive successes. What is the mean number of necessary trials?
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How can you win a Fields Medal? [closed]

Consider someone who is pursuing a PhD in mathematics. Is it possible for him/her to win the Fields medal? To win a Fields medal, do you have to be an Assistant Professor? What are some different ways ...
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Are computer science courses supposed to be basically math, or not? [closed]

I have heard in many places, from highly qualified people, whom I can't remember the name to cite at the moment, that computer science is mostly related to math. However, looking at the actual ...
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What exactly is meant by research statement for postdoc application? [duplicate]

I am a PhD student in mathematics and have started applying for postdoctoral positions. There are, mostly, three types of requirements: a research statement and a research proposal, only a research ...
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Recommendation letter; reminder email

I had an interview for a faculty position about 6 days ago. I was asked to arrange two letters of recommendations. One of my references sent it, but another one has not submitted yet. Shall I remind ...
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How to find research internships in Europe?

I am a mathematics graduate student, and I am searching for a (preferably paid) research internship that could last to 6 months in the field of probability theory. I have searched for opportunities in ...
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How can there be a a department with no full professors? Should I be wary of it when applying for tenure-track?

A certain mathematics department of a Canadian university has assistant professors, associate professors, but no (full) professors. I find this odd. The university was founded in 1980 as a "...
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How can I find contact information of potential reviewers when submitting a manuscript?

I am planning to submit a manuscript. The journal is asking me to provide a list of names and contact information of potential reviewers during the submission process. I have found many potential ...
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Paper in mathematics that proves a sub-optimal result

I am currently pursuing a PhD in an area of mathematical analysis. Recently I uploaded a result on arXiv where I somewhat improved a result from 40 years back in a question in smooth dynamics, a field ...
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Unable to decide if I wait for my coauthor for indefinite time? Not sure even if my coauthor deserves authorship

I am PhD student in mathematics, from Aisa region. I started a project in 2020 and a (assistant) professor from Europe formally promised to work together. This is my old question here, here, and here....
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Advice on transitioning from Electrical Engineering to Mathematics?

I'm at the tail end of a BSc in Electrical Engineering, and want to shift my academic focus more towards mathematics. I've enjoyed the engineering courses with a large mathematical foundation, and I ...
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How do I bring my work in a new field to the attention of experts?

I am an expert in mathematics in field A. In recent years I got also interested in another field B, being initially motivated by my field A. I have some ideas in field B and I published 3 papers. The ...
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Are PhD programmes reluctant to admit multiple students from the same university in the same application cycle?

The senior undergraduates at my (mathematics) department have this impression that postgraduate programmes don't want to admit multiple applicants from the same university in the same application ...
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Mathematical journals which accept micro-articles [closed]

A micro-article is a paper of at most six pages. The following mathematical journals accept micro-articles: Elemente der Mathematik, Examples and Counterexamples and Journal of Computational ...
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Statement of Purpose for math graduate schools

I am a recent mathematics graduate from the UK who will apply to math PhD programs in the United States. I completed a master's in pure mathematics at a top program in the UK focusing on geometry. I ...
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Advisor-student collaboration (or lack thereof) and paper authorship in mathematics: how does it work?

In (pure?) mathematics, author order on papers is alphabetical, based on the assumption that all authors contribute equally (e.g. as discussed here and explained in this statement from the AMS). ...
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How should the multiplication symbol be written in the mathematical formula of a research paper? *? or x? [closed]

How should the multiplication symbol be written in the mathematical formula of a research paper? *? or x? The field is computer science and I am multiplying integers.
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Cover letter and research interest

In postdoctoral application cover letter, is it okay to write, "My research interests are perfectly aligned with Professor X," even though the same professor did not reply when I mailed, ...
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Mathematical papers and the IMRaD-structure: how comparable are they with each other?

I have a background in the social sciences, but I teach academic writing to students from various disciplines (incl. STEM). Since the IMRaD-structure seems universal, I teach them this format. While I ...
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