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Writing my thesis in my native language but need to include english

I am currently writing my mathematics master's thesis (in topology) in my native language, German. Most of the literature is in English and some of the words are hard to translate. Is it ok to mix ...
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How does working with other people in math actually look like?

I'm about to finish an undergraduate degree in mathematics, and I want to do research in mathematics, so naturally I'm looking into postgraduate study options. I'm quite stressed about this, and I was ...
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What's the correct way to write units of measure about time and angles in scientific document?

I have a question on how to write units of measure of angles and times in my MSc thesis. What is the correct form between "13.2 degree" and "13.2 degrees"? A similar question about ...
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Pros and cons of asking for an application fee waiver for PhD math

I'm considering applying to several grad schools in the US for a PhD in math as an international applicant and the combined cost of those applications, gre/toefl official score costs, official ...
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Trying to write several short, unimpactful papers to boost publication record

During the postdoc phase, at least in math, it's usually a very short period, like 1 or 2 years. Isn't it really important to write something and get it out there, even if it's of no real significance ...
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Which section of the GRE-General is more important for a math PhD application?

I just finished my second attempt at the GRE General after a 2.5 month interval and my Verbal score suffered due to an unscheduled bathroom break and me thinking that that verbal section was for their ...
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Do math departments require the math GRE primarily to weed out applicants?

Do math departments require the math GRE primarily to weed out applicants? Or is it predictive of completing the program?
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How correctly write ordinal numbers in a scientific thesis?

I'm wrtiting my Master of Science thesis in Aerospace Engineering and I've a doubt about wrtiting of ordinal numbers? Let' us consider the following alternatives:$i$th, $i$-th. What is the correct ...
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When writing a letter of recommendation for a student, should I explicitly mention where former students of a similar calibre were admitted to?

I am a professor of mathematics at a small liberal arts college in the US. My department is fortunate enough to have a wonderful group of math majors, many of whom go on to graduate school each year. ...
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What is the difference between a MSc in Mathematics, a MSc in Applied Mathematics, and a MSc in Applied and Computational Mathematics?

I'm interested in how a MSc in Mathematics, MSc in Applied Mathematics, and MSc in Applied and Computational Mathematics compare in terms of content, but also in terms of how they are perceived and ...
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Can I include a solution my advisor came up with in my PhD thesis or be a co-author for a paper?

I'm a PhD student in math and currently I'm stuck at a problem. But my advisor has some idea and it seems to me that he might even solve it soon. Earlier I had an idea which seemed to be working, but ...
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Should I request audit grading for my MTH 111 class or just fail it? [closed]

I’m a freshman attending a community college. I’m taking 17 credits, 5 of which are from my MTH 111 class. I have struggled with sepsis and infection over the past year and got sick in the middle of ...
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Does mentioning why I took a break after my MSc affect the chances of admission?

I had taken a year break after my masters, before seriously applying to PhD programs. The reason was that I was stressed and burnt out, especially during the COVID times, and wasn't ready for a PhD ...
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How to write a survey paper in mathematics? [closed]

I want to write a survey article on one research topic, and on this topic, not much research has been done. Very few articles are available in the literature. To me, it seems an interesting topic to ...
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When struggling with an important course right before applying to grad school, is it better to withdraw or get a C grade?

I am a undergraduate economics student who is looking to apply to PhD statistics programs next year. I don't have the strongest math background because I started my undergraduate studies looking to go ...
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Influence of the familiarity of the university with recommender to application success

I am an international applicant trying to apply for a PhD program in Europe in mathematics and I am a bit confused regarding whom to ask the second recommendation letter. There are two professors I ...
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How to find mathematicians in a given field?

This is essentially a continuation to my previous question here. In one of the answers, it was proposed that I find people who did active research in the field I wanted to study and contacted them. My ...
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Why don't math grad schools in the U.S. use entrance exams?

Top math grad programs in the U.S. will receive tons of applications from people with excellent grades in grad or advanced undergrad math classes, high math subject GRE scores, and some research. No ...
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How accesible is Mathematics research?

To do Mathematics, one doesn't need much more than actual Mathematics book and perhaps lecture. There is been a growing trend of having open source resource of both book and lecture on the internet in ...
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How much does collaboration matter for theoretical research output in mathematics?

I'm particularly interested in the condition in mathematics. In this post, I find that the average number of authors for a mathematics paper is less than three. This suggests to me that, most of the ...
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Research topics “belonging” to a school

I heard that in some scientific schools it is typical that certain research topics “belong” to the school, and people from other schools are not welcome to work on them. I am wondering how popular is ...
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Are certain conferences or fields "allocated" to certain universities? Should I avoid attending certain conferences?

Once I published a few math papers which contained new ideas in a new direction. This was closely related to my usual field of interest, but went somewhat beyond it. It was not obvious to me how many ...
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Given my experience, how do I get back to academic research collaboration?

I've a teaching position in an engineering college in France since September 2021, and in a few years' time I'd like to get either a research-only or a mixed research and teaching position. With that ...
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Would it be helpful to submit more letters of recommendation than required for a US PhD application in my situation?

I am applying to several grad schools in the US for a PhD in math and most of them require three letters of recommendation. None of them mention that only three letters or no more than three letters ...
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How do I know what the important problems to work on are?

Basically, I think research groups form "inner circles" where people generate important problems. But I am not in any of these "inner circles," so I don't know where the ...
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ETS canceled the subject GRE at the last minute. Making other arrangements is not easy. How to proceed?

I'm applying for the PhD mathematics program in the US, so I decided to appear for the GRE mathematics subject test. This test is only conducted once a year in my country. I had to travel 1200 kms to ...
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Applying to Math PhD programs from Weak Undergraduate [duplicate]

First, some information about me. I’m a senior at a small liberal arts school at the US (I will be graduating in 3 years because I took a bunch of college courses in high school), and my heart is set ...
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Mutual citations of two papers (in mathematics)

Given two research articles A, B, is it common for them to have mutual citations, in the sense A is cited in B and B is cited in A? Does it not create (an initial) confusion on which work is done ...
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How eligible is a BSc in applied math from a German FH (university of applied sciences) for a physics masters outside Germany?

I'd like to start with myself. I'm planning to transfer my studies to a German university. My objective is to become an astrophysicist. I want to have my Bachelor's in mathematics, Master's in physics ...
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Concerns when applying to a Mathematics PhD with a physics degree [duplicate]

I'm a physics graduate from a Southern Asian country interested in starting a PhD in mathematics in a US institution. I have some concerns about the lack of Analysis and Algebra honors level courses ...
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Grants accessible to Italian mathematicians? [closed]

What kind of grants can mathematicians working in Italy apply to? In addition to the various ERC grants are there any other specific funding programmes that mathematicians working in Italy may apply ...
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What are considered as appropriate mean/median grades for college-level calculus and linear algebra in United States (out of 100 or out of 4.0)? [closed]

What are considered appropriate mean/median grades for college-level calculus and linear algebra classes in United States (say out of 100 or out of 4.0)? Please don't just say "it is different ...
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How to network with professors when not attending a univeristy

My story is a long one to tell, so I will just say my current situation and leave out how I got here. I am interested in studying mathematics but I do not have the opportunity to attend a university ...
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Is it okay to send a mail to journal's editor for the review's status after four months of submission? [duplicate]

I am a middle-year Ph.d. student in mathematics. I submitted my first paper to a peer-reviewed journal exactly four months ago. For your information, it is a subject journal, not a general math ...
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Is it ethical to present a math work on two different seminars on the same department?

I wrote a paper in mathematics and I would like to present it to the right community of experts. I believe that the work might be of interest both to geometers and analysts. Hence I am thinking to ...
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How to obtain a teaching letter in a research-only institution

I am a postdoc at a research-only institution in Europe now. I am applying for US postdocs in research university in mathematics. Even though not all job advertisements mention this, but it is ...
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Asking PhD advisor if I can be the sole author

First of all, I am a second-year PhD student in pure maths in Italy, in case some of this information is relevant. My situation: around a month ago, my PhD advisor posed me a question (related to my ...
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Errors in 'old' articles that keep getting referenced

I have come across a couple of math articles published between 2005-2010 that have clear errors in them (the articles have a common author). Most of the errors are typos but a couple of errors, let's ...
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Is it a problem if I start doing research too early?

After graduation, I will go to a graduate school to pursue a master by research degree in Applied Mathematics. The program will be research-based without any coursework. The supervisors can suggest ...
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What's the main reason that fewer people learn mathematics by themselves? [closed]

In the 17th century, there were some mathematicians who learned math by themselves, such as Fermat. They were amateur mathematicians, and didn't have a degree in university. But, in the 20th century, ...
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(Math) PhD LORs from Research Scientists?

When applying to grad school (e.g. in mathematics), how is a LOR from a Principal Research Scientist compared to that of a Tenured Professor? The only information I have about Principal Research ...
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Guides on writing a good Letter of Recommendation when the professor asks for a "Rough Draft"

I'm applying to grad schools in the US for a PhD in math and have managed to convince five professors to write a letter of recommendation for me. One of my referees requested me to send a "rough ...
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Can a mathematics undergraduate go directly into a physics graduate program? [duplicate]

I have graduated with a mathematics bachelors but I have recently became very interested in physics, especially theoretical physics. To my great regret, I did not take a physics course during my time ...
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(Mathematics) How to ask professors about their work when you only have a vague understanding of their subject area?

I recently graduated from a Masters in mathematical physics. During my time I especially enjoyed pure maths courses and picked as many as I could. Since graduating I have been exploring my options and ...
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My poster didn't win the "best poster award", is it desperate to ask the committee about an evaluation of my poster quality?

My poster didn't win the "best poster award" at a top conference in mathematics, is it desperate/impolite to ask the committee about an evaluation of my poster's quality? I don't want to ...
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Best website for giving details of a book mentioned in a Statement of Purpose

I want to mention a book in my SOP/PS and would like to provide a link so that the reader can easily get more details about the book instead of googling it. What would be the ideal website for this ...
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Reasons for differences in the Ph.D. admission process in India vs U.S. and Europe

While searching for universities to do my Ph.D. in mathematics, I noticed that most top universities in India use incredibly competitive entrance exams (much more difficult and time constrained than ...
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Does exposition count as research experience?

I am applying to grad school this year for PhDs in mathematics. I have done four projects overall. One was a REU through which I published paper, and the second was my undergraduate thesis, where we ...
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Worried about my progress

I'm a 3rd year PhD student in pure Math in a Canadian university. I feel like in last one year I haven't made much progress. I definitely tried some problems, had regular discussions with my ...
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Are there any resources out there to help you find inspiration for a PhD topic?

I got my Master's degree in mathematics in 2017. Since then, I haven't done a lot of maths, so I am a bit rusty. I am now considering doing a PhD in maths, but I have little-to-no idea for a topic. I ...
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