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Does a low score in mathematics on transcripts affect graduate admissions? (CS PhD USA) [duplicate]

Background: CS Undergrad Applying to CS PhD Programs in the USA. I have a GPA of 8.9 ~ (after converting) 3.5? (Not too sure, I am in a Tier-II College in India). According to me, I feel a GPA of 8.9 ...
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Where to look for lectureships in mathematics in the UK?

I am currently halfway into a 3-year postdoc position in mathematics in the US, and I have a good publication record (two papers in top general mathematics journals, one alone, one with a senior ...
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Getting a Major Math Result Published and Noticed by Professional Mathematicians [duplicate]

The Collatz Conjecture is an 80 year-old open Math problem. Recently, I made a remarkable discovery of the long sought visual pattern in the conjecture. This never-before-seen visual pattern led me to ...
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How important are your module choices in 3rd year mathematics undergraduate?

I am finishing my 2nd year doing a Mathematics BSc (UK) and I am very worried about my options next year. I primarily enjoy analysis and am interested in pure maths generally. However, my university, ...
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How to publish a corrected proof for a claimed mathematical result?

I work in the field of theoretical computer science, and I have published a paper with several results. A few years later, a reader reported to us an error in the paper. The paper claims a theorem X, ...
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Changing fields from Mathematics to Biology/Chemistry

I’m currently in my penultimate year of an undergraduate degree in mathematics. I’ve been thinking about changing fields completely. I love maths, so I intend to graduate with this degree and I’m ...
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How can I quickly learn advanced math concepts for my PhD in engineering?

I am a PhD student majoring in Medical Engineering. My interest in Math is high, but my knowledge isn't. I have just a bit of knowledge in Calculus, Linear Algebra and a little Statistics (just can do ...
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How to respond to “unfair to write English” comments?

I teach mathematics and computing, for example, our department's discrete mathematics course. As is customary for that course, it's used as the first foray into formal mathematics, including a heavy ...
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What math modules should I specialize, as a mathematics undergraduate in if I want to pursue masters in theoretical physics?

I am currently in my third year of studying Mathematics (undergrad), which is the last year in our french based system in Algeria. But I would like to pursue a masters degree in theoretical physics. ...
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Signed up for a talk, not enough material

I am a PhD student in pure mathematics about 4 months into my program. After consulting with my supervisor and some peers, I have signed up to give a 20 minute talk at an online conference, which has ...
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Self-studying during math PhD?

I am in graduate school pursuing a PhD in applied math. I study high dimensional probability/statistics, but most of what I do is theoretical. I am almost finished with course work (so the next years ...
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How should I prepare my write-up for an internship program?

I am going to apply for an internship programme. It is written that the selection is based on write-up. To apply for the program I need to include an write-up with 1200 words. Also, some outlines of ...
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Contacting potential advisors before applying to graduate program - PURE MATH

I have seen a few similar questions, but the answers are not usually specific enough to math, and it seems this is one of those things which varies heavily based on field. In many math programs, the ...
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Can I publish if I develop a tool, but it solve non important problem only? (Mathematics)

My research is in mathematics. I have developed an interesting quantity X. Combined with other quantity Y, I can solve a certain problem. However, I don't know if the problem itself is important or ...
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How PhD projects are acquired in pure mathematics [closed]

In pure mathematics (please only answer for this field, as other areas are different), what is the ratio of PhD students finding a project on their own, versus working closely with their supervisor to ...
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Bad semester - Math PhD application

I wanted to bring up an issue I faced recently and figure out how much my graduate school application will be affected by this. For some background, I am a sophomore math major at a good public school....
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Advice on publishing original theorems with easy proofs

I got a rejection recently on a short paper that gave a fairly short proof that a conjecture of a well-known mathematician was false. The reviewer said that “while the results are new and interesting,...
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In academic papers, is it always necessary to show the full mathematical description of well-accepted norms?

For example, let's say you use a well-excepted data normalization method like z-normalization. To avoid clutter and help the flow of the paper, can you simply cite a source for z-normalization and ...
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How to deal with professors who don't follow the text

I'm a first year math grad student. As an undergrad, all my professors followed the given text book closely, making lecture easy to prepare for and very predictable. As a grad student, my professors ...
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Re-applying to Math PhD programs while in first semester of current program. How viable?

I've looked at many of the answers on this site to questions similar to mine, and I've seen a huge variety of answers. My situation is a bit more specific, so I decided to finally make a post and ask ...
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What does it mean to go directly from “under review” to “decision in process”? [duplicate]

I submitted a paper to an Elsevier journal in mathematics, which is right now in "decision in process". The status changed in the following manner: Submitted to journal----(after 1 day)---&...
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Is this level of citation acceptable in a dissertation?

Please can anybody reassure me that I am okay. I have been so distracted thesis that I’m behind in my revision for my finals. Never once in my project did I take credit for something that wasn’t mine ...
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Regarding a PhD advisor rejecting student due to health problems

I have a colleague (call them "Joe") in my PhD math program who told me that they approached a certain professor (call them "Dr. X") to ask them to be their advisor. Joe seemed ...
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Why would an international applicant with a perfect GPA and an undergraduate thesis get rejected from 16 grad schools? [duplicate]

I applied to 16 graduate schools for this coming fall. I am a transfer student at a Top 10 Public US school. I had GPA 4.00 at the time I applied (Not yet took graduate course yet, but I wrote that I ...
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Math Thesis Plagiarism Determination

I am an undergraduate student who is submitting my thesis for committee review. However, one of the committee member is unsatisfied and thinks that I attempted plagiarism from my advisor's paper. ...
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How to email a professor requesting to supervise a PhD thesis?

I am interested in applying to PhD in Mathematics in University of Luxembourg. In the webpage it is written that "We recommend that you contact potential thesis supervisors by email to discuss ...
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How do you do “research” as a fresh PhD student? [closed]

I started a PhD in applied mathematics and things seem to be going well after an initially terrible start. My supervisor and I have devised a clear set of objectives for the next three years and I’m ...
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What is the meaning of “person specification” in a job advert?

I am going to submit my application to a postdoc in math. In support of my application, I have been asked about what I can do, and they have mentioned that You should pay particular attention to the ...
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Would a LaTeX glossary contain program function/method purposes/definitions?

I'm writing my dissertation/thesis and it revolves around a program I have made. The program is a Rubik's cube solver that uses pre-existing solving methods, so nothing that exciting. I'm writing out ...
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What part of mathematics deals with what makes a 'valid' idea 'mathematical', and if 'mathematical', 'interesting'? [closed]

Mathematicians don't seem to have a consensus on which questions are mathematical, and which ones are interesting but sometimes one pronounces with an air of authority on a question or solution or ...
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How to express about getting informed about a specific position

I am going to prepare a cover letter for postdoc position. I was informed about this position by my Phd advisor. I am looking for a proper statement about how I was informed about such that position, ...
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19 months and no decision: At what point should I withdraw my paper? [duplicate]

I submitted a mathematical paper to a good journal specialized in geometry and topology. By good I mean that there is no doubt whatsoever about its scientific standing (e.g. Scimago places it ...
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Which academic subjects examine the efficacy of counting systems?

Which academic subjects examine what the advantages and disadvantages of the various number bases are, e.g. besides base ten: base twelve, base sixteen, base eight, base two and the ways that they can ...
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Taking an applied internship postponing the end of the PhD

I'm a PhD student in Europe, currently in my 3rd year of pure mathematics. It was supposed to be the final year of my studies before finding a position either in industry or in academy. However, the ...
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I believe I have a clever idea/tool that should be widely adopted by the research community. How to interpret a lukewarm response?

Related to this question, except I do not believe (and have not claimed) that I have solved an open problem, famous or otherwise. I came up with an idea (specifically, how to pronounce numbers in ...
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Weird/Dumb question: What does a thesis do when the non-thesis option means more courses?

Actually, this is my question: which option should i prefer Thesis vs Non-thesis for MS in CS? but I hope this post will not be closed as either off-topic or duplicate because I hope to be specific. ...
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Can a phd thesis be in a different area than the master thesis? [duplicate]

First of all let me begin with saying that I have seen there is a question quite similar to this one, but I thought I'd ask again so I could get more specific about my situation since I am guessing it'...
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Are there particular areas of mathematical research that attract universities to consider someone over another?

I thought of my question when considering if I wanted to be a math professor. Background: Currently I’m an undergraduate studying math with a concentration in computer science, and I am interested in ...
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What level of math does one usually require before being able to publish a paper of their own

At what level does someone become skilled enough in math to publish their work? I am an undergrad student currently in calculus 2. My dream is to publish work of my own, but I know that will come to ...
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Paths to mathematics/university/research while dealing with a few difficult situations

I'm a (just turned) 17 year old student (Year 11) from Australia in a bit of a tricky situation. Unfortunately, I spent most of the last few years and am currently in a psychiatric unit. I've also ...
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How to find the state of the art algorithm for a specific problem

Are there any good methods for doing this? I can find papers with algorithms, but they usually do not show their computational results with the same problem sets and the publishing year of two papers ...
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Should I take a summer class at my university or a community college?

I am an economics major in my second year looking to pursue a master's in statistics after graduation. This semester I am taking calculus 2 and will be taking calculus 3 this coming summer. I am ...
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Should I take consent before listing referee names? [duplicate]

I am about to submit my research article in a Mathematics journal and the online system is asking to mention three Referee/Reviewer names. Should I take the consent of a few experts in my topic before ...
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Choosing between 2 MSc programs in pure mathematics [closed]

I'm an Indian student and I hold offers from 2 universities, one in Denmark (call A) and another in the UK (call B). I plan to pursue a PhD in the US as my next step, but also would like to have job ...
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Is it worth publishing a paper rephrasing what past papers did with a different mathematical framework?

I work industry (I'm an engineer with a decent background in math) and for work I often read through papers and I attend conferences to keep up with the state of the art. I've noticed there're few ...
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A stunted PhD: PhD in the time of a pandemic

I'm a third year Math PhD student in the US. My concern is that my PhD is going to be stunted in the following sense: I am my advisor's only graduate student. This is not uncommon for grad students ...
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How to structure a proof by induction in a maths research paper? [closed]

I am 16 years old at the time of writing (so I have no supervisors to seek advice from) and I have written a mathematics research paper, which I plan on submitting to a journal for publication. For a ...
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Timeline of “Quick opinions” in math journal refereeing

Some years ago a fair number of mathematics journals started to ask for one or more "quick opinions" by experts on a received manuscript before sending it out for peer-review (with the ...
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Applied Mathematics Master's Thesis Practicality

First a little background on me. I am a first semester masters student in applied mathematics who is on the wait list for a decision on admission to the PhD program. I have reached out to a specific ...
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How to organize lots of assumptions/equations in a math paper? (I need to refer to them in my main theorem)

I'm writing a paper. It has a lot of lemmas that are used to prove a theorem. I put those lemmas first and then my put theorem at the end. In the lemmas, I introduce assumptions (they're displayed ...

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