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Why pursue a PhD in pure Mathematics?

Except from the goal of finding some new truths, proving some theorems, or new ideas. What is the career path for someone pursuing a PhD in pure mathematics? Continuing in research and trying to land ...
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What is an average workload for a PhD in pure Mathematics? [closed]

I am editing this to open the question again "and by the workload let me be precise: How much readings? how many books/ papers should you read and understand before coming with something new? Do ...
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How important is attending graduate school for a PhD for physics/mathematics/astrophysics research?

Is it possible for one to publish high quality research papers in the aforementioned fields without attending a graduate school? I feel that you can read online material and books about research/...
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How to deal with what appears to be a bad programming teacher

I'm taking a data bases systems course, it's one of my final 10 classes in computer sciences oriented math undergrad. This last week we took our first test and it was, in my opinion, awful. We had 13 ...
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Is it possible to switch from applied maths to pure maths? [closed]

I've found a couple of questions of the type "is it possible to go from pure to applied" so I was wondering if anyone knows for the opposite direction. Say you are an applied mathematician ...
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Financial Support for Master's Programs in Pure Math

I'm an undergrad studying pure mathematics, and graduate school applications are around the corner. My ultimate aim is to do a PhD in pure mathematics. I understand that in several places (e.g., ...
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Peer-review duration and journal quartiles

Does the journal's quartile have anything to do with the peer-review duration? While reading papers in my discipline, which is Mathematics, I found out that often Q1 ranked journals take about a year, ...
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Grad School Program Recommendations & How to Narrow Down My List of Programs [duplicate]

I'm hoping to apply to graduate (MS) programs in statistics or applied math later this year, but frankly I'm having a hard time narrowing my list down and was hoping for some advice from people here. ...
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Do professors in pure mathematics hire non-PhD research assistant?

I believe in some fields like physics or other experimental science, hiring a student without PhD degree as a research assistant is common. In pure mathematics, do professors have the need to hire non-...
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Questions about the effect of bad grades in phd applications [duplicate]

I'm very interested in theoretical computer science(mainly algorithms and complexity), and I'm thinking of getting into some top graduate programs in this field. I'm a transfer student previously at a ...
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How to avoid self-plagiarism when copying boiler plate sections in a math paper?

My research in mathematics uses concepts from a variety of subdisciplines that usually don't interact much with one another. For that reason, I need to include boiler plate sections that establish the ...
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Are there non-tenure track positions in math/statistics depts that combine teaching and core facility responsibilities (statistics consulting)? [closed]

I'm working through an MS in Statistics and considering career paths and curious if a specific career path exists in academia. I would like to work in an academic statistics core and provide support ...
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Is the Math GRE Subject test still important to US grad schools post-COVID? And can it actually help math grad school apps?

I'm taking a gap year and I plan on applying to grad schools again this fall. I'm wondering if the GRE Math subject test is helpful/required anymore? Personally, I have very low grades in some ...
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We are a UK programming company with a maths discovery, but we cannot get into contact with any mathematicians. Help?

Over the past several months we have developed a new way of handling very large numbers in order to turn handling these numbers into a storage problem rather than a processing problem. The system is ...
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failing a lower division class - impact on grad admissions?

I am a third year math major at a top 30 US university. I fear that I may have destroyed my chances for graduate school (or perhaps I am being dramatic). I would really appreciate if someone could ...
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What is the best way to approach professors in USA and Canada about the possibility of an internship (as an unfunded, international student)?

I live in an Asian country and completed my master's in Math in June 2020. I want to do a PhD in Europe, but I have had some difficulties in finding a suitable position. I do not believe doing a PhD ...
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How to handle a plagiarism report commented by arxiv?

I wrote an article in mathematics (number theory) and submitted it in arxiv in January 2020. I did check plagiarism at my institute which was less than 10%. (Edit: Why do I check ? Because it is 2016 ...
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How do I prepare a slide talk presentation for conference in mathematics?

I am a graduate student in mathematics. I am preparing to give a 20-minute short talk for a conference. I am looking at some beamer presentations this one and this one. Neither of these slides neither ...
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How to ask my co-author to put our paper on arXiv?

I am a math postdoc who defended his Ph.D. two years ago. I have been working on a project with some senior mathematician for 1.5 years. I also invited him to the university where I am affiliated for ...
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What is the best way to approach professors in China about the possibility of an internship (as an unfunded, international student)?

I live in an Asian country (not China) and completed my master's in Math in June 2020. I wanted to do a PhD in math, but didn't apply in China for session 2022 due to some reasons. I do not believe ...
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Would it violate copyright to retype a classic mathematics book from the 1960s using modern notation and uploading it online?

I am reading a classic book in mathematics that was published in the 1960s. This book uses very old notation, which makes it impossible to read it. Suppose further that I want to read the whole book ...
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Teaching Vector Calculus for a demo [closed]

I have applied for a teaching position, and will have to appear for a teaching demonstration. I need to pick a topic from Vector Calculus taught at undergraduate level. My main concern: It has been a ...
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Can A Lazy Person Complete a Statistics PhD? (and other questions) [closed]

I'm about to graduate with my BS and begin a PhD program in statistics. However, I have some doubts about my ability to succeed just because everyone says that a PhD is a grueling, long journey and ...
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Failing my PhD courseworks and Possibility of Transferring to other Fields/Industry

Background: I am a first year PhD student in Math and I am failing my classes miserably. I believe that I am a hard worker, passionate about math and I am definitely committed to the program. However, ...
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Deciding about a PhD program [duplicate]

I was recently accepted to a math PhD program that requires quite a big move. The research this program is involved in is very closely related to my interest but not 100% aligned with what I want to ...
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Do "filter courses" really filter out "weak" students from subsequent courses?

My department (of mathematical sciences in a US university) is considering some curriculum changes for our majors and the topic of our "mathematical filter course" came up. For clarity, I'll ...
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Is the ranking of a university/PhD program any more (less) influential for a non-traditional student aiming for Industry Research?

How does the ranking of a university relate to a future career in mathematics? University rank/stature - How much does it affect one's career post-Ph.D? Dove-tailing off of the second Academia ...
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Likeliness of getting University posts outside India when you started doing PhD at 35 in Mathematics

I need to tell you somewhat about myself first so that you people can better understand my situation. I did intermediate in 2005, then I did nothing until 2018 (bipolar disorder), but I recovered and ...
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What is the prestige/status/merit-value of a Graduate degree in Pure Math/Philosophy(of math, or logic) in industry (particularly programming jobs)?

I tried asking this same question here previously but worded it poorly. Please let me know if my muddled style is unclear to anyone alongside myself. What I'm essentially asking is: all else being ...
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As an evaluator in mathematics, how should I grade responses that answer the question asked, but in less detail than desired?

I want to know whether there is a need for responding to students who ask for points/marks by arguing that they only answered the question that was asked., a.k.a "literalism". So, I am ...
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What is the best way to approach professors in Europe about the possibility of an internship (as an unfunded, international student)?

I live in an Asian country and completed my master's in Math in June 2020. I want to do a PhD in Europe, but I have had some difficulties in finding a suitable position. I do not believe doing a PhD ...
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I want to change PhD programs because the city is unsafe, how do I approach this?

I am an international grad student in a middle-tier mathematics PhD program in the USA. I am still in my first year. Soon after joining the program I realized there is no active faculty who works ...
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Role of algebraic topology in number theory or algebraic geometry [closed]

I am an undergraduate student, broadly interested in number theory and algebraic geometry. As group cohomology and related things are an integral part of modern number theory and algebraic geometry, I ...
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Is it reasonable to have concerns about the recognition of Russian degrees given the war in Ukraine?

I would like to pursue my master's studies in mathematics in Russia. Yet, I was told that there's a possibility of foreign universities not recognizing Russian degrees due to the current political ...
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Is it normal to revise a manuscript a 4th time before it is published? Negative impact on my research?

I am a PhD scholar in mathematics, in particular number theory. Recently one of my research papers was published in a journal. This was the 4th revised version. All the 4 versions can be found in ...
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Somewhat regretting my decision about which graduate program to attend. Could I contact a program I declined and see if they still have a spot for me?

I've posted a few questions here in the past couple of days regarding grad school decisions; apologies for asking so many! It's a big decision and I want to do it right, but I don't want to bombard ...
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Working towards an academic career that lets me do research in two (largely) unconnected fields—is this even possible?

In undergrad, I did a double major in pure mathematics and linguistics. I ended up loving both fields, and wanting to pursue an academic career. The only problem is that I couldn't decide between them....
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Deciding between a pure math grad program and linguistics grad program with (potentially) mathematical bent, advice needed! [closed]

In undergrad I did a double major in math and linguistics, and I really fell in love with both fields. To be honest, I can't imagine ever fully giving up either one. I have a strong desire to go into ...
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Switching from physics to math PhD with NSF GRFP

I will graduate this semester with a bachelor's degree in physics (in the US). I applied for PhD programs in physics, but have come to realize (rather late in the process) that I want to pursue a PhD ...
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How should one design their students' take-home exam and decide on its length?

What strategies have you used to determine the length of your students' take home exams in the past? What is the best way to estimate/anticipate how long it will take students to complete a problem? ...
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Pros and cons of teaching in a department with no graduate program

Currently, I work in a small regional university, in USA, and my department has no graduate program (at least no Ph.D. program). On the one hand, I do not have to supervise graduate students, which ...
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How to stay calm on days of no progress? [duplicate]

I'm a math PhD student working in Pure Mathematics. I guess, everybody is familiar with those days when you make very little progress or no progress at all. As the title suggests, I would like to know ...
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Chance of publication in top combinatorics journals after complicated submission history

(First appeared in Mathoverflow) In May 2020, I submitted a paper to a notable Combinatorics journal where a couple of earlier papers in the topic of my paper had been published. It was one of my ...
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How does one appropriately navigate the situation of having a lot of prior knowledge before applying to university + courses not on main interests?

I am new here (but have been around MSE for some time). Generally on the mathematics stack exchange it's considered inappropriate to ask for personal advice but I see many such posts on this stack, so ...
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How to Self-Study in Ph.D math

I was recently admitted to the Top 10 Universities in Math Ph.D. The department is really strong at the Number Theory, I am primarily interested in the Number Theory so it is a good thing. I will be ...
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Can a research associate in UK supervise a PhD position in UK?

I have completed my master's from a country in Latin America in Mathematics in October 2021. I want to do PhD in Europe in Algebra. I was looking at the profiles of Algebra groups of the Universities ...
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What exactly is a survey article (review article) in research?

I have seen many articles with the "Survey" tag. What exactly does a (survey article consist of? Does it contain all the history and work done related to the particular topic? My concern: Is ...
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What does success look like in undergraduate research projects?

I've fortunately gotten a placement to do supervised mathematical research over the summer. The field is probability/statistics. My research topic has already been given to me. I'm planning on asking ...
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Suggestion for websites which list open PhD positions in Mathematics in France, UK, Netherlands, Denmark only

I am a student of an Asian country who completed the 2nd year of masters last year and I am applying for PhD positions in Pure Mathematics in Europe. I know about this scholarship database website ...
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PhD in computer science and work as a mathematician

I want to ask if it is possible to be a mathematician (while also being a computer scientist reseaching in a mathematical related field). I really love mathematics, specifically analytic number theory....
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