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On standards or conventions specific to mathematics as an academic discipline, and programs that lead to a degree in this field.

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Chinese Mathematics Education

I often wonder about Mathematics Education in China, particularly at the late high school and undergraduate level. In the US, a typical undergraduate math degree will include lower division: 1-2 ...
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Is my adviser stalling or am I being plainly lazy?

So I am a master's degree student in math at a local university. I am very dissatisfied and surprised with the type of work that my adviser asked me to do. I am unsure if I have bad attitude towards ...
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Showing research to some professor

I am a PhD student in mathematics. I am going to participate in a conference. I want to show my research to some great mathematcian who is a specialist in the area that I am working on. A friend of ...
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After posting in arxiv the author finds that proof technique in the paper has some similarity with some discussions in a math forum

Suppose in mathematics, someone writes a paper, uploads it to arxiv and afterwards he learns that the proof technique used in the paper has some similarity with some discussions in a math forum (e.g. ...
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Why do so many pure math PhD students in the USA drop out or leave academia, compared to applied mathematics PhDs in the USA?

I notice that many pure math PhD students, doing things like algebraic geometry or representation theory, drop out and enter industry and become software developers. The ones who finish their pure ...
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Transition from university teaching career to curricular assessment type jobs?

I'm curious if anybody here has ever transitioned from a teaching-strong academic career to a curriculum assessment type job (in calculus, for example)? If so, what would you be able to say about that?...
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How Important is the rank of a school in a certain specialty?

I am interested in applying for PhD programs in discrete mathematics, but one of the schools I'm looking at isn't included in the top 10 rankings of discrete math programs (at least not according to ...
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(UK, mathematics) Making the most of a teaching job as an aspiring researcher

I finished my PhD a few years ago, and since then have been hopping from temporary job to temporary job every year. They've all been research-and-teaching jobs, which has been exactly what I wanted. I ...
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Which Universities admit CS graduates for their theoretical physics course? [closed]

Hello am currently an undergraduate student. My major is CSE. But I am very much interested to do my masters and then PhD in theoretical physics/mathematical physics. Is there any university that ...
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Can someone become a teaching-oriented math professor at liberal arts colleges with a non-math but related PhD like EE or OR? [closed]

Just as the question says, is it possible for someone to get a tenured job at a liberal arts college math dept with a related PhD such as operations research or EE? Thanks,
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How are mathematicians paid to do research?

How are (pure) mathematicians paid to do research? Let's say my interests lie in the foundations of mathematics and I want to do research in that area. How am I going to get paid for that in the ...
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How is the mathematics academic job market outside of North America? [closed]

Most of the information online concerns academic positions in math at research-oriented US universities? In summary, it is extremely competitive. I'm just wondering, what's the situation at teaching-...
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Soft Question: Documentation of Important but Commonplace Calculations

I've noticed the following about some facts in probability and statistics (it is probably true more generally). Some results (formulas, for instance) may be moderately straightforward to derive and ...
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Found and corrected a mistake on someone's else paper — praxis?

3-4 months ago I found a big mistake in a theorem's proof of a paper that had just been published (stats/cs community). I immediately notified the authors, who claimed to be aware of the mistake but ...
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Citing a math theorem with errors

I apologize if this has already been asked; I can't find this exact question. Suppose author X writes a paper, and in this paper, they prove a result that is a very small part of their paper. However,...
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What to do during Math PhD to have options in industry?

I have recently been accepted to a top five math PhD program. The department seems to have a good mix of pure and applied math, and there are plenty of opportunities for collaboration with other ...
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Can an editor review manuscript without sending to reviewers?

I submitted my manuscript to a journal one month ago and the status is "with editor" up to now. As the editor of my paper is one of the leading scientists in the field of my research paper (...
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How can I learn to establish good research questions?

My problem is that I struggle with finding/posing questions that are worth researching. I think the reason is my lack of experience, but I am eager to learn and don't want to only rely on my ...
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What “soft-skills” does one need to succeed as a mathematician?

My question is about "soft-skills", i.e. knowing how to handle Latex, giving a speech or giving a lecture, or other knowledge that could be useful for a career in mathematics. Skills that (all) ...
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Does “required reviews completed” mean good news or bad?

I submitted by math paper to an Elsevier journal around 6 months ago. Today I logged into EES and saw that the status changed to "Required Reviews Completed" about 10 days ago. Is this good news or ...
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Will an undergraduate math or economics degree better position me for a top economics PhD program? [closed]

I'm currently a rising sophomore (just wrapped up my first year) at a top US university, and time has come for me to start taking decisions about major classes, now that I'm done with required ...
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Pursuing a PhD in applied math with a large amount of student debt [closed]

I'm 36 years old and work as systems administrator and lab instructor for a computer science department at a small liberal arts college. I'm also an adjunct math instructor for a community college. I ...
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Should a paper of exactly 15 pages be submitted to Transactions or Proceedings of the AMS?

I would like to submit a paper which is exactly 15 pages. The journal overview of Transactions of the AMS says: Papers of less than 15 printed pages that meet the above criteria should be submitted ...
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Math PhD in US vs Master + PhD in Europe [closed]

I'm currently doing my bachelor's degree in mathematics in Germany (Heidelberg to be precise) and I'll soon be applying for master programs / grad school. I basically consider two options: I) First ...
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Fixing mistakes from math's thesis and put that to the Internet?

I wrote a bad master's thesis, got a work but now I'm unemployed. I would like to improve my probability to get a work and show that I can write a better thesis. How wise it is to rewrite the thesis ...
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Is it necessary to have a background in philosophy in order to get a position in logic in philosophy departments?

What the title asks. Apparently there are some professors in departments of philosophy working on logic or semantics (e.g. William Starr or Nino Cocchiarella [retired]). Does one need to know the "...
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Publishing someone's argument

What if this happens: Say I contacted a researcher R in my field about particular question I had. They answered the question in a private email to me. Their sketch of the argument was about 5 ...
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Finishing a PhD that I started abroad, in the USA?

I studied in Europe some times ago but didn't finish my PhD dissertation. Recently I finished it and I published in a math journal. I never studied in the USA, but I have been living and working there....
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How to efficiently proofread my own mathematical paper?

The main purpose of this question is to collect some advices to efficiently proofread my own mathematical paper (when there are two authors or more, it is easier since one is supposed to read what the ...
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How to proofread your own papers in computer science?​ [duplicate]

I find it extremely hard to spot my own little typos in papers—especially math typos. Though minor, I think these type of typos can be dangerous since they can confuse reviewers, and sometimes leave ...
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Struggling to present results from long papers in short time slots

Most of my work thus far comprises two rather long and detailed papers that rely on a common underlying framework. (I know this is not great for a young academic, but it is what it is right now.) ...
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Reviewing papers at a journal where your own work is currently submitted

As an editor, how appropriate do you think it is to send a referee request to an author who currently has a paper under review at the same journal (with you as the editor with final say on whether ...
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How can one's career as a reviewer be ended?

In this forum, I am reading this great question (What is required of a mathematics referee?) by a user with the name mathprofessor. There is an answer by a user with the name Buffy which starts with: ...
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What is required of a mathematics referee?

To review a paper that was submitted to a good journal, what am I required to do? Must I understand everything presented in the paper? Must I check the details and verify each argument/proof? Or is ...
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Doubting my PhD ability

Writing this from a temporary account. I am enrolled in a PhD program in math, and more and more often I am doubting my abilities in doing the program. I work, so it happens, de facto under two ...
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Make some papers in PhD [closed]

I am a third year PhD Student in math. I am studying abroad from my country. I need some advice. I have three main problems that I would like to share with you. 1) It seems, I will be graduated ...
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Do graduate committees in math decide to not take students based on lack of knowledge of specific topics? [closed]

My question is far more specific than the one in the title, and so, I urge you to not reply to the question in the title alone, and to try and reply to the questions I shall pose in this note. I am ...
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Is it a good idea to apply for PhD in Econ before finishing my Msc in Economics first?

Ok so I am currently pursuing a Msc in Economics with a research distinction in Norway. I just finished my first year of studies and my grades are competitive. All A's except of a B. I have 2 more ...
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How to ask dumb questions

I am having trouble asking questions in seminars, conferences, and public talks. As a graduate math student I often fail to keep up with speaker and more mature members of the audience at events like ...
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Journals with title “Bulletin”

I am asking this question to understand the difference (if there exits any) between reputation of some journals in mathematics which includes "Bulletin" in their title with other journals? In the ...
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How can I tell if I'm being too picky as a referee?

I am a mathematician, frequently asked to referee papers. (As my career progresses, I now find myself frequently asked to referee good papers.) I have found that I've gotten pickier and pickier as a ...
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Submitting to a journal that requires a French abstract as a non-French-speaker: how important is the French abstract?

I'm a non-French-speaking mathematician submitting an English paper to a French journal that requires a French abstract (but publishes papers in English). I don't think I know anyone I'd be ...
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How do you determine if you don't have interest in research or merely don't have the discipline?

I finished my PhD in probability a few years ago and left to go work in the industry as software engineer in operating systems and databases. I sometimes ponder whether I can go back to doing ...
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After successfully publishing papers during my Post-Doc, why am I now having trouble publishing as a tenure track academic?

I have had my PhD in mathematics for four and a half years now, completed two postdocs and found a tenure track job at a mostly teaching university. While I provide substantial background information ...
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How to cope with failing qualify exams?

I am a graduate student in mathematics and I recently found out that I failed my qualify exams. I have the chance to take them next year. But now I am really concerning my future. The problem is that ...
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Papers on ArXiv as main references

I am going to prepare a math research paper and one of my main and necessary references is an article on ArXiv. I do not know whether I continue to prepare my article or not. Since I have doubt with ...
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Interview for a mathematical periodical

I ("interviewer") am a mathematician and plan to publish an interview with another (very famous, much more senior) mathematician ("interviewee") in a periodical of a local mathematical organization. ...
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May I include results from a collaboration in my PhD thesis?

As a Ph.D. student, I am curious about the following: if you collaborate with a researcher(not necessarily your advisor) while being a student, should you write in your dissertation the work of the ...
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Does the usage of mathematical symbols work differently in books than in theses?

From what I know, one cannot use a mathematical symbol for two different notations in a thesis. Is this right? The thing is that I am trying to cite a book in my thesis, but this book uses (tau) for ...
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In a mathematics article, how much of the argument can be given outside of “proof” environments?

I'm writing an article containing one main theorem, with the other results essentially corollaries of that theorem. The largest part of the article is thus spend proving this main theorem. It feels ...