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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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Working remotely in the summer (MSc)

I'm considering moving back in with my parents over the summer to save money on rent. I would still be able to commute to campus at least once a week (4 hours each way, but I can nap on the ferry ride)...
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How to evaluate the research level of a paper before any publication?

There are three differents cases when the research level of a paper must be evaluated before any publication: for author: to choose the most appropriate journal, for referee: to recommend ...
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I got the following comment from a reputed math journal. What does it mean?

I got this comment after more than 75 days of submission: The considered problem in this manuscript is a practice in high mathematics and can not be a paper for publication in high-level journals. ...
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Rounding changes statistical results [closed]

My supervisor asked me to calculate some statistics and provided reference values she considers to be cut-offs. She provided me with these values rounded to one significant digit. While doing the ...
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Is it helpful to tell a university that I have admission and scholarship from another university?

I have got an admission letter with full scholarship (i.e. covering tuition fees, living expenses, etc.) from a top university X (ranking under 50) but I want to take care of my grandmother who is not ...
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Will publishing in the new Graduate Journal of Mathematics hurt one's chances of landing in academia? [closed]

The Graduate Journal of Mathematics is a new refereed journal, started up in 2016, which particularly encourages grad student contributions, expository write-ups, lecture-note formats, or full papers. ...
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Can someone explain what is being said here in color publishing in the American Mathematical Monthly?

Under "Information for Authors" at the American Mathematical Monthly, there is this statement for color charges in publishing: Color art will be reproduced in color in the online publication at no ...
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Create something impactful or just generalize results?

I am a second year Pure Maths PhD student in Asia. My research interest lies in functional analysis, particularly Banach Space Theory. My aim is to work in academia as professor. Recently my PhD ...
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Criteria for a Pure Math teaching job at a university

I'm assuming that all good universities in Europe/North America have PhD as the minimum requirement for a teaching job. What I want to know is: How much experience (research and teaching both) is ...
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What is the expected time commitment for a part time Research Master's Program?

Let's say I get accepted to a Master's Degree Program in Applied Mathematics with a Research Thesis component. If I take 1 class a semester for 6 years and work on my thesis each semester, what could ...
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What to do if my university does not offer any advanced math courses?

I am enrolled in a university close to my home in a bachelor of electrical engineering and a bachelor of data science. The university I am attending does not offer a lot of math courses. The only math ...
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Is it a bad sign if I do not get anything from problem discussions with professors or fellow students?

This is a question specifically about mathematics. All math people I've talked with like discussing problems (or math in general) with others, and most people claimed that they learned most from ...
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What is the better age to go to school? [closed]

Einstein's best work was not till after he was 30 years old. Is it possible for some people to mentally develop later in life obtaining the ability to learn Math and other subjects easier than when ...
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Acceptable length for thesis defense presentation in mathematics

I'm a Masters' student in maths and it's close to my thesis oral defense. As such, I'm preparing my slides to present them. However, I'm feeling that my presentation has too many slides (albeit my ...
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getting a job with a PhD in (pure) mathematics

Probably this concern has been addressed several times here but I will give a try to get other people's perspective from my situation. I am feeling sort of hopeless these times. I am in my last year ...
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How to speak fluent English being a mathematics teacher? [closed]

I am an assistant professor of mathematics (and pursuing in service Ph.D in mathematics ) a non native English speaker. I was not bad at English during my school days. Gradually, my effeciancy in ...
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Graduate school and students with learning disabilities

I'm looking to apply to a Ph.D program in mathematics. I was going to apply last year, but ended up getting cold feet because I wasn't sure how having a learning disability would affect (1) being ...
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Can I add non-cited reference to bibliography?

I want to add non-cited references to bibliography for two reasons. Sometimes, it is not clear whether I referred to it or not. Clearly, not only citing a statement is a citation, but also citing an ...
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What is the etiquette for resubmitting math papers?

I have two math papers I have submitted for publication. Unfortunately neither paper was publishable in their original form. Both times I received a write up of the subject by the reviewer. I was ...
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Difference between a letter/short article and a full length article?

After 3 weeks from submission, I recieved the below email from the editor in chief of an applied math journal, asking whether I would consider changing my manuscript from full length article to a ...
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Are the Master Program & Certificates I am about to embark on relevant to my career & academic plan? [closed]

I have a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering, I'm 27 and I currently work for a leading world organization. However my heart is somewhere else. I aspire to be a scientist, so a masters and a PhD are ...
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How much is too much when it comes to diagrams in a research article? [closed]

This is actually specific to mathematics. In particular, in the sub field of category theory, differential geometry, algebraic geometry. Question is as mentioned above. How much is too much when ...
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Was forced out of PhD for academic/health reasons, need advice on what to do next

I was accepted into a PhD in maths at a fairly highly ranked school in 2017. My supervisor was known for being quite demanding, but I wanted this because I wanted to push myself, and he is quite well ...
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How should one present research done in a CV to a graduate program in mathematics?

This is a question about how to best convey research done to an admissions committee for graduate school. I have basically two combating philosophies, both may be wrong: state the "official name" of ...
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Is it possible to do PhD in pure mathematics after engineering

I have an MTech in Industrial Drives and Control (Electrical Eng). After that could not go for any work... After giving some tuition, I came to the conclusion that I am genuinely interested in ...
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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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Is it acceptable to add a result to a paper when a journal asks for revisions?

A while back, I submitted a paper to a mathematics journal. Since then, I have managed to prove an additional result that I think would improve the paper. If the paper gets rejected, I plan to ...
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What non-research activities are most valuable when applying for faculty positions in mathematics?

I am asking this question for two reasons: first to work on activities to strengthen my CV for the future, and second to write a plan for professional development activities as part of a grant ...
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Resubmitting a Paper to a Mathematics Journal After Questionable Rejection

Summary I have recently submitted a paper to a fairly prestigious journal in my subfield of mathematics, along with a co-author. I am a junior author, but my co-author is well-established. It's not ...
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Thesis or published papers for PhD application?

There are two types of programs (maths - Turkey) that I can apply for MSc : With and without thesis. I agree that writing a thesis is a writing task to learn and important but I can also learn how to ...
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If supervisor has no expertise in your research work, is it possible to do a PhD under that supervisor?

In my PhD, I am assigned mathematical modeling topics and my supervisor's work is related to mathematical biology. But I don't want to work in mathematical biology. Because actually there is not so ...
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How acceptable is it to ask a professor a question such as “so you think it's justifiable to take points off my proof for this?”? [closed]

TLDR: Professor apparently only takes at most one look at a student's answer to determine correctness, doesn't award full marks kind of unfairly (clarifications below), is offended by hearing the ...
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Is is appropriate to specify what a general studies degree was in?

I graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering back in May. However, due to some extra credits I also have a general studies degree, the diploma for which simply states "Bachelor of Science" and ...
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What is considered a reasonable length for a math research paper? [closed]

I've read that many mathematics journals have page limits. What are they, roughly? I think in one of Steven Krantz's pieces he says that if a journal is going to publish a 50-page paper, then "it had ...
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Passionate about a PhD in math, but unsure how to explain my chaotic transcript due to mental illness

I'm passionate about getting a PhD in Math for a career as a research mathematician and then as an educator working at a community college. I got A's in community college. I transferred to our local ...
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Applied Math PhD Advisor dilemma [closed]

I was hoping to get some opinions on my current situation involving leaving one advisor for another. Background: I am a second year graduate student in applied mathematics and I have passed all my ...
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why is the impact factor of mathematical journals “often” lower than the impact factor of journals in other disciplines

I was always wondering why is the impact factor of mathematical journals "often" lower than the impact factor of journals in other disciplines? I come up with some guesses that I would like to know ...
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What are some characteristics of top quality research work in math? [closed]

What are some characteristics of top quality research work in math? What do papers in top notch math journals have in common?
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Do most Mathematics Phd programs accept class credit from a masters program to transfer?

I'm considering entering into a terminal masters in mathematics program. I was wondering if after completing the masters, if most US PhD programs will accept the masters graduate classes I took as ...
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How important is it to have publications to get a math postdoc?

The applications often ask for a publication list. If the only publication on the list is a thesis in preparation/preprint, would the candidate's application be rejected because of that? Is it ...
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How to do a masters proposal?

Suppose that I have an idea "not fully developed" of course but a sketch somehow. If I want to convince an advisor by it and let him take me seriously. What should I do? My field of study is ...
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how is statement of pupose structured? [closed]

How is my statement of purpose? Please take a look and give me your feedback, Please help me: I'm applying at Concordia University in Actuarial Science program. There are two important reasons for ...
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What are the main reasons postdoc applicants get rejected?

I'm applying for postdoc jobs right now (math). I was put on the short-list for one position and had an interview but the PI for that postdoc made the offer to someone else. I'm starting to get ...
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Do I need to contact professors before sending my postdoc applications?

I intend to apply for a call for a postdoctoral position. Is it necessary to contact professors before sending my application formally? If so, which documents should be sent? Is my CV enough or should ...
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What is expected from a mathematics student bachelor's thesis?

Well, I like maths, I like studying it and applying it. But I always feared the moment when I'd actually have to do a thesis. I'm in my third year of bachelor's studies. What I was wondering about is ...
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For MathJobs does it matter what you put down for Primary Interest?

Is it better to indicate 3 interests rather than one? Does it affect who looks at my file or affect my chances of acceptance in any way? For example, suppose I'm mainly interested in combinatorics but ...
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Can I transition from 3 years out of school to a master's in computer science?

To erase any confusion, this question is geared entirely towards requirements and expectations of academicians. I am not asking for recommendations for universities or research topics, nor am I asking ...
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How important are extracurricular activities as a Mathematics Major? [duplicate]

So I'm about halfway through my Sophomore year of college at LSU and on my way to a major in Mathematics with about a 4.05 GPA so far. My main objective is to be a desirable candidate for a good grad ...
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Life as a financially independent academic

I hope this is not to much rambling, but there is a concrete question in the end. I really like being a mathematician. I like the constant learning, I like working on problems at research-level and I ...
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How do I tell whether I need another advisor?

I am a second year PhD student in math. I recently feel miserable working with my current advisor so I am considering switching advisor or adding a second advisor. A few problems I can think of at ...