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Questions tagged [mathematics]

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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Using of the word “Mathematician” [closed]

Is is true to call a newly Ph.D graduated of mathematics a Mathematician ?
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How do graduate schools in Mathematics view advanced graduate courses taken at a less prestigious undergraduate institution?

I am a junior undergraduate at a less prestigious school. I have the option of taking graduate courses. I am sure I won't run out of them. However I am skeptical of how committee especially top ...
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Contacting potential PhD advisors while not knowing research topic?

In December I will finish a Computational Sciences M.S. degree and plan to pursue a PhD in Applied and Computational mathematics afterwards. I have a B.Sc. in Applied and Computational Mathematics so ...
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Write “ongoing research projects” in a CV

What is a neat way to include "ongoing research projects" in a mathematician's academic CV? By this, I mean something that is narrower than a generic "research interest", but not quite as defined as ...
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Is publishing in a special issue of a Q3 Journal as relevant as publishing in a Q1 Journal?

I want to publish a paper in mathematics in a special issue of my topic but in a Q3 Journal (i.e., ranked in 3rd quartile). The catch is that in this issue, the editors are some of the top leaders in ...
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Current state of French mathematics school [closed]

France has a very strong reputation historicaly in mathematics, and many famous mathematicians studied in their top universities. But is it still the case? I am particularely interested in the current ...
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What is the eligibility criteria for doing research in physics?

I will be completing my MSc in mathematics, in India; and have before completed my PUC (11 & 12th classes) in PCMC (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science), and BSc in PCM (Physics, ...
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How to efficiently find citations for quotations after writing?

I wrote a long document about mathematics with a lot of quotations. I must provide a citation for every quotation, but did not do this so far. Now I’m stuck because I can’t efficiently find the ...
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Did the professor “give” me this project?

Some time ago a professor gave me a small mathematics problem for independent research. While doing reading for this problem I found a substantially different but not unrelated problem mentioned in ...
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How can one overcome the disadvantage of studying in less prestigious international school for admission in top 10 Math PhD programs?

I am a international applicant. I study in fairly less prestigious undergraduate school. I am aware that this will have a affect on my Grad School Applications. Since I am freshman I was wondering of ...
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Incompatibility between job and field of study [closed]

Finding jobs for Ph.D graduate in mathematics is the main concern. Available options are namely in general industry and academia. I see, for instance, some Ph.D in math (algebraic geometry) working ...
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For German undergraduate and graduate math classes, does the professor or assistant write the exercise sheets?

For German undergraduate and graduate math classes, does the professor or assistant write the exercise sheets? In the United States it is typical for the professor to write them. I am curious what ...
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Career Options after PhD in Math (International)

I'm an international student, originally from a country in South Asia. I have been admitted to a PhD program in Mathematics. The school is ranked in the top 70-80 range. While I'm interested in ...
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Career change for a mathematician - from academia to …? [closed]

I'm looking for good hints for my professional life. I am a mathematician (32 years old) who worked up to now in academia in Europe. My short CV: PhD + three and a half years of postdoctoral ...
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Can Budapest Semesters in Mathematics outset the disadvantage of not attending a prestigious undergraduate for top graduate programs in Mathematics? [closed]

I am an international applicant from a less prestigious school. Although with help of my coursework and recommendations letter from my advisor and internship advisor I hope I can make to Budapest ...
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Is there a viable path to a top Math PhD program through a non-flagship state school

I know this is a topic frequently talked about here, but I'm coming from a different point than any of the posts I've found so I figured I'd ask. This post is less of a "can I do it?" question and ...
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Information Regarding PhD Admissions [closed]

Are there universities that offer PhD in Mathematics without GRE or TOEFL in Europe? I have completed my Masters in Applied Mathematics with a cgpa 8.0. I am keen to pursue research in Mathematics ...
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Intellectual property of computer program of another authors equation?

When transfering a rather complex equation from another authors published article, to a computer programming language such as R, does the intellectual property of the script itself belong to the ...
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Is finding an interest in Mathematics in late teens not a good sign for amazing research capability?

I am 19 years old. I was average in high school in Mathematics. I never participated in IMO or related competitions. As a result I didn't join a prestigious undergraduate school. However during 2nd ...
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To what extent is Linux prevalent in University maths departments? [closed]

To what extent is Linux prevelant in University maths departments? I understand that distributions such as Scientific Linux and Fedora are quite popular, but I don't know whether this means 5% or 50% ...
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How to transition from theoretical mathematics to theoretical computer science

Background: I started my undergraduate career in computer science and transitioned to mathematics leaving computer science as a minor. I have just recently completed my Bachelors in Mathematics with a ...
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Should a thesis advisor be an onlooker or somebody who struggles with the problem?

I am asking about research in a Math department, although I believe the question generalises to other departments. I would like to know what a potential thesis advisor should be like. Should the ...
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Unsuccessful job search with an MS in Math degree

My question is similar to this one Career for a mathematician outside academia but slightly different: what can I do with an MS in Math degree, if I don't continue for a PhD? I wrote an MS thesis, ...
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Why might researchers distinguish their interests between applied math and computational math?

I often see PhD students and faculty members describe their research interests on their web pages as something like: I am broadly interested in applied and computational mathematics. What is the ...
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Do prestigious mathematics journals discriminate against young (undergraduate) authors?

I am an undergraduate mathematics major. I have made a draft of a paper on group theory. My paper is not a breakthrough. After scanning through a lot of journals I have come down to Journal of Group ...
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How much does the reputation of the undergrad institution matter in top 10 graduate schools in Mathematics?

I will be starting as a freshman in August 2018 in an undergrad institution. My school does not have the best reputation for mathematics in my country. Although it has a tie-up with another nearby ...
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Should I put a theorem statement with a lot of hypotheses and notation in the introduction?

I have a theorem which requires a lot of notation and explanation and hypotheses in order to state. I usually tend to put all theorem statements in the introduction of the paper so that someone can ...
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Would it be arrogant for me to offer my professor material on the module they teach?

I am a first year CS undergraduate taking a module on differential equations. For part of this module I did a personal project on the motion of simple harmonic systems (damped and undamped) which I ...
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Can I get admitted to Master in mathematics program if I only have a medical degree? [closed]

I will complete my medical school (in Indonesia) very shortly. I'm planning to pursue a master degree in mathematics at a university in the USA or UK. I do not have a mathematics bachelor's degree. ...
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When is it acceptable to issue an update to a manuscript that is still under review?

16 months ago, I finished a paper A and submitted it to a journal X. It is currently still under review. (For the journal's defence, it must be said that the paper is quite long - 89 pages). This ...
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Is mathematics becoming more applied, while engineering is becoming more math-y?

Is mathematics becoming more applied, while engineering is becoming more math-y? I’m seeing curriculum changes at our school that has pretty good math, physics, and engineering departments, and it ...
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Taking a risk working with a new professor? (Math Grad School)

I will be starting a math PhD program in the Fall with hopes of working with a professor who graduated recently (between 4 and 6 years ago). This professor is working in my desired field, but I'm not ...
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Citations in a math blog

I am an incoming math PhD student in the US. I am thinking of starting a math blog. The intended audience is myself plus maybe other math graduate students. I am a little concerned about citations to ...
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Will graduate school rescind my offer? [closed]

I am currently a senior in college who got accepted into a math PhD program in the US. This semester I slack off a little bit and as a result, I might get a B and B- in two math courses (I got an A in ...
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Is getting into MSc programs in Europe easier than PhD in US?

PhD programs in US usually include an MSc degree and many of the admitted students don't have an MSc. In Europe however, with just a few exceptions, everywhere requires an MSc for a PhD. There are ...
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How to acknowledge a MathOverflow user?

I am writing a research paper. A small but important idea for the paper was found on MathOverflow. I know the real name of the user. I tried contacting him and offered him co-authorship, but I got no ...
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Master's at Undergrad University Then Pursue PhD Elsewhere

My university has a 5 year BS/MS degree for mathematical sciences and I am graduating a year early, so I can do the BS/MS in only 4 years. I am considering applying to PhD programs at other ...
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Taking loan in Theoretical Physics

How common is it for students to take loan in theoretical physics? Theoretical physics and mathematics students are advised not to take loan as there are very few jobs in both fields. I got admitted ...
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Difference between postdoc and researcher in Sweden?

At Uppsala universitet there are currently open positions as mathematics postdoc and as researchers. The announcement texts are identical, aside from this part (and clarification on it) that is ...
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How far can I go when requesting presentational changes in a review?

First time reviewer for a mathematical journal here. I'm encountering a lot of little presentational flaws, such as typos and grammatical errors, but also LaTeX problems. It doesn't stop there, I ...
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I have excellent grades in my upper div math courses. Due to personal events, my Calc I grade is a C. How will this affect my graduate admissions? [duplicate]

I am an undergraduate pure maths major looking to attend graduate school in pure mathematics. At my first college, I had a fairly traumatic first semester that led to, among other things, a C grade ...
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What are the typical differences between doing a math phd and an engineering phd on the same research topic?

What are the typical differences between doing a math phd and an engineering phd on the same research topic? Take, for example, fluid dynamics. Does working on a phd thesis on a problem in fluid ...
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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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Can I publish a paper in mathematics education on a computer program? [closed]

I am a PhD student in mathematics education. As a part of my thesis, in the last year I designed a learning environment for tablets, similar to a computer game. The program is designed for children ...
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Is it unusual for a prospective university to offer a bonus to your stipend after visiting?

I am a prospective PhD math student. This year's application season has brought me down to two schools to choose from: Medium-sized department, ranked <80 on US News (whatever that means), very ...
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Questions about research assistant posts

Warning: The following are stupid questions. (Read in Kiefer Sutherland's voice) Question 1 Is it weird or stupid to apply for a research assistant post at some university or research institute, and ...
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Is it acceptable to apply to a masters program based on your weakness, rather than you strength?

As an undergrad, I took a wide variety of courses, but focused on one or two fields and took advanced courses only in those, and those fields are my strengths. I intend to do a PhD, but now I'm ...
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Phd in the computer science - mathematics interface

Currently I am Bachelor student in Psychology. My plan is to do a Master in Artificial-intelligence. And then I wish to do research on the interface in Computer Science/Artificial-intelligence and ...
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Question on etiquette while trying to secure a postdoctoral position

Let us suppose that a certain senior Ph. D. student is interested in "securing" a postdoctoral position under a professor whom he does look up to. Would it be right for the student to write the ...
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Math / physics conference with one week review period - reasonable?

I recently received an invitation to review a mathematics paper for a conference called "International Conference on Physics, Mathematics and Statistics". It's not one I'm familiar with, but their ...