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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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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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Transition to Mathematics from Engineering

I have been recently accepted in one of the top 20 universities, in US, to pursue masters in pure mathematics. As much as I am overwhelmed with joy, I fear that I may end up being an utter failure. ...
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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 ...
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Very competitive program vs. not-so-competitive program (Math PhD) & other deciding factors. [duplicate]

My question is about choosing between two math PhD programs in the US. I am waitlisted to a top 20 math PhD program located in the north east. I am also admitted into a 70-ish ranked school (math PhD)...
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Career Suggestion: Should I try to improve my manuscript or try to increase paper count after submitting PhD thesis

I am a PhD student in Applied Mathematics. I submitted my Phd thesis and starting to apply for postdoc positions. In my PhD thesis I have one work published in a tier 1 math journal and the other two ...
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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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Would you recommend internship, or more courses, for preparing for a PhD in Applied Math? [closed]

For a math student, does an industrial internship, where you use the applications of the mathematics you learned in courses, give a better preparation for a PhD in Applied Math, or taking more ...
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Is it easier to get high-ranking admittance from MA or lower-ranking PhD? [closed]

I would like to ask regarding about changing to a better graduate program. I'm an international student and I'm about to graduate this semester. At first, I had no intention to enter graduate school....
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What to do about not receiving credit in a paper (lack of acknowledgment)

Recently there have been a few instances of preprints I've seen on arXiv where I felt that I didn't receive due credit (an acknowledgment or at least a mention) for certain things. Here are a couple ...
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What should I do if funding announcements aren't made until after the acceptance deadline?

I was admitted to a US PhD Math program but funding letter was nowhere to be seen. Apparently, they send out funding letter separately. When I inquired about funding they told me that funding offers ...
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Recommended for admission by the department but still haven't received official decision

I was recommended for admission into the Math PhD program at a large state university in the US two weeks ago and the department informed me that they are forwarding my application to be reviewed by ...
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About manuscript submission status [duplicate]

I have submitted a manuscript to a Els-vier journal of mathematics. Initially the status was with editor, then it changed into submitted to journal and after that again it changed to with editor ...
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Where does one draw the line to determine what is ethical to share and what isn't?

I am starting to design my personal website and I would like to devote part of the site to sharing knowledge in the fields of Mathematics and Computer Science. My main concern is determining what is ...
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How to make a 40-minutes presentation about a research paper I've read? [closed]

I have to give a 40-minute presentation about a research paper that I have to read in mathematics. What I’ve done so far: read the paper :-) and taken notes on unclear/non-obvious parts. started ...
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How do I get feedback after a failed tenure-track job search?

This year I went on the job market early (one year before the end of my postdoc). I applied selectively but to about 30-40 positions across a few countries. I had one campus interview. After the ...
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Submitting a rejected paper to the same editor in a different journal

Submitting a rejected paper to the same editor in a different journal. One of my papers was rejected from a top journal in mathematics. ( I submitted it to an editor, say A) Two reviews basically ...
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Reject a paper based on relevant but pointless research direction

Disclaimer: this is a hypothetical question, not (immediately) related to any concrete past, present or future reviewed paper. My context is the no man's land between Computer Science and Applied ...
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How to ask new advisor about her “style” in a professional way?

In the first meeting my new advisor, how should I ask her what her "style" is when supervising students, in a way that is straightforward but not cheeky? Bonus question: what are good questions to ...
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What can a grad student do when their assistantship requires more hours than specified in their contract?

I'm currently finishing my second year as a STEM PhD student at a fairly large research university. As a grad student, I am expected to fulfill 20 hours of extra duties each week. Typically this ...
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What license should be chosen on arXiv for a paper to be published in Communications in Algebra at Taylor&Francis?

I have never been submitting the paper to arXiv so I have a question about what kind of license or declaration I must choose to be able to submit the expanded version of the manuscript, which is soon ...
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Assessing quality of research groups within math departments as a prospective PhD student?

First, let me quickly say that I've read as many related questions on this site as I can find, and I believe my questions haven't been directly addressed yet. I am currently selecting between a few ...
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Referring to the work of other academics in interview with potential supervisor?

In an interview with a potential PhD supervisor, is it ok to refer to papers published by a different academic, or should I mainly talk about the potential supervisor's papers? thanks
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PhD interview question: BSc dissertation/'thesis'

My BSc dissertation was basically a literature review of Sean Carroll lecture notes on general relativity. I got a first in this, and was offered PhD interviews with the supervisors being aware of ...
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Filling in details from other papers, is it good or bad?

Say I find a Math Proposition in another paper, which is just stated, and no proof (nor even sketch of proof) is given. If I am writing a paper referencing that paper, is it good or bad (from ...
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Why subscribe to printed versions of math journals?

This question follows from a MathOverflow question, "Why should one subscribe to print Journals". It seems obvious to me that having print journals in a library is beneficial. Yes, Arxiv, MathSciNet, ...
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How to ask “Do you have any projects for me?” to a professor (who is not your own advisor)

Suppose that you already have an advisor and an ongoing project. Suppose that you are willing to get a "side gig" and that there is a professor you know at your school who is working in an area that ...
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Are there enough academic jobs for geometric measure theorists? [closed]

I am considering focusing on Geometric Measure Theory, and I want to stay in academia. Some of my colleagues told me that there are fewer and fewer people doing GMT in the US, which would result in ...
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Sending multiple revisions to editor/referee

I'm finding that this is a problem for me. All of my papers have been solo efforts so, naturally, nobody else is really invested in them before I submit to journals. After I submit a paper, I ...
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Is it ethical to send an unpublished draft preprint to a competitor by email to establish priority?

I am a mathematician. I recently formulated a conjecture, and was working toward proving it. Another mathematician I know only via email also conjectured the same around the same time. I now managed ...
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In general, at the Master level, is the concentration Applied Maths easier/more practical than other branches of “Pure Maths”? [closed]

I'm choosing the direction for my graduate study. I like Maths, but have limited exposure to different areas of it. As I've only just finished my Bachelor, I can't say for sure what my strengths are, ...
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Salary for math professors at 4-year liberal arts colleges?

I am working on the latter half of my PhD in mathematics at a mid-ranked university, and I am beginning to think about what kind of career I would like to have after I graduate. I am leaning towards a ...
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PhD in mathematics, science communication jobs

I'm doing a PhD in mathematics at one of the world-leading universities. I spend a lot of time engaging in science communication: both speaking (talks for general audience, some of them quite ...
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Do most major math journals not care about a piece of research unless it proves an established result or problem?

And by established, I mean something that of course already exists be it in a textbook or another research text. I ask because I am developing/researching a what could be said to be quite original ...
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How to resolve grading dispute between TA and Lecturer?

On a math exam recently, the students were asked to use the definition of a limit of a sequence to prove that the sequence given by 3n/(3n+5) converges to 1. Given a positive number Ɛ, the definition ...