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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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Tips for making online presentation over Skype

I am about to complete my PhD. My area is functional analytic/ operator theoretic aspects of quantum information. I am applying for post-doctoral positions in various places. Recently, one group ...
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Is it bad to publish only in specialized math journals?

I work in the field of algebra (more specifically the representation theory of groups). I published most of my papers in journals of algebra and another algebra journal of similar quality as journal ...
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When writing a synopsis “review”, may I contact the authors with questions?

Please read the following background paragraph carefully to understand the meaning of "review" in this question - it may not be what you think. In particular, this is not a duplicate of Is it ...
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Do course buyouts happen in pure mathematics?

I am a pure mathematician teaching a 2-2 load at a state research university in the United States. I know that many of my colleagues in applied math, engineering, and the laboratory sciences are able ...
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Recommendation letters for “good enough” students

I'm a math professor. I get asked to write a number of recommendation letters to graduate schools where my honest view of the candidate is "this student would fall somewhere in the bottom 25-50% of ...
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Is it bad to apply for a job immediately after it was posted?

I am applying for jobs on mathjobs.org, and I regularly refresh the new postings page. Sometimes I see jobs that I want to apply for right away, but I am not sure if it looks bad. I am worried about ...
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May I discuss a paper I have only seen as a referee? [duplicate]

Recently I refereed a paper in pure mathematics. Although I recommended a "major revision", I was quite impressed with the paper, and indeed I would like to: (1) describe his results in a grant ...
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Are there any research careers except professorship for a person holding PhD in pure mathematics?

I'm interested in mathematical research, but want to know if there are good jobs besides being a professor. Are there any lucrative research-centric careers out there for someone with a PhD in pure ...
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I found another proof of my theorem. Can I present two different proofs in the paper?

My area is mathematics. I have just found another proof of the main theorem in my paper. It is slightly more elegant than the previous proof that I wrote, but the idea is very different. When ...
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How to explain things in the motivation section of a mathematical paper without proper definitions?

I want to start a chapter in my dissertation by motivating a mathematical operator by showing why it is interesting to look at it and what I can contribute to understand it better. However, I actually ...
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Goal for 20min. presentation at math conference

I've been invited to give a 20 minute talk at a mathematics conference in a couple months. The audience members all work in my field, so they will be familiar with most of the terminology and ...
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Is grad school typically time-intensive?

I would like to know what is graduate school supposed to be like? I started grad school for mathematics 2 months ago and I find myself studying all the time with no time for anything else (except ...
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Path to a good grad school in math during undergrad?

I'm a high school senior about to graduate in 1 month. I have a strong passion in math, and I want to be a mathematician. What is the best path to getting into a top grad school? How many REU's should ...
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Why are there so few MOOCs for the core college curriculum for a BS in Math?

I've noticed that there are very few Massive Online Open Course (MOOCs) that cover the core college math curriculum, for example Basic integral and differential calculus ODE PDE Linear Algebra ...
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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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How often do good journals publish amusing little corollaries?

I've had a little corollary sitting around a while now. It is closely related to a major theorem in my area. Its statement is easy to understand (and rather interesting/amusing on the surface of it) ...
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Value of having done applied math research when applying to PhD programs in pure math

I will be a second year math under-grad in September, and currently doing an internship at applied math research institute. Most probably, I will come up with a research paper at the end of the ...
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Is it a red flag for a PhD program if their graduating students cannot find postdoc?

I got accepted to one of my top choice schools for a math Ph.D. However the graduate students there said in the past few years, the Ph.D.s before them (both pure and applied math) had quite a bit of ...
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Refer to arxiv version?

Am I breaking some kind of rule if I'm adding the arxiv link to the bibitem for an article that's published in a journal? I thought obviously not until I noticed that (link to arxiv) and (page number ...
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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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Lack of team support in post-PhD Mathematics career

I received my PhD in mathematics about ten years ago. Despite my preference, desire, and attempts, I was not offered any postdoctoral positions. Part of the reason was (I think) that my dissertation ...
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What do we know about working times of great living scientists?

I am looking for two kinds of data about the great scientists of today, Their average daily routine of work. Like how many hours and when? Their average length of time of being able to think ...
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How to build bridges between mathematicians, computer scientists and biologists?

I am part of a recently founded laboratory in computational biology and we are trying to get all the parts (biologists, computer scientists, mathematicians, and so on) to speak the same language, or ...
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How to find the right balance between details and the main ideas?

I am a young PhD-student who just started doing real research in mathematics. Of course, this starts with learning stuff which has already been investigated. If I try to understand for instance a ...
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Retake the math GRE… as a grad student, preparing to transfer?

I'm currently a first year PhD student at a respectable but not top-ranked math program. I'm also confident that I am among the top three first year students in my program. As an undergrad I went to a ...
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How can I digitally typeset math? [closed]

I want to digitally publish a document which includes mathematical equations – including symbols for integration, summation, etc. This isn’t possible in MS Office or Notepad, which makes things ...
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'Virtual' postdoc (in math)

Assume that a given postdoctoral position does not require teaching/laboratory. Are there postdoc positions for someone who wishes to stay in his/her country and just be in touch with the post-doc ...
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I am a student of high potential but not great on paper, how should I go about transferring to a university more at my level?

I am currently in my first year of a general mathematics PhD program at a state university that isn't rated particularly high. As far my classes go, I put in little to no effort towards them and ...
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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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How to cite “Crelle's Journal”

Crelle's Journal is a nickname of a Mathematics Journal, and it's full name is "Journal für die reine und angewandte Mathematik". It's commonly called Crelle since it is founded in 1826 by August ...
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Why are Ph.D admission numbers low?

I am applying to a few Ph.D programs in mathematics and I found that most schools only admit about 5% of applicants. I know most programs fund students; some schools give stipends to all incoming ...
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How to find out the average duration of the peer-review process for a given journal?

I have a mathematics paper ready for publishing, but I can't decide to which journal should I publish it. The main thing based on which I want to publish the paper to a specific journal is its short ...
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Should I oppose reviewers whose results I show to be wrong?

I am submitting a mathematics paper to a journal. This paper contains a section where I claim that some results made by some authors in different published articles are false. I give a counterexample ...
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Quickly pulling together thesis after unexpected failure of oral exam [closed]

I failed my oral exam unexpectedly. My advisor had the impression that it would be less formal than it was (or at least that is what he told me) and I wasn't prepared. I thought it would be more along ...
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“Exceptional candidates from other areas may also be considered”. What does this mean?

I'm a fourth year mathematics postdoc and I am looking at tenure-track jobs this year. I see some jobs that have a targeted research area but often have a caveat sentence along the lines of "...
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Changing PhD area of math?

Some background: I'm currently about to finish my first PhD year (in a 4 year program) in complex geometry and I'm really struggling with it because I have to learn a lot of new mathematics essential ...
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What does one do the summer between graduation and graduate school?

I am about to graduate with a B.S. in mathematics and will (hopefully) be attending a PhD program somewhere starting in the fall. What is one supposed to do the summer between? I don't have any ...
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How should I choose which graduate programs to apply to for the PhD?

This fall I will be an senior mathematics major at a small public liberal arts university. I'm trying to finalize the list of schools to which I will apply (to PhD programs in pure math), but I am ...
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Should I post my PhD Thesis on arXiv, if I intend to make a paper based on it?

I am interested in posting my math Ph.D. thesis on the arXiv, but I also plan on writing a shorter paper based on some of the results in my thesis. I plan on posting this paper on the arXiv when I am ...
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What advice would you give students applying for graduate school in mathematics?

I work in the mathematics department of a university that has a new, small, mathematics bachelor's degree program, and no graduate mathematics programs. Some of our students are looking for advice on ...
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University's motivation for having tenure-track positions

Suppose I used to hold a tenure-track math position at a R1 institution, but then I was denied tenure. Assume I do not care about job security (and never cared) and I would be more than happy to keep ...
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Can I be successful as a lone wolf researcher in mathematics?

I am not a people person, and therefore I usually work alone. I'm quite content with this, and I have actually been able to achieve some wonderful results (to me, anyway) working this way. However I ...
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Acceptance into graduate math programs

I have been hearing different views about my likelihood of getting accepted into a math graduate program. Which of the following factors contribute most to the acceptance of a non-math ...
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Are control theorists considered mathematicians?

Are control theorists (electrical engineering) considered mathematicians? If so, would they receive a Fields medal if they make a breakthrough in control theory? If not, is there a prize similar to ...
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A note vs a “research paper”

I had my math paper rejected for publication. From the referee report, [M]y opinion is to reject this paper. In order to save its positive aspects, I propose: 1) either reduce the length of the ...
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How do I get back into Mathematics after graduating with BSc 14 years ago?

Ive always loved Maths but for numerous reasons I bounced along in general/non-profit admin/management. After maternity leave I have found myself at the bottom again and seriously thinking how can I ...
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In a grant application, how to address gender aspects when working in a highly technical field?

The guidelines for a certain funding source ask me to address gender aspects. This call is open to all scientist, but I work with pen, paper and computers and I see no gender aspects in my work (only ...
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Cover letter for journal submission (math)

I'm preparing to submit a math paper to a good general-interest journal. The page asks for a cover letter. What should this include, beyond "here's a paper for consideration"? Should there be, for ...
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How hard is it to re-enter academia as a postdoc in mathematics?

I'm currently in my first postdoctoral research position at a European university, in pure maths. I'm considering changing to software development. In case I would rather like to return to academia, ...
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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 ...