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My poster didn't win the "best poster award", is it desperate to ask the committee about an evaluation of my poster quality?

My poster didn't win the "best poster award" at a top conference in mathematics, is it desperate/impolite to ask the committee about an evaluation of my poster's quality? I don't want to ...
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Mathematics MSc Dissertation - Referring to myself and acknowledging own work

I'm in my last week of my mathematics masters dissertation and I don't really know how to refer to my own work and to myself in the dissertation. To refer to myself I'm using "this author" ...
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Possibility of doing mathematical/theoretical research with software-development principles

I come from a mathematical physics background, so I have very little experience with other areas of Math, so what I say may not apply to mathematics research in general obviously (and probably much ...
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Best website for giving details of a book mentioned in a Statement of Purpose

I want to mention a book in my SOP/PS and would like to provide a link so that the reader can easily get more details about the book instead of googling it. What would be the ideal website for this ...
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Reasons for differences in the Ph.D. admission process in India vs U.S. and Europe

While searching for universities to do my Ph.D. in mathematics, I noticed that most top universities in India use incredibly competitive entrance exams (much more difficult and time constrained than ...
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What is difference between PhD and Postdoc?

I am a PhD student in Mathematics. I wanted to know what exactly is the difference between PhD and Postdoc. Is it just the research that one does after PhD(kind of second PhD?)?
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Are there any resources out there to help you find inspiration for a PhD topic?

I got my Master's degree in mathematics in 2017. Since then, I haven't done a lot of maths, so I am a bit rusty. I am now considering doing a PhD in maths, but I have little-to-no idea for a topic. I ...
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Does exposition count as research experience?

I am applying to grad school this year for PhDs in mathematics. I have done four projects overall. One was a REU through which I published paper, and the second was my undergraduate thesis, where we ...
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How to properly acknowledge an old famous mathematician in my article?

I am a Ph.D. student in mathematics. I have worked on a project and wrote a paper. A reputed old mathematician, who is not my supervisor but is an excellent and friendly human, in my opinion, ...
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Worried about my progress

I'm a 3rd year PhD student in pure Math in a Canadian university. I feel like in last one year I haven't made much progress. I definitely tried some problems, had regular discussions with my ...
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Is it possible to take overseas trips to see family while completing a US PhD?

I am in the final course of my bachelor degree program. I am from the country of Georgia. I am aiming to complete a PhD in USA without a master's degree in a mathematics field. So I have one question ...
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Inspiration: Mathematicians/Physicists who are both passionate/active in research and teaching

I am a second year PhD student in mathematics. I often feel like research is emphasized much but teaching is not as compared to research. I enjoy both aspects of my job. But worry if I may lose ...
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Difference among the articles to be get published in journal, proceedings, magazines, transactions

I wrote some papers in my field (mathematics), but they differ in length. Most of my papers are on the longer end (50-100 pages) and the others are short (5-20 pages). I failed to find out that what ...
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Pure Mathematics PhD without any publication

This question is hypothetical. I have completed my MS in mathematics and started thinking about applying to a PhD in Mathematics in the USA as an international student in pure mathematics. I'm ...
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Undergrad Research for Online Students in Math? [closed]

I’m looking for research projects that I could join as an undergrad in mathematics. I’m going to a school that is more well known in the UK but not as well known here in the US. It would be cool if ...
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Finding a thesis advisor for master's degree in physics of complex system [closed]

I'm currently in my last year of my master's degree program "Physics of Complex System". I would like to write my master thesis about stochastic processes, but I'm having trouble in finding ...
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Is my PhD supervisor contributing too much to my project?

I am a PhD student in pure math, now in my second year. I understand that different PhD supervisors have different levels of involvement with their students' projects, and I very much appreciate how ...
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Is it possible to study applied and pure math subjects on single PhD program?

I'm aiming to study in USA mathematics PhD program . I love Pure mathematics very much. I can't live without it but Applied math is more promised and demanded. Could I study Pure mathematics and ...
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Is it possible to apply to grad school in the US with only subject GRE, not general GRE?

I have 3.94 GPA on 4.0 scale but I've really trouble in terms of time to prepare for both tests general and subject. I prefer to prepare for only math subject test. Could I apply to schools with only ...
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PhD in Mathematical Finance

I applied to a PhD program in Applied Mathematics, but was accepted to the PhD program in Mathematical Finance instead. It seems that one professor found my background in control theory and signal ...
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Does anyone fund research in mathematical finance?

The question is pretty much the title. If you are an academic, is it possible to get anyone to pay you to do research in mathematical finance? You can interpret the question broadly, to include ...
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How math-heavy is graduate quantitative finance?

This post concerns grad school options. I am an undergraduate math major and will soon complete my studies. I am considering finance/financial engineering. How math-heavy is the financial mathematics ...
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Career prospects for mathematical finance researcher

Currently, I am starting the first year of a Ph.D. program in Mathematics with intention to specialize in Mathematical Finance. I have noticed during the application process that this area is rarely ...
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Recommended depth of mathematics for PhD in machine learning [closed]

I am planning to do my PhD in machine learning. From my personal experience, I found that mathematics is a primary way to make a good research, but I'm doubting about the depth of mathematics required....
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Searching Springer Lecture Notes in Mathematics by Number

The volumes in the Springer LNM series are usually referred to by number, and there are now thousands of them. However, I have not been able to find any way on the Springer website to go directly from ...
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How long should one wait before submitting to another journal after a mistake in the decision-letter was made by the first journal?

I have received a decision letter with a rejection. The letter contained two reports recommending publication and two reports, with negative comments, which have nothing to do with the manuscript, and ...
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Chance of publication in top combinatorics journals after complicated submission history

(First appeared in Mathoverflow) In May 2020, I submitted a paper to a notable Combinatorics journal where a couple of earlier papers in the topic of my paper had been published. It was one of my ...
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Math PhD in the USA from a completely different academic system

My initial goal 5 years ago was to do an applied math PhD, but I had to find a job to pay off my loans. I've been working in data science for a couple years. I'm now planning to apply again. 1. ...
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Can I use equations from a paper with proper citation?

I am writing a research paper where I try to produce the results by using the machinery described in a different paper, i.e. testing their equations on my model. Is it justified to use their equations ...
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About the GRE Mathematics Subject Exam and its scoring

I want to apply to a Ph.D. in Mathematics in the United States. Therefore I'm about to take the GRE Mathematics Subject exam. I have some confusion about the grading procedure and the interpretation ...
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How to contact the editor about a possible mistake in the decision letter?

I have received the decision on a manuscript that I have submitted. The editor in chief decided to reject the paper stating that the reviewers are advising against the publication of the manuscript. ...
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Is it normal to reject a paper due to a large amount of ambiguity and lexical errors instead of recommending a major revision?

I'm writing a report regarding a paper in mathematics, which I have spent three months reviewing. During this period, I have tried to understand the ideas presented by the authors, but in vain. The ...
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Good research paper in mathematics

This question may seem like vague but I am still asking... What does make a research paper 'good' in pure mathematics ? I am asking this question independent of the journal where it gets published or ...
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Would a high Stack Exchange rep make a difference in a job interview?

I am a PhD student in mathematics going into graph theory. I hope to either do a post-doc or (hopefully!) get a tenure-track position at a research-oriented university after graduation. I don't have a ...
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Should I cite the paper from which I got the research question in my own paper?

While reading the paper of some authors. I have decided to work on a question which they listed as an open question in the conclusion section. I'm hesitating on whether or not to cite the paper, from ...
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Asking advisor to become co-author

I am a STEM PhD student in the UK, and my advisor had given me a semi-ambitious thesis problem a couple of years back. He helped me understand the problem, helped shoot down all my wrong ideas over ...
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What to do if one reviewer asks to delete and another asks to add more details to a proof?

I received a referee report for my single authored paper recently in Mathematics. Both the referees have asked for a revision. I am having a problem with a proof of a theorem in the paper. Reviewer A ...
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What is the philosophy or purpose of applied mathematics? [closed]

The title might seem vague but please bear with me: I always liked pure mathematics, I believe I understood the purpose of applied mathematics as well, but just until I am finishing up now my thesis. ...
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How to decide whether and where to publish your research?

I am writing my thesis in applied mathematics. I developed two numerical schemes that seem to have practical applications in many fields and certainly have bright prospect for mathematical software. I ...
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What should I do if I believe that the Journal is being careless about the plagiarism?

This post is related to this one. It's been almost a month, and both of the publisher and the journal have done nothing about the plagiarism. Every time I call Springer (I called them like 5 times), ...
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Is it safe to publish a number theory formula in OSF or preprints.org?

I have a new number theory formula. I am a software engineer, but I am interested in number theory. I do not have an endorsement on arXiv, so I am left with two popular choices, OSF and preprints.org. ...
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Does adding a co-author with a high citation record in a paper have an impact on the peer-review process?

While going through some papers in my research area. I have noticed the presence of an author X with a high citation record (+3000), on several research papers. Digging deeper, I have discovered that, ...
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What are some tips to improve the output of a study group?

Let's say a group of students decides to study an existing subject X collectively without a professor. What general guidelines should be followed so that the group can make the most out of it? I am ...
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Why are some journals with low impact factor indexed in Web of Science while others with a relatively higher impact factor are not?

I'm a researcher in mathematics. While looking for journals in my field, I found out while some journals with a low impact factor are indexed in Web of Science, another Springer journal with a higher ...
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How to "tailor" the statement of purpose for a particular grad school

A prospective graduate student is normally not hyperspecialized and inflexibly hyperfocussed on a certain well-developed research line (like a more mature mid-career researcher could be) just yet. ...
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How to teach students to ask good questions in seminars?

My university has a course called "Technical Communication" that aims to teach undergraduate math and computer science students (usually sophomores and juniors) how to give good talks. We ...
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How to cite a paper with authors in non-alphabetical order?

I am writing a pure-math paper. I want to cite a paper where the authors are not listed in alphabetical order, e.g.: John Smith and Anna Perez I know that the latter is the supervisor of the former. ...
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How does one appropriately navigate the situation of having a lot of prior knowledge before applying to university + courses not on main interests?

I am new here (but have been around MSE for some time). Generally on the mathematics stack exchange it's considered inappropriate to ask for personal advice but I see many such posts on this stack, so ...
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Can I submit a manuscript without following the recommendation of the journal regarding the use of their template? [closed]

In a Springer journal, one of the items in Authors Guidelines is : Manuscripts should be submitted in LaTeX. We recommend using Springer Nature’s LaTeX template. However, I have already typed the ...
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Are the Hardy-Littlewood “rules” unethical?

For the second time recently, someone mentioned to me the Hardy-Littlewood rules for collaboration (and on that very site). From what I read about it, they include the following rule: And, finally, ...

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