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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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No Addendum on Graduate School Application

I am currently applying for a Ph.D. program in Mathematics and would like some advice on what to do about the fact that the program to which I am applying does not give an opportunity to provide an ...
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Optimal reference letter writers for permanent positions: Senior experts or younger, more active researchers? [closed]

I work in pure mathematics. I have wondered for a while which kind of letter writers might be best when I apply for permanent jobs in US and UK: Roughly speaking, I am weighing up two options: Try to ...
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Thoughts on if it's possible to succeed in math @ PhD level w/o natural ability in quant reasoning? [closed]

As someone who has a relative deficit in quantitive reasoning (63%ile) vs. verbal (97%ile), but a strong interest in applied math, is it possible to be successful and competitive at the PhD level? I ...
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Social norms about hiring freelance assistants

Is it considered ethical or appropriate for a researcher to hire a freelance contractor to perform or assist in some secondary tasks related to the preparation of a research papers? To make some ...
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MathSciNet reviews license

I have been asked to become a MathSciNet reviewer. I personally find the database very useful, but I am a bit held back by the fact the database is kept behind a paywall. What is actually the ...
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Can research breadth be a downside when applying for doctoral positions?

I'm going to apply for a doctorate position in mathematics soon, and I'm wondering if my breadth can be of any disadvantage. I have two MSc degrees, in mathematics and engineering respectively. The ...
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What career option is the most viable if one has very wide research interests?

I'm in mathematics, and have recently gotten an opportunity to do applied/industrial research for a strong research institute in my country. As of now I have two MSc degrees in math and engineering ...
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Minimal Sample Size needed to have at least one element when there are 3 possible outcomes? [migrated]

This is my first question here, I am really glad this community already answered so many from other users that have greatly helped me. So here is my problem, I have a pretty "large" sample (N>200) ...
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Asking do's and don't s for a Masters dissertation in Pure Mathematics

I am a Masters students in mathematics at a University. My university doesn't have many people working in pure mathematics. I am interested in Analytic number theory and wanted to do my Masters ...
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Letter of Recommendation from English Teacher for Math Ph.D. program?

I am a Japanese undergraduate senior student who is thinking of applying to graduate programs in Mathematics in the U.S. and the biggest problem for me is the Letter of Recommendation. I am planning ...
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Work with a professor from non-PhD-granting university in the US to earn PhD?

I'm new on this website and am not sure how much of higher academia works. Suppose I wanted to work with a professor in a particular field of mathematics at a research university (not necessarily a ...
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A year in industry and back to a postdoc in a different field

I am finishing my PhD in a Statistics department, but my thesis is basically Math. I want to spend a year or two in the industry and then apply for a postdoc in Stats. However,.. It will be hard, so ...
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Does “required reviews completed” mean good news or bad?

I submitted by math paper to an Elsevier journal around 6 months ago. Today I logged into EES and saw that the status changed to "Required Reviews Completed" about 10 days ago. Is this good news or ...
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Will a master's in math from the University of Vienna help or hurt my Ph.D. prospects? [closed]

My end goal is to become a professor of either mathematics or philosophy. I haven't made up my mind which. Thus, I plan to get a master's degree in math, specializing in logic, in order to continue my ...
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On MathJobs, what does “Faculty contacts in our dept?” means?

I've noticed that several MathJobs applications asks "Faculty contacts in our dept?", always with this exact, confusing wording. I'm not clear what this means. Can someone explain? Is it, "do you ...
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How many assistant professor or postdoc jobs do people usually apply for in mathematics? [closed]

Assuming you want a good chance of getting at least 1 offer from a research university, is applying for 20 jobs average? Is applying for 30 jobs overkill? Would most letter writers feel hassled by ...
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Why do engineering PhD programs require undergrad degrees in engineering or physics?

I notice that many top American engineering PhD programs ask for undergrad or master degrees in engineering or physics, but this discussion excludes math majors. How come? Are math majors not ...
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Worth applying to PhD Programs with a very bad Math Subject GRE

I just took and received a very bad math subject gre score of 600, or 37th percentile. Would it still be worth it to apply to any school that requires the subject test? I've been working at several ...
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Percentiles of Subjecte GRE on Mathematics

I got my Subject GRE scores on Mathematics today. I scored 810 with 79 percentile. As an international applicant is this a low score(percentile) for the US universities for Ph.D. on pure mathematics. ...
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Should I contact the journal because I am not receiving a response after a year?

I have submitted a paper to a Springer mathematical journal. The reviewers asked for a revision, and after revising the paper, the editor's decision, alongside with the reviewers' one (of course), was ...
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Doing Bachelors degree in Maths as distant education for Phd in Mathematics after regular Master's in Optics

I finished my masters in Optics(5 years bachelors+masters together) recently. In the course I had to study subjects like Classical mechanics, Statistical Mechanics,Electrodynamics, Quantum physics and ...
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What it feels like as a PhD student in math or computer science in the US [closed]

I am currently an undergraduate in Canada, but I am interested in math/comp sci PhD in the US. I heard that an academically supporting environment(the environment of the school? of the department?) in ...
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What is the advantage of m·s^(-1) over m/s? [closed]

It's everywhere, but no matter who I ask I can never get a straight answer, only "I don't know"s. What is the advantage of using multiplication and negative powers over just using division when ...
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Interpreting recommendations for a rejected paper [closed]

In 2016 I submitted an image processing paper to IEEE TSP The reviewer rejected the paper, but recommended I try IEEE TIP. The reviewer at TIP said: While TIP is an appropriate venue for this ...
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How could I become a mathematician with only a bachelor's degree in computer science?

TL;DR My bachelor's degree didn't leave me with a solid education in mathematics and I'm not sure how to start a career in pure mathematics from there. To start with, I'm 24 years old, living in ...
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What are good tips/ways to improve my writing on chalkboards? [duplicate]

Recently, I have started to regularly write on chalkboards. I have also found out that I am quite terrible at it, although my handwriting is quite good. Any tips or strategies for a beginner are ...
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Referring to a result that comes later

So in writing a math paper, if I am writing a proof of a theorem and I need to refer a lemma that comes later in the same paper. What is the proper way to say that? For example if I am proving a ...
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Giving a talk on a different topic than what we discussed

I'm a postdoc in mathematics. I had a conversation with a professor after he gave a talk at my university, and he seemed interested in my ideas. I sent him an email the next day to elaborate on our ...
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PhD in Cryptography after Masters with experience

I hold a masters in mathematics and philosophy (emphasis on logic) and, for personal reasons, I will be joining the US Navy as an officer doing cryptology. I'm curious if I apply afterward to ...
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I have stack-exchanged through my undergrad math program. Am I likely to succeed in mathematics PhD programs?

I'm currently a third-year mathematics student at a top-20 private research university in the US (though mostly known for the humanities). We have a small undergraduate mathematics department, but we ...
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MS in Mathematics, having trouble finding work outside teaching algebra

10 years ago, I got an undergraduate degree in IT/CompSci from a good school. I spent most of my hours playing video games or drinking beer, and learned only enough to get a barely passing GPA. I ...
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The French school of mathematics “has entered a demographical dip”

In an interview made for the 25th anniversary of the Institut de Mathématiques de Jussieu-Paris Rive Gauche, its head Professor Loïc Merel says at 1:25: Les doctorants que nous formons aurons une ...
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In mathematics, is it a problem if all research is joint with senior co-authors?

If a mathematics postdoc's publications are all co-authored with established senior co-authors (e.g. advisors), could it be a problem when applying for tenure-track jobs? I wonder in particular if ...
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Is it possible to submit a MathJobs application before a reference letter arrives?

If I'm awaiting a reference letter, is it possible to send a MathJob application before the reference letter arrives? If I do this, will the employer be able get that reference letter whenever it is ...
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Research exposition configuration of multiple topics/profiles [closed]

My friend has discovered many groundbreaking results on a specific topic in mathematics, which he finds really hard to configure them up at a single place, that is his first research paper, and also ...
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Research on active learning in mathematics tutorial/practice classes

In the country where I live, university students studying mathematics usually attend lectures, consultation with their lecturers (if they have questions relating to material taught) and tutorial/...
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Is it worth delving deep outside my field to revise a paper?

I have a paper that got lost in the editorial pipeline for about a year due to the second reviewer dropping out and not telling anyone. During that year, I didn't revisit the paper much; it was a ...
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How will be determined the format of manuscript before submission to journal?

I would like to submit my paper to a math journal. In the section of instructions for authors there is the following statement which I am confused of its meaning, may you please help me to sort out of ...
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As an electrical engineer, should I study pure mathematics in my spare time or do a second bachelor degree? [closed]

EDIT: Short version: Can a full time engineer ever hope to learn pure math up to masters level on weekends in less than six years without burning out mentally or is full time study required to achieve ...
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Visiting Student for Graduate Studies in Mathematics [closed]

All, I am currently a student at a small liberal arts college which does not offer the courses that would make me more competitive as an applicant to Master's or PhD programs in Mathematics. Since I ...
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Can a person from arts background with masters in Computational Linguistics do Masters in Applied Mathematics? [closed]

I have a bachelor in Linguistics and masters in Computational Linguistics with cgpa 3. After using Machine Learning for my thesis work, I am realizing my interest in Applied Mathematics. I do not know,...
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Research statement for liberal arts college: how much detail should I go into?

I am currently a math PhD student, and will be graduating next spring. If I'm applying for a position at small liberal arts college, what should my research statement look like? How detailed and how ...
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Regarding asking for writing about some courses in my CV in which I got bad grades due to my non interest in those courses

I am a masters student in an Asian country and I am looking for applying for PHD Position in Europe in pure mathematics. During my masters in my Institute I had a lot of applied maths courses and in ...
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Should major awards be included in an NSF postdoc application? If so where?

I am applying to the NSF postdoctoral fellowship in mathematics. As I understand it, I am essentially trying to convince the NSF that my proposed work is interesting, and that I am able to do it. In ...
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What questions to ask a famous mathematician [closed]

A famous professor mathematician is coming to my city next week and will be doing a lecture with a Q&A session afterwords. I’d like to ask a couple of questions afterwords but I’ve no idea what to ...
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Cover letter for mid-career application in mathematics

I am in my seventh year after my PhD, and am applying from a tenure-track position in Mathematics. I am working with a job coach, who is suggesting a 2.5 page cover letter for tenure-track ...
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Why do Computer Science degrees contain a high proportion of mathematics?

About 17 years ago I attended a top 10 UK university to study for a degree in Computer Science. Mathematics had never been a particularly strong point for me. However I (just) had the required A-...
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Why is my paper “under review” if it contains no results?

I've recently submitted a paper for review for a reputed math journal. The main paper is just 2 pages (everything else being in appendix), where I setup a new problem, and the central result I had ...
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How to start doing significant research?

I'm a graduate student in applied math (applied probability, asymptotic etc.). I have written several articles on either solving "small" problems, or developing particular methodology/techniques ...
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How to find a “virtual” mathematics conference?

How can I find conferences in mathematics which accept guest articles/notes without the guest physically visiting the conference? I have two problems which prevent me to physically visit conferences: ...