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2nd Year Mathematics (Europe), my Uni results are declining. How do I improve higher level mathematics problem solving abilities?

Context: I am a final year BSc. Math student (Europe). I got some decent results in my first year, top of the class in Calculus I and II (with simple proofs), good results on basic Linear Algebra (...
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Mathematical manuscript flaws between major revision and reject

For mathematical manuscripts, what makes the editor opt for a rejection rather than major revisions and vice-versa? Usually, the editor determines the gravity of the mistakes within the manuscript. If ...
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Determining Specific Contribution of an author in a Research Paper

If a paper is written by multiple authors, say in mathematics, where it is clear who did what, is there a way to find the specific contribution of an author? For example, say a person name Paul Erdős ...
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Using photos obtained from academic homepages in an ack. section in a public virtual event

I will be giving a talk in a virtual event and it will be recorded and uploaded on YouTube. I wanted to thank 2 professors who helped me during the preparation of it, I like to include photos with ...
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Mathematics PhD after M.Sc. Physics

I am an Indian physics student, studying mathematical aspects of quantum field theory and such. Over the years, I have realised that I do not enjoy the mathematical hand waviness that goes into ...
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What are parameters I can use to compare two researchers' work in Pure Mathematics?

I am a 2nd year master's students in Pure Mathematics. I am interested in knowing how should I compare the research of 2 pure mathematicians working in same field, say topology. I want to work with ...
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Is it ethical for a referee to recommend rejection after many months from receiving the manuscript?

I am an early-career researcher in mathematics. In general, after submitting a paper to a journal, it is advised to wait six months before requesting information about the status of the review process....
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Is there any uniform date for applying for Phd positions in the Italy for mathematics?

I am not a resident of Europe and I am in 2nd year of my masters in Mathematics. My research interest aligns with many professors of universities in Italy. I wrote to one prof. asking about open ...
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I have no academic affiliation and wrote a research paper in math - how do I publish it and get paid for the work I did? [closed]

I am an independent researcher (no academic affiliation). If I submit a mathematical research paper to a journal or conference, how do I get any subsidies, grants, or funds for this work? Are you ...
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Inability to review a conference paper

I am reviewing a paper for a conference. The paper contains a lot of work, and from a high-level perspective seems good. But when I go into detail I can't actually parse the paper. I don't understand ...
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To what degree is the research output of abstract topics related to funding for institutions?

I am trying to evaluate how much truth the statement has "Research output is proportional to the amount of funding the institution gets". On the extreme end I see it is absolutely true ...
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I have written one mathematical paper which I want to publish, do I need to give professor co-authorship?

I am an undergrad student studying in the last year of my bachelor’s. I have written one paper in number theory discovering one new elementary method. I want to publish it. For mentorship I went to my ...
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The best way to prepare an undergraduate student before entering scientific research

I am a student in the second year of a university majoring in mathematics. I am trying to publish scientific research. Of course I know that it will be very difficult to do it at this level of study. ...
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Backing out after expressing initial interest in a reading course

I am a first year math PhD student in the US. I was initially interested in the work of a professor and I contacted him to ask for the possibility of a reading course. We didn't make any concrete ...
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Why pursue a PhD in pure Mathematics?

Except from the goal of finding some new truths, proving some theorems, or new ideas. What is the career path for someone pursuing a PhD in pure mathematics? Continuing in research and trying to land ...
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How important is attending graduate school for a PhD for physics/mathematics/astrophysics research?

Is it possible for one to publish high quality research papers in the aforementioned fields without attending a graduate school? I feel that you can read online material and books about research/...
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Is it possible to switch from applied maths to pure maths? [closed]

I've found a couple of questions of the type "is it possible to go from pure to applied" so I was wondering if anyone knows for the opposite direction. Say you are an applied mathematician ...
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Financial Support for Master's Programs in Pure Math

I'm an undergrad studying pure mathematics, and graduate school applications are around the corner. My ultimate aim is to do a PhD in pure mathematics. I understand that in several places (e.g., ...
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Peer-review duration and journal quartiles

Does the journal's quartile have anything to do with the peer-review duration? While reading papers in my discipline, which is Mathematics, I found out that often Q1 ranked journals take about a year, ...
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Grad School Program Recommendations & How to Narrow Down My List of Programs [duplicate]

I'm hoping to apply to graduate (MS) programs in statistics or applied math later this year, but frankly I'm having a hard time narrowing my list down and was hoping for some advice from people here. ...
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Do professors in pure mathematics hire non-PhD research assistant?

I believe in some fields like physics or other experimental science, hiring a student without PhD degree as a research assistant is common. In pure mathematics, do professors have the need to hire non-...
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Questions about the effect of bad grades in phd applications [duplicate]

I'm very interested in theoretical computer science(mainly algorithms and complexity), and I'm thinking of getting into some top graduate programs in this field. I'm a transfer student previously at a ...
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How to avoid self-plagiarism when copying boiler plate sections in a math paper?

My research in mathematics uses concepts from a variety of subdisciplines that usually don't interact much with one another. For that reason, I need to include boiler plate sections that establish the ...
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Are there non-tenure track positions in math/statistics depts that combine teaching and core facility responsibilities (statistics consulting)? [closed]

I'm working through an MS in Statistics and considering career paths and curious if a specific career path exists in academia. I would like to work in an academic statistics core and provide support ...
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Is the Math GRE Subject test still important to US grad schools post-COVID? And can it actually help math grad school apps?

I'm taking a gap year and I plan on applying to grad schools again this fall. I'm wondering if the GRE Math subject test is helpful/required anymore? Personally, I have very low grades in some ...
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We are a UK programming company with a maths discovery, but we cannot get into contact with any mathematicians. Help?

Over the past several months we have developed a new way of handling very large numbers in order to turn handling these numbers into a storage problem rather than a processing problem. The system is ...
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failing a lower division class - impact on grad admissions?

I am a third year math major at a top 30 US university. I fear that I may have destroyed my chances for graduate school (or perhaps I am being dramatic). I would really appreciate if someone could ...
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What is the best way to approach professors in USA and Canada about the possibility of an internship (as an unfunded, international student)?

I live in an Asian country and completed my master's in Math in June 2020. I want to do a PhD in Europe, but I have had some difficulties in finding a suitable position. I do not believe doing a PhD ...
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How to handle a plagiarism report commented by arxiv?

I wrote an article in mathematics (number theory) and submitted it in arxiv in January 2020. I did check plagiarism at my institute which was less than 10%. (Edit: Why do I check ? Because it is 2016 ...
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How do I prepare a slide talk presentation for conference in mathematics?

I am a graduate student in mathematics. I am preparing to give a 20-minute short talk for a conference. I am looking at some beamer presentations this one and this one. Neither of these slides neither ...
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How to ask my co-author to put our paper on arXiv?

I am a math postdoc who defended his Ph.D. two years ago. I have been working on a project with some senior mathematician for 1.5 years. I also invited him to the university where I am affiliated for ...
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What is the best way to approach professors in China about the possibility of an internship (as an unfunded, international student)?

I live in an Asian country (not China) and completed my master's in Math in June 2020. I wanted to do a PhD in math, but didn't apply in China for session 2022 due to some reasons. I do not believe ...
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Would it violate copyright to retype a classic mathematics book from the 1960s using modern notation and uploading it online?

I am reading a classic book in mathematics that was published in the 1960s. This book uses very old notation, which makes it impossible to read it. Suppose further that I want to read the whole book ...
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Teaching Vector Calculus for a demo [closed]

I have applied for a teaching position, and will have to appear for a teaching demonstration. I need to pick a topic from Vector Calculus taught at undergraduate level. My main concern: It has been a ...
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Can A Lazy Person Complete a Statistics PhD? (and other questions) [closed]

I'm about to graduate with my BS and begin a PhD program in statistics. However, I have some doubts about my ability to succeed just because everyone says that a PhD is a grueling, long journey and ...
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Failing my PhD courseworks and Possibility of Transferring to other Fields/Industry

Background: I am a first year PhD student in Math and I am failing my classes miserably. I believe that I am a hard worker, passionate about math and I am definitely committed to the program. However, ...
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Deciding about a PhD program [duplicate]

I was recently accepted to a math PhD program that requires quite a big move. The research this program is involved in is very closely related to my interest but not 100% aligned with what I want to ...
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Do "filter courses" really filter out "weak" students from subsequent courses?

My department (of mathematical sciences in a US university) is considering some curriculum changes for our majors and the topic of our "mathematical filter course" came up. For clarity, I'll ...
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Is the ranking of a university/PhD program any more (less) influential for a non-traditional student aiming for Industry Research?

How does the ranking of a university relate to a future career in mathematics? University rank/stature - How much does it affect one's career post-Ph.D? Dove-tailing off of the second Academia ...
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Likeliness of getting University posts outside India when you started doing PhD at 35 in Mathematics

I need to tell you somewhat about myself first so that you people can better understand my situation. I did intermediate in 2005, then I did nothing until 2018 (bipolar disorder), but I recovered and ...
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What is the prestige/status/merit-value of a Graduate degree in Pure Math/Philosophy(of math, or logic) in industry (particularly programming jobs)?

I tried asking this same question here previously but worded it poorly. Please let me know if my muddled style is unclear to anyone alongside myself. What I'm essentially asking is: all else being ...
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As an evaluator in mathematics, how should I grade responses that answer the question asked, but in less detail than desired?

I want to know whether there is a need for responding to students who ask for points/marks by arguing that they only answered the question that was asked., a.k.a "literalism". So, I am ...
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What is the best way to approach professors in Europe about the possibility of an internship (as an unfunded, international student)?

I live in an Asian country and completed my master's in Math in June 2020. I want to do a PhD in Europe, but I have had some difficulties in finding a suitable position. I do not believe doing a PhD ...
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I want to change PhD programs because the city is unsafe, how do I approach this?

I am an international grad student in a middle-tier mathematics PhD program in the USA. I am still in my first year. Soon after joining the program I realized there is no active faculty who works ...
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Role of algebraic topology in number theory or algebraic geometry [closed]

I am an undergraduate student, broadly interested in number theory and algebraic geometry. As group cohomology and related things are an integral part of modern number theory and algebraic geometry, I ...
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Is it reasonable to have concerns about the recognition of Russian degrees given the war in Ukraine?

I would like to pursue my master's studies in mathematics in Russia. Yet, I was told that there's a possibility of foreign universities not recognizing Russian degrees due to the current political ...
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Is it normal to revise a manuscript a 4th time before it is published? Negative impact on my research?

I am a PhD scholar in mathematics, in particular number theory. Recently one of my research papers was published in a journal. This was the 4th revised version. All the 4 versions can be found in ...
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Somewhat regretting my decision about which graduate program to attend. Could I contact a program I declined and see if they still have a spot for me?

I've posted a few questions here in the past couple of days regarding grad school decisions; apologies for asking so many! It's a big decision and I want to do it right, but I don't want to bombard ...
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Working towards an academic career that lets me do research in two (largely) unconnected fields—is this even possible?

In undergrad, I did a double major in pure mathematics and linguistics. I ended up loving both fields, and wanting to pursue an academic career. The only problem is that I couldn't decide between them....
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Deciding between a pure math grad program and linguistics grad program with (potentially) mathematical bent, advice needed! [closed]

In undergrad I did a double major in math and linguistics, and I really fell in love with both fields. To be honest, I can't imagine ever fully giving up either one. I have a strong desire to go into ...

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