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Graduate students funding availability in Pure vs Applied Math

Universities in the U.S. are sometimes limited in how many students they can accept by the available funding. How does funding compare in Pure vs. Applied departments? Is one generally more funded ...
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Should 'Equation' as a word start with a capital letter if it is not starting a sentence?

I am writing a mathematical seminar, in it, I reference equation numbers a lot. Should I write something like “see Equation 1” or “see equation 1”? It is now normal for me to write like “...see Table ...
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Where can I search for mathematics academic positions with English as the medium of instruction in Thailand?

I am a PhD candidate in mathematics going to graduate next March 2022 and am searching for academic positions beginning next year. I am using mathjobs.org and JREC-IN. mathjobs.org has advertisements ...
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What happens if a mathematician publishes an incorrect proof of a theorem or conjecture?

I understand that normally the proof is peer reviewed by others before submitting for publication, but what happens if it turns out there was some problem in the proof invalidating it? Is their career ...
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Is programming experience relevant in a pure Math graduate program?

Programming skills such as experience with Java, Python, C++ or work experience as a software developer can be indispensable for applied mathematicians. How useful is it to have such experiences as a ...
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In PhD programs, what type of work are PhD students doing after the coursework?

Suppose some has done coursework in Algebra and Analysis. After that they want to pursue a PhD in commutative algebra or in Ring theory or any pure mathematics topics. My question : In PhD programs, ...
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Are graduate Math programs that use the quarter system more difficult?

It seems to me like 10 weeks per course may not be enough time for some graduate courses if they are not developed carefully. Do colleges using the quarter system like Dartmouth or UC Irvine have ...
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Do outside-funded graduate students normally have TA or grading responsibilities in the US?

Assuming a student has full funding from an outside source. Do the TA and grading responsibilities become optional?
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Should I add my contribution to OEIS in my CV? [duplicate]

I am working on the enumeration of some relations in Combinatorics, which is a branch of Mathematics. OEIS is an online digital repository of over 3,50,000 integer sequences, and it has been cited in ...
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Should/can I submit to the same journal and explain the situation asking for another review?

Recently I got a rejection of my research article from a mathematical journal. The referee report says "the results are correct but it has not motivation why should we care such results". ...
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Earth science major with math minor scope [closed]

I am enrolled in a undergrad program of natural sciences. Basically I can major in Physics, Chemistry, Math, Biology, Earth Science, Materials. I was very interested in mathematics before I joined the ...
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What physics background is necessary for pursuing a PhD in Mathematical Physics? [closed]

If I wanted to do research related to the topology and geometry of space or their applications in quantum mechanics or general relativity, would it be possible to do that from a Mathematician’s POV ...
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How to study applied physics in graduate school from applied math

Upon doing background research and looking at faculty in my department, it seems that it is easy to move from studying physics to studying applied mathematics. However, I have seen few, if any cases ...
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Why would a PhD adviser ask to be removed from the "Acknowledgments" of a paper? [closed]

I have two papers. In the acknowledgment of the first one I thanked my adviser for his mentorship and there was no problem. When I finished my second paper and I sent it to him to review, he replied ...
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How long can a pure math(Algebraic Number theory) PhD holder can work as a Post Doc/research associate in their career? [duplicate]

This is rather a curious question based on future career after PhD, looking at the crisis in academic/teaching job market. If one completes PhD with pure mathematics (Algebraic Number Theory) with few ...
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Should I talk about courses I plan to take before starting graduate school in my CV or statement of purpose?

I am applying for graduate schools in Math and I was wondering if it is okay to talk about what courses I plan on taking this Fall and next Spring before the beginning of Fall 2022. Should I talk ...
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Choosing my "best works" for a tenure-track application

My question is related to this one, but is more specific (and has no answer there). I am a postdoc in mathematics, applying for tenure-track jobs for the first time. Some departments ask me to ...
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What is the equivalent GPA for Cum Laude in Spain?

I defended my thesis in Spain with cum laude. My PhD program was research based. Now I am in the employment process and I have been asked to provide equivalence to cum laude. Could you please help me ...
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How do I search for literature containing specific math equations?

When one looks for relevant literature, one turns to platforms such as Google Scholar or Web of Science. I want to search literature (or research articles) that include a specific mathematics equation....
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I left academia after finishing my PhD and completing my post-docs. Is it possible to return to academia now, in a slightly different field?

I have a PhD in pure mathematics and completed a couple of postdocs in complex analysis. I left academia a year ago. Now I realise that I would be interested in returning to research, but in ...
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Whom should I identify as the original contributor?

The paper [1] of Seidel in 1976 is commonly cited when peoples mention two-graphs, but Taylor wrote down the concept of regular two-graph, which is stronger than two-graph in his PhD thesis [2] in ...
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Applying for MSc in Applied Mathematics at a top tier UK university at 38

I am 37 and thinking about applying for admission to Applied Mathematics MSc programmes at Russell Group universities next year. My previous degrees are in Electrical Engineering - a BSc completed at ...
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Can I post study notes based on a book to my personal website?

When taking a course I deemed specially important as an undergrad, I would usually choose a book from the bibliography the professor provided and read it independently of the classes; while reading, I ...
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How many papers will be expected to be published as a postdoc?

I have recently applied for a postdoc call with financial support from goverenment not from a mentor for a specific project. In the application from there was a table to write about number of ...
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"Extra teaching" (compared to the standard contract) for Italian researchers

For researchers (RTDa, RTDb, associate and full professors) in Italian universities is it possible to have some "extra" teaching duties (compared to the standard contract)? How would one ...
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Italian universities: how to find out the "hiring plans" for researchers in the next 1-4 years?

In Italian universities (mathematics departments), is there a way to find out in advance what are the "hiring plans" for the next 1-4 years? In fact, when is it known within a university ...
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From research in machine learning to pure math PhD

I am currently working as a research technician in applied math (machine learning) for a European institution that also does some research in pure mathematics. I find some research lines in pure math ...
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Is alphabetical orders of authors' name in research article in mathematics mandatory?

Is alphabetical orders of authors' name in research article in mathematics mandatory ? I mean for good journals of Mathematics, with Q_2 or Q1 category. If the authors' name are not followed ...
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Where to place a variable legend in a math thesis? [closed]

In a math thesis, where do I place a variable legend, i.e. a list that indicates the "type" of each variable used, e.g. x, y, z denote real numbers s, t denote sets of numbers f, g denote ...
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Returning to academia - continuously rejected

I finished my Ph.D. in mathematics in 2016 and then worked at the same university (in Germany) and under the same professor (now retired) as a postdoc for the next four years. I knew my contract would ...
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What do employers look for in a math PhD with a PDE/Complex Analysis background? [closed]

I'm currently in the 4th year of my PhD in math. My main research focus is complex analysis (geometric function theory) but I'm also learning and working on PDE modelling. After my PhD, I want to ...
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Applying to CS PHD with an undergrad degree in math

Would getting an undergrad degree in mathematics hurt my chances of of getting into a CS PHD program? Are there statistics on admissions rate by major online? Edit: in the us
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Regarding no eventual contribution in collaboration

I am an early mathematics researcher. Last year I was approached by a contemporary for collaboration. We started discussing the problem with possible approaches, I read all literature related to the ...
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What things are mathematical research grants typically used on?

This post How do mathematicians conduct research? includes some explanation on things mathematicians do. I am now also a little curious about how much money/resources are used in this process. For ...
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Researchers' names in titles of papers [closed]

I wonder if Mathematics is the field that has the highest ratio of researchers' names in the title of papers? In the mailing I received from the arXiv this morning there are 14 papers that cite ...
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How to write about awards in CV

I am currently writing my first CV to apply for grad school. While doing so, I am confused about how to write about some competitions. I tried to find this on internet, but the answer seemed not ...
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Where should a high schooler target getting their paper published? [closed]

FiveThirtyEight is quite well-regarded in statistics/data analysis circles. I have written a short paper on NBA player ratings that might be of interest to them. I do intend on getting the paper ...
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What is the most reliable math phd ranking? [closed]

There are a lot of subjects rankings of world universities availible: usworld, qs, shanghai. They all agree on the first 10 positions but differ dramatically even on the top 50. Moreover, I am sure ...
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How to search for a suitable journal to publish my paper?

I'm an undergraduate math major, recently I've written a paper about approximation by neural networks in a theoretical settings because I really like the mathematics involved in neural networks. It is ...
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Do I have an obligation to resubmit to the same journal?

I submitted a paper to a mathematics journal last year and got a "revise and resubmit" type of response. I edited the paper following some of the referees' comments and suggestions, but the ...
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Choice of I vs we in job applications and grants

In mathematics, it is standard to use "we" instead of "I", even in single author papers. Is this the case for job and grant applications as well? For instance, suppose I wish to ...
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Amount of details in a professional paper

My co-authors and I sometimes have different views on the organization of our papers (in mathematics). While some of them insist on writing down all the details, I try to keep emphasis on the main ...
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In what month should I write to professors in Germany regarding PhD positions?

I am a native of a South East Asian Country (3rd World) and completed my masters in mathematics in May 2021. I am looking to apply to some German Universities for PhD Program for session of 2022. So, ...
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Addressing professors with their first name only [duplicate]

I am going to apply for a postdoc call and I have commenced exchanging emails with a professor. In his first reply to my initial email he addressed me with my first name (Dear (my first name)). In my ...
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What is the right time of year to write to professors in France asking for PhD positions?

I am a citizen of an Asian country who completed his master's in math in June 2020. I wanted to study more topics before applying for a PhD (in one of the pure mathematics subjects) in Europe, but got ...
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MathSciNet is apparently refusing to index my paper. Has this happened to anyone?

Over 6 months ago, I published a paper in a journal that is on MathSciNet's journal list, and has been for a long time. It's not the Annals, but it's a solid and reputable journal. My paper is in ...
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Why do pure mathematicians tend to start publishing good papers a bit late?

Why is it so common for pure mathematicians to start publishing "good" quality paper a bit late? Maybe towards the end of PhD or start of Post-doc. Whereas in some fields people start ...
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Are mathematicians paid enough? [closed]

I am a first year PhD student. The amount of funding that I receive, in my opinion, is bare minimum. After covering all of my expenses, I'm hardly left with anything or in some of the months, nothing. ...
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What do graders expect in a master thesis in pure mathematics?

I am writing a master thesis in pure mathematics the upcoming year and want to know what graders look for in a master thesis. I am in the US. How do they grade the thesis? What are the things that can ...
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Is it helpful for graduate school admissions to publish in undergraduate research journals?

I’m a fourth year undergrad majoring in math at a university in the US. I’ve been working independently on an elementary graph theory problem for a while and I’ve found some nice results. It’s not ...

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