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Which topics should be covered in a teaching statement?

In mathematics, submitting a teaching statement (also called teaching philosophy or similar names) is part of the application package for any teaching jobs (and most research jobs). I suspect it is a ...
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For a postdoctoral/Ph.D. position in Mathematics in Europe, can I make this somewhat irregular request?

I am not sure whether this question is suitable for academia, if not it would be great to know the site where I should ask this. I am a finishing Ph.D. student in Mathematics at a decent school in the ...
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Are mathematics REUs absolutely limited to undergraduates?

I had an amazing time at my REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) last summer. I would really love to do another one this year. Problem is, I am about to graduate, so I will technically not ...
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How significantly does the salary amount for tenured faculty impact the quality of a deparment?

I mean both the salary a department offers to new hires and to already hired faculty members. I would prefer answers specifically about math departments, but I would also be interested in answers ...
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What percentage of phds in math actually get a tenure track academic job?

I'm interested in knowing what percentage of math phds actually succeed in landing a tenure track academic job? Also, does a phd from AMS Group 1 guarantees you an academic job in top universities? ...
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Graduate math student migrating to engineering?

I don't know how to start, truly, but lately I've been involved with some projects in pure mathematics and I've grown frustrated and disappointed. I don't think that pure mathematics is so inspiring; ...
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Do community colleges have good math libraries?

Do community colleges have good mathematics libraries (with advanced books)? I am sure that it is different from place to place. I am interested to get some feeling of the general situation.
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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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How can I enter into the mathematics field at the graduate level when I only took a few math courses as an undergrad?

Background I was ignorant as an undergraduate and didn't focus heavily in any specific area. I finally graduated with a single math/computer science degree that consisted of 5 math classes beyond ...
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When changing fields from undergrad to PhD, which department should recommendation letters come from?

I am a physics undergrad who has worked with profs mostly on areas in Quantum field theory, string theory. However, my interests have changed slightly over the areas, and now I want to pursue a PhD in ...
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Is there any chance for a person with BSc in mathematics to get into good graduate level theoretical physics program?

I am a mathematics major without any undergraduate level courses in physics. I am lately interested in physics. Is there any chance for me to go into good theoretical physics graduate program without ...
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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 to cope with the change from easy undergrad. to difficult masters?

I'm doing a masters course at a different university than I did my undergrad (both in maths). I did well in my undergrad but now I'm finding it very difficult. The shock of the change is hard to cope ...
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why is the impact factor of mathematical journals "often" lower than the impact factor of journals in other disciplines

I was always wondering why is the impact factor of mathematical journals "often" lower than the impact factor of journals in other disciplines? I come up with some guesses that I would like to know ...
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Important factors for hiring a young mathematician

Let's list important factors for evaluation of a job candidate (for research post doc, assistant professor, tenure track, etc): Research experience (research articles, research talks, expository ...
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Is it hard to get a scholarship for graduate school in Mathematics?

I am currently majoring in Physics but I am thinking about changing my major to Mathematics because feel more attracted to it as a subject. However, I have been told that in Physics, one almost always ...
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tips for mathematics student giving interview for physics (quantum information)

As suggested by @PiotrMigdal I am putting a separate question regarding the title mentioned above. I am a Mathematics PhD student doing work in functional analysis / operator theory aspects of ...
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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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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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Working at a Liberal Arts College in Mathematics

I am finishing my Ph.D. in mathematics and am currently applying to many different schools. I would like to customize my cover letter somewhat for liberal arts colleges. In general, what defines a ...
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Advantages and Disadvantages of learning mathematics and physics subjects through lecture videos

I have been contemplating studying some subjects by watching video lectures, more specifically Topology and Quantum Mechanics. I was wondering, if anyone has tried studying a subject on his own by ...
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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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Is it possible to attend graduate school in pure math after undergrad in CSE?

I am a Bangladeshi student studying CSE in the best university of my country. At the beginning of my second year in my university, an interest towards pure math grew in my mind. But my university does ...
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Does one need a specific field in mind to apply to a PhD program in mathematics?

When applying for the PhD program in mathematics, usually, one is not required to specify in what field (e.g., PDE, dynamical system, etc.) he/she intends to do. However, I don't know whether it will ...
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What metrics are used to judge a mathematical journal's quality?

The metric I see most on the internet and on journals' home pages is the 'Impact Factor'. Are there any other metrics that are considered as important as (or more important than) the Impact Factor?
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Beginners' guide to publications in mathematics

I solved an interesting problem in probability, and I think it's worth publishing as an interesting application. However, I am not a mathematician and don't know anything about existing journals or ...
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Any chance for an overseas student to pursue online courses and get a degree?

I am planning to take courses in Mathematics, Computer Science from a US University. I am not in the USA. How should I generally go about it? Is it an online degree that I am looking for? And I ...
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How do I get into a masters course in pure mathematics?

My question is as stated in the title and to elaborate more: I would like to know if there are any standardized international exams to enter a masters course in pure mathematics (besides GRE Math) ...
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