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The German Ph.D. system is feudal and archaic. Sounds like an opinion. Let's check all points to form an own opinion. At the top is the professor, who, unlike his Anglo Saxon counterparts, can take as many Ph.D. students as he wants. True. But it's more like "as many PhD students as he can pay". 20 to 30 is very common. No. More than 6 is rare in ...


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NONE. Don t do this mistake. The German Ph.D. system is feudal and archaic. At the top is the professor, who, unlike his Anglo Saxon counterparts, can take as many Ph.D. students as he wants. 20 to 30 is very common. They are used to do the grunt work. If you are a foreign student, the professor will do nothing to help you stay on, network, or find a job in ...


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Summary The quote mostly reflects individual experiences. In general surveys on satisfaction with supervision and employment of international PhD (and other) students, Germany only scores slightly worse than the international average. Individual Experiences The quote in question is a great example for one of the reasons why we do not allow shopping ...


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Answer to "How do I log onto discord? How do I invite my students?" Head to https://discordapp.com/ and follow the quick directions to make an account. You should then see a screen that looks like this: Discord is broken up into "servers", which are subdivided into "channels". There is a list of servers you are currently logged into on the left bar. Click ...


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I have had people I know who are senior mathematicians tell me in private conversation that they believe it is right and proper to discriminate in favor of females in mathematics in things like graduate admissions and job hiring. In some cases they essentially admitted (in a circumspect, plausibly-deniable sort of way) to practicing this kind of ...


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Technically speaking, the answer to your question is that no, it's not common for a paper not to be indexed. MathSciNet indexes almost all reputable math journals. And I say almost because like all good mathematicians I don't want to make an unproved universal claim, but I don't have any example of a non-indexed reputable math journal in mind. What is ...


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It is possible you were unfairly rejected. This is not really possible to prove one way or the other, from the information in your post. Unrelated to that, however, your post shows a lack of understanding for the standard justifications of affirmative action, and why admissions committees sometimes may try to improve the gender balance of their decisions. I ...


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You need to keep the intended audience of that CV in mind. If you are just interested in a German audience (non Germans can read your CV if they can find it, but you just don't care), then you can add those grades. If you aim for an international audience you need to give them a metric by which to evaluate those notes. For example, in the Netherlands a PhD ...


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Discord is for gaming and the existing networks of friends will prove too distracting. I recommend Slack. Slack is also a platform with 116 apps listed on AlternativeTo. Browse all 116 apps for Slack. You get ten free integrations on a free account.


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The comparison you make is quite compelling, insofar as you both went to the same school, and have conducted similar tests/classes in your respective CVs, and there is no aspect (that you have mentioned) where her record is stronger than yours. I would recommend you take a careful look to see if there are any aspects of your girlfriend's CV that are ...


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Read it Get the article machine translated. If you can not copy-paste from the PDF, it would be convenient to do some sort of OCR on it. An alternative that requires work is to retype the (relevant parts of) the article with a Cyrillic keyboard. There almost certainly exists software or internet applications for typing Cyrillic letters. I understand there ...


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Yes. It's an anecdote but I got a permanent position pretty much because I had a paper under revision at a very top journal. It still doesn't count as much as a published paper, though. One thing you can do is ask the editor if she/he would be ok with you mentioning it in a job application and whether you can pass on contact details so that the job ...


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MathSciNet reviews are not the kind of reviews an editor would get for a submitted paper. Rather, what is posted on MathSciNet is more of a summary of the article and someone putting it into the context of the broader field -- something that would help a reader understand not only what the paper provides, but why it is relevant. As such, the authors of these ...


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I'd advise you to be very careful about this part of your question: "The obvious advantage of using a powerpoint presentation is that I might save a lot of time I would otherwise spend on writing everything down on the blackboard such as definitions, theorems etc." That time you "save" might well be the time your audience needs to absorb the meanings of ...


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You typically want to maximize the amount of interesting content that is presented. (Where the definition of interesting can vary significantly by field and purpose of the talk.) So, the primary questions I think you should be asking are "How much time will it take to draw on the board?" and "Is this time well spent?". Some pros for slides: Drawing/writing ...


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Don’t make the classic error of just reading off the slides... Instead, point out the interesting parts: “this term in the left hand side controls the rate of dive” etc. However, ppt or chalk is minor, it’s how you put it across and how you answer the questions... They have probably prepped their questions anyway, either about interesting bits or parts ...


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I believe it depends on the sort of research you want to do. If your goal is to better understand machine learning models, then you'd benefit from a solid mathematics background. Mathematics is necessary to understand how models work, intuit potential improvements, and prove various properties about the models. Researchers that rely on a foundational ...


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Number theory is perhaps the historically deepest, most studied area of mathematics. To even begin to understand research in most areas of number theory, you need two full years of graduate coursework over several subfields of mathematics. What one can learn in an undergraduate course, or even a first graduate course, in number theory is so far from the ...


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When applying for a postdoc, should I mention any of the above? I was in the same boat as you, one leg in one discipline, another one in a completely different one. I had one thesis director but the referees were from both fields. I also had the opportunity to discuss with them in the course of my PhD. The experience was amazing. I made sure to highlight ...


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The ability to work independently and attain significant accomplishments is noteworthy. Your letters of recommendation should speak to your many qualities. Your published contributions should speak to your research accomplishments and your ability to publish original work. We are talking a form of a job interview here. And people are hired not just for ...


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I came across this question and I feel obliged to address it. I personally experienced everything that the original quote says. And when I say "everything" - I mean it. This quote pretty much summarizes my entire PhD experience. Similarly to an original poster, I do NOT recommend doing your Ph.D in Germany, if you have any other options. Let me address it ...


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Sorry to have to say it, but the first step is to assure yourself that you aren't a crank. You don't sound like someone trying to "square the circle", so the first comment was just for completeness. But if you aren't sure about the validity of your research then getting some feedback on it from a pro would be helpful. Perhaps you are close enough to some ...


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Sounds like the contradiction in your situation is that you 1) want to become a professor at a smaller liberal arts college, but 2) don't want to go through the job search necessary (70+ applications, having to do postdocs where you move around constantly, etc) to get there. Unfortunately, you can't have both. You'll have to choose one or the other. If you ...


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The is a degree of randomness to these processes and factors that are unknown or not described in your post. Think of any logistic regression model that you might have seen. Some proportion of those predicted to be 1 actually are 0 and vice versa. It could be due to an excluded variable but it could be random. Are you both proposing to work with the same ...


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Perhaps you could 'practice' by submitting solutions to the venerable 'Problems and Solutions' in either the College Mathematics Journal or the American Mathematical Monthly. I submitted a solution to this in my student days (early Pleistocene...) and they published it. These journals are great for amateur mathematicians.


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There is nothing wrong with having specific needs when it comes to job search, and that does not disqualify you for a PhD. To really understand the current state of the job market a good place to start is to talk with people in your field who have recently been on the job market, even if they didn't share exactly the same concerns as you. In the end whether ...


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A thesis defence for a Bachelor degree is at a rather different level than for, say, a doctorate. Your audience already know everything you are likely to say, but they are there to judge whether YOU know it and understand it. (I am assuming that the bachelor's degree in question is a particular subject rather than teaching skills, to which entirely different ...


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It is true, as @Mr Cabbage observes, that there probably are economic realities to be considered. Unless you're independently wealthy, you'll eventually need to have a paycheck. And probably a reliable one. If you're "on your own", with no responsibilities to anyone else, you can obviously take more risks than otherwise. So. One point is that you have ...


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I think you should do what your heart tells you to do. If you love number theory, do number theory. However, there are certain economic realities to take into consideration. Most people study with the intention of getting a job afterwards. Therefore, since you have a talent for mathematics, I would suggest that you become a statistician, since there are far ...


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Simple enough to just ask. Ask if the offer is still open and what your next steps should be. And express your enthusiasm as you have here. Four days isn't actually that long. Nor is a week without a reply. But if it is upcoming soon then an email now should be fine.


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