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Updating an already submitted graduate school application

First, in this day and age, I think it is EXTREMELY unlikely that professors are printing out candidate files to read them. Every position from PhD to postdoc to professor has hundreds of applicants ...
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Is it acceptable to not give someone credit in a math thesis for minor guidance?

If you're writing a thesis there'll usually be an acknowledgements section which would be perfect for this kind of thing. Even in journal papers there are often acknowledgements where the authors ...
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How to get back to academia after a rough phase?

I used to be a pure math enthusiast. Back in my school days, I was a competitive mathematician (qualified Japan MO) and programmer which got me interested in the subject initially. I eventually ...
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How to get back to academia after a rough phase?

Not all good universities are expensive. University is largely free in Germany and France, for example.
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Reviewer rejects a paper and then publishes the same results as their own?

As it is written above, stealing somebody's ideas is plagiarism, too, and there is no excuse. I would do the following. Write to the editorial board, show them your case and ask them to withdraw the ...
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How to get back to academia after a rough phase?

If your past academic performance is poor then a good coursework Masters program will give you the opportunity to reset this, and give you a good platform for later applications for a PhD program. (...
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Reviewer rejects a paper and then publishes the same results as their own?

I would believe that the original author, at this point, has enough documentation to "prove" that the published material was lifted from the rejected (original) submission. In such an ...
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Reviewer rejects a paper and then publishes the same results as their own?

There is a similar case, well-known in mathematics. G. D. Birkhoff, a distinguished mathematician, was a mathematics editor for the PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)). A ...
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Reviewer rejects a paper and then publishes the same results as their own?

I frequently read in the acknowledge section that anonymous referees helped to improve papers. Immediate ideas to improve a paper are usually shared with the author and not kept to the referees to ...
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Reviewer rejects a paper and then publishes the same results as their own?

In the '80s and '90s, some high-temperature superconductivity researchers would modify initial their submissions to journals and make significant last-minute corrections to avoid such problems. These ...
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Reviewer rejects a paper and then publishes the same results as their own?

When you upload your paper to arXiv you make it so not just the reviewer of your paper, but anyone in the world, is completely free to try to improve on your work (whether by strengthening or ...
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Reviewer rejects a paper and then publishes the same results as their own?

Pure mathematician here. The sequence of events described is very unlikely to happen, because of cultural forces in pure math designed to prevent it. If the situation the OP described did happen, it ...
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Math Research after undergraduate degree and before graduate school

Yes, of course, there are many places you could publish research at your stage. For one thing, many undergrad journals will accept papers from recent graduates as long as the research was started when ...
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Applying to academia and industry at the same time issue

Many math PhDs leave academia and end up working in industry. The best approach is to first decide which type of job you want, then craft your job search (and your activities) to maximize your chance ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

In a sense, what the student is saying is true in that pure math is the best for them. But it's a little weird to say that it's just "the best". I work in econometrics. I don't think it's ...
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How to go about publishing a paper solving a new problem

A good start is to become familiar with the area of NP-hard problems and understand what can and cannot be done with them. Specifically, NP-hard problems cannot be "solved" efficiently. That'...
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NSF grant proposal not reviewed despite being received

Research administrator here, so my perspective is from the university and not from a researcher. There is a way to check the status by whoever is PI or Co-PI. If you are Senior Personnel, but not a ...
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How to prepare for the Quals in Math early on?

Everyone studies differently, but for whatever it's worth: Save your practice problems until after you've finished the corresponding courses. You probably won't have the background to answer the ...
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How to prepare for the Quals in Math early on?

My experience is old, but it is that there are specific advanced courses intended to prepare you for them. Take those courses, or, in any case, an advanced course in the subject of each exam shortly ...
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NSF grant proposal not reviewed despite being received

For most NSF programs, especially recurring annual programs, there are usually Way too many submissions for everyone's names to fit on a single screen, and Many panels with grouped expertise Most ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

Is he good enough? If he is potentially a Wiles, or a Ramanujan, or a Conway, or a Perelman, then let him go for it. Otherwise he may need to learn a little humility. Caution him gently about funding, ...
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NSF grant proposal not reviewed despite being received

Some grants go for mail-in reviews before the panel. A poor mail-in review likely means that the proposal doesn't make it to the panel. I don't know which grant you applied for and I'm in DoE grant ...
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NSF grant proposal not reviewed despite being received

You really can't know, and it's a waste of your mental energy to wonder too much about it. Most programs run multiple panels if there are too many proposals. Some proposals fit poorly into the program ...
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NSF grant proposal not reviewed despite being received

You don't say what kind of grant. If it's a GRFP, there are hundreds of reviewers, and the odds of any given reviewer seeing any given grant are long. Further, if your prof is from your school, she ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

"Define superior?" The student might notice what they are doing if you simply ask that question. What is the ordering of this? Order by difficulty? Not having to think about whether the ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

Oh man, this question triggered me so much that I actually created an account. So I'm a "pure" mathematics dropout; I finished a PhD in 2012 and did a couple of postdocs. It was fantastic. I ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

There are two issues here: potential arrogance and job prospects. As to the first, when he says that pure math is "superior", how does he mean this? If he means simply, "I think this is ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

Sounds like a good time to have the academic equivalent of "the talk" with him. The ultimate goal of studying is to put food on the table, both for oneself and for one's family To put food ...
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What next step would be best with my preferred math PhDs in mind?

I have a PhD in math, and a master's in computer science. I got them at the same graduate university in the US. I agree with Paul's comment that Purdue is a very good research university and almost ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

I studied pure math as well. I would pose the question, what good is studying something if the results are never used? And then provide an analogous subject. To the mentee propose, Suppose a you study ...
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With computation tools available, why are we still not teaching any proofs in the first-year calculus/linear algebra for deeper understanding?

I'm a professor of mathematics who teaches a lot of linear algebra and calculus. I did not downvote, but I suspect downvoters disagree with the premise of the question, that access to AI tools should ...
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With computation tools available, why are we still not teaching any proofs in the first-year calculus/linear algebra for deeper understanding?

at least the basic things like epsilon-delta language This is one of those things where, once you understand it, it seems trivial. It probably seems to you like you should be able to explain it in ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

However, I also do not want to tell him that he will find it hard to survive in academia if he does pure math. To me, as an advisor, I think telling the truth about this is one of the responsibility ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

Nice and Interesting! In my understanding, Firstly, the responsibility of a mentor is just to guide the student by providing the required information and knowledge. Usually, sometimes, by answering ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

I'm sure it wouldn't hurt for your mentee to begin "soft searching" now to familiarize himself with the volume - and quality - of current (relevant) job postings in the field. I, for example,...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"? I'd ask them to back this claim with a proof: ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

Just let him do pure mathematics. In some senses it is superior and in some it is not. Let him discover it on his own.
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

I would simply answer that humility and respect are qualities a researcher needs. You can be humble and respectful and still love your field above everything else - it's not exclusive.
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

Tell him exactly what you think and try to help him then just leave it alone. People only learn these things through experience and they need to experience it themselves. When they struggle they may ...
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What are the different mathematical cultures out there? That is, what universities focus on what fields and subfields in mathematics?

Your question is of such a general kind that it is hard to offer a reasonably concise answer to it. On the other hand, I see that you are trying to glean information, which may be of use to you when ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

"I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior…” Setting aside the deplorable arrogance and snobbery for a minute, here are a few thoughts. Depends what he means by “do”. If he just means ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

I believe that OP has a professional duty to advise caution and a more generous viewpoint, as someone above already said. In relation to the student's ultimate success or failure, this will be - ...
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What are the different mathematical cultures out there? That is, what universities focus on what fields and subfields in mathematics?

In the US, at any large R1 university, especially State universities, perhaps, you will find very wide coverage of mathematics. At a minimum, there will be lots of choices for students to choose a ...
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How do you respond to people who say pure mathematics has less value than applied mathematics because "it doesn't have any practical application"?

This is how I explain to my relatives and friends when they ask the same question to me: What distinguishes human beings from other animals (at least most of them, cf. chimpanzees) is that we have ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

Today I had lunch with a friend who told me that I should simply tell this student frankly how difficult the life of a pure mathematician is --- doing research, getting a PhD, publishing papers, ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

Tell them - tongue in cheek - "available funding is inversely related to purity of a field". Of course, that's not strictly true, but then neither is the statement "pure mathematics is ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

Galileo Galilei said that "Mathematics is the language with which God has written the universe." This quote reflects the idea that mathematics provides a universal framework for ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

I would first discuss with him what he means by "superior". I see at least two possibilities: First is the one you seem to be hearing: He thinks pure math is really the best subject, in some ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

I would gently push back if he seeks validation of these beliefs, or brings them up on his own volition in casual conversation. If that happens, I would point out that yes, pure mathematics has a ...
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What can I tell a student I am mentoring who claims: "I want to do pure mathematics because it is superior to any other subject in the world"?

I see no real reason to tell him anything. If he’s being an obnoxious or abrasive jerk, you could advise him to knock that off. And of course, you can share your views and experiences if the right ...
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