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Why did only a few professors reply to my Ph.D. positions inquiry?

Each of the 20 professors you wrote to may have received hundreds of letters like yours. I think a quick acknowledgment with a "sorry, no" would be better than no response, but I can ...
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Why did only a few professors reply to my Ph.D. positions inquiry?

"I didn't put the professor's name at the start." This! Obviously, this is highly subjective, but whenever I get one of those emails, they go directly to the trash bin. If you cannot even ...
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Why pursue a PhD in pure Mathematics?

Let me try to provide a somewhat different though not entirely distinct perspective, namely that this is a totally reasonable series of questions to ask oneself and the mere act of considering them ...
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PostDoc while Serving in the Military

Without knowing specifics (such as your country, branch of service, etc.), consider reaching out agency's research program. For example, the US Military has the Office of the Under Secretary of ...
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Crisis during PhD but pulling through - how happy are you with your decision?

I don't think I've had a "crisis" as you describe, but I may have some thoughts. I really can't motivate myself any more to continue working...The topic is doable, but to be honest doesn't ...
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PostDoc while Serving in the Military

That would be unusual, but you might be able to arrange something, especially if you don't require much compensation for it. Normally, though, a post doc is pretty intense. But you might be able to ...
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Why pursue a PhD in pure Mathematics?

Is you question WHY or SHOULD? from the content of your question, it sounds like "should", but the title is too obvious. If you're not really asking, I will provide a lemma at the end. ...
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Advice: no reply after the 2nd interview

No, don't ask them why they didn't schedule another interview. No, don't try to "change their minds" in an email. Any of that will be counterproductive. You can send an email, but simply ask ...
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Crisis during PhD but pulling through - how happy are you with your decision?

Not sure this answers the question, but at least I think I can provide some food for thought: Your description of the situation sounds to me as if it may be substantially worsened by Covid regulation ...
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Why did only a few professors reply to my Ph.D. positions inquiry?

This depends on what country you're in, but at least where I live, it would be rather uncommon to approach a professor about a position directly via email. Open PhD positions are posted in some ...
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Why did only a few professors reply to my Ph.D. positions inquiry?

Don't send during vacation time I think during the vacation time July-August nobody reads their working emails, and even if they are, they ignore unimportant stuff till later time. So I agree with ...
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Crisis during PhD but pulling through - how happy are you with your decision?

Most PhD students have some sort of crisis. Mine was different from yours, but I worked through it for almost two years. I am proud to have finished my PhD. I left academia right after my defense and ...
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