I’m getting way ahead of myself, but being nervous on the job market I asked an advisor what happens should a candidate receive zero job offers. To which the reply was, “That never happens.”

I’m sure that some people have had this experience before. I’m in the social sciences in a discipline that is very competitive with fewer than normal options outside of academia. I still have a ways to go time wise for job expectations, but I am curious about what options others may have gone for in situations where they either received no offers or none that were more appealing than something else that wasn’t planned.

My assumption is that people will shoot for adjunct positions or similar options should nothing else come along, and try again in following years. Can anyone speak to being in this kind of position, or knowing someone who has gone through it?

Of course I expect and hope not to be in this position, but I am planning for everything. Others have told me that they apply for upwards of 70 positions in a year, which to me is insane (I don’t know how assured I could be in the quality of that many applications). I have probably applied for 20-25 positions thus far, so I don’t know if I should be approaching the process differently. And in the worst case situation, where to go from there?

There is a good question about how to be a discussant here, but it does not cover my question.

I was chosen to be a discussant for an upcoming seminar (actually, it was proposed to me by the same author I am discussing). I have several comments to make about the work, which I will put on slides. Should I talk the author through them before my presentation, or perhaps send him/her my slides beforehand? Or is it well understood that discussions are “surprises” and presenters should be able to address the discussion “on the spot”?

I have no intention to put the presenter into trouble, but perhaps, for the sake of the audience, it is better if I send the slides/discussion beforehand, so the quality of the answers might be higher. But I am not sure this is standard. Any ideas?

The website Kudos offers a service whereby researchers can set up a profile, choose their publications from a database and add a short summary of their content (not the original abstract). How effective is

  • setting up a profile with Kudos
  • adding summaries to one’s publications

in terms of making one’s research better known? Is there any evidence to suggest that it’s worth the time?

During the past twenty years, I was a lecturer in various colleges and universities in my hometown with my MS degree. Ten years ago, I became a lecturer at a university (somewhat a more secure job) and six years ago, I became a Ph.D. student. Currently, I am graduating with 3 journal papers. One of this papers submitted to a high impact journal and others are good journals in JCR Q1 journals list. I am 45 and my field is computer science (Machine learning) and I have years of teaching experience in computer science in undergraduate courses.

My question: What’s the best I can do to obtain a good job in US, Canada, or Europe? Can I find a Postdoc in good universities? and if yes is it a good idea given my situation? I have a wife and a 6 years old girl.

I have a recruiting/visit weekend coming up for one of my prospective PhD programs (to which I’ve already been admitted). Travel is covered, and my hotel is paid for. Food is provided the entire weekend. I had intended to bring my girlfriend. She is my SO of 6 years; we live together and moving somewhere for school would be a big decision on both of our parts and she really should be visiting the city/school before I accept anything.

She of course doesn’t need specific details about every aspect of the program, as I will no doubt receive, or to meet faculty, and of course the university has no reason to pay for her weekend. My parents also were hinting that they wanted to come, but that’s an even bigger stretch, it seems.

Am I overthinking this? Or is it really not appropriate to be bringing a +1 to a recruiting weekend. I can always bring my family members there soon after to show them around.

On a math (let’s say, calculus) exam recently, the students were asked to use the definition of a limit of a sequence to prove that the sequence given by 3n/(3n+5) converges to 1. Given a positive number Ɛ, the definition requires proving the existence of some number N such that if n>N then |3n/(3n+5) – 1|<Ɛ.

As a consequence of the definition, once a sufficiently large N is found, any larger value of N will also suffice. Many students set |3n/(3n+5) – 1|=5/(3n+5)<Ɛ to find N, however, the professor decided to include an extra step: 5/(3n+5) < 5/n <Ɛ, which leads to another sufficient value of N.

Although most students gave a correct proof (consistent with the definition in their book), he took off points because they didn’t find the “best” value of N. The lecturer claims that the author would have used some (unnecessary) inequalities to find the “better” N, which is probably true.

When students complain about losing points, I tell them that their answer is correct and that they should seek full credit for their work. The lecturer suggests that I am “putting the students between him and I” and that he’s ultimately in charge.

Who’s wrong here?

I will soon finish my undergraduate degree in math, and I want to study mathematics as a hobby after I graduate.

Online, I see a general trend of people saying

You can’t learn real math without collaboration and feedback. Go to graduate school!

But I don’t want to go to graduate school, and I have found that I learn better through self-study than by taking notes in class. That being said, it always does help to get my questions answered by professors, and collaboration with other students is sometimes helpful as well.

Question: Is it possible to have this kind of mathematical community without actually being in academia?

What I fear is studying for years by myself obsessively on a subject only to find that I had a horrible misconception the whole time that could have been avoided if only a professor had looked at my work.

If I have an internet presence where I am published on some websites, would that affect my chances of getting into grad school? More specifically, do grad schools google their applicants before getting accepted for a PhD program? For example, if someone posted some defamatory things about me on some websites, would grad schools google me to find these things beforehand? And if they do find these defamatory things, how much does it affect my chances of getting in?

I’m math undergraduate student and doing final project for undergraduate theses. I was trying with something “design constructed from group”, but I failed because i’m not sure with my ability to finish it and my advisor not realy understand about it. Now, i’m confused to choose the topic, i’d ask you to give me advise for my undergraduate theses. My interest is abstract algebra, you can give something related to it, group, ring, semigroup, semiring or etc, and I hope there is no programming in it, even a bit, like I did in design which is I failed.

please help me, I’m fear now, because I may be graduate not on time, and my mental a little down, since my advisor not give me much advise, but still i’m not blaming anyone, exexcept me, I feel so so so stupid, and I feel my dream to make graduate school after undergraduate school end, because I feel not smart enough to cope with graduate school, and I feel I wont get any scholarship to graduate.

This really destroy my mental, my everything.

Thank you so much.