Our department is awesome. But every year, I think: “why aren’t we getting more awesome applicants? They could be super happy here, and we could do a great job of jump-starting their careers.”

Well, this year, I am on the PhD admissions committee.

What can I do to improve the quality of our applicant pool? Of course I realize reputation is a big component, but that is a long-term game (and we are already quite well-ranked by USN≀ I don’t think that’s the core issue here). I’m wondering more about short-term, actionable, guerilla mercenary acts I can execute in the next few months.

If you have participated in grad admissions at your university, what (if anything) helped you get more quality applications?

For reference I’m in North America, in the sciences.

I am planning to apply for a PhD programme (probably in the UK). I have two solid sources for academic letters of recommendation (my Director of Studies and my Master’s Project supervisor. Now, some places I’m applying to require three letters of recommendation and here I have a dilemma: I could go for a generic academic reference from a random professor or strong reference from my Technical Authority at work.

Due to several random factors, I have not managed to establish a particularly strong connections at my university(ies) with anyone apart from the two people I already mentioned. I’ve worked with some people personally but I know if I ask them for a letter I shouldn’t expect anything more than “SaladButt had been a good performing student, he grasped things fast and got good grades THE END”. Being one year out of school does not help. On the other hand, I could ask my Technical Authority at work to write me one. I know it would be a solid letter as I have already seen the feedback she wrote me for annual reviews. On top of that I’m pretty convinced my field (engineering/robotics) values hands-on experience and that I could prove with my work history.

I have seen many people here say that letters from academics always win over ones from employers. Do you think it also applies in this case?

I have two papers that I’m looking to try and publish soon. I would like to cite my own paper as the work is fairly closely linked. Is it worth publishing one as a preprint on something like Arxiv so I can cite? I’ve read that it is more beneficial to publish preprints if you are already an established researcher whereas these would be my first two publications (if accpeted).

I am hoping to be applying for a PhD programme in the UK in the next few months. I have already asked the appropriate people if they would be up to writing me letters of recommendation and they responded positively and enthusiastically.

Now, I am not fully certain about the exact programmes I’ll apply to. I have a few picked out but I’m also looking into a couple others – not really related to my original picks (think research in A vs. research in B by means of A.

Question: should my referees tailor their letters of recommendation to the specific programmes I’ll be applying to, or is the convention usually for letters to be more destination-agnostic? Is it ok to ask a letter-writer to make the letter relevant to many degrees or asking for multiple separate letters is the usual practice?

What are the national and international competitive exams an Indian medical student can take during his/her undergraduate years (during MBBS)?

Specifically, I am looking for an international olympiad type competitive test on medical subjects (Anatomy, Physiology…) which I can apply from India.

I’m sorry if the question is not of the kind usually dealt with in the website. Honestly, I’m looking for a personal advice and/or real-world experience to help me figure what should I do.

My question is whether applying for a master’s program is a good idea? or not? Given that I have no deep knowledge in mathematics, except for some engineering level linear algebra and calculus.

More details about me: I’m an electrical engineering (EE) graduate with a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in power engineering. Although I finished my degrees with high grades and a strong resume, I didn’t ever feel a thing for EE to be motivated enough to go after it in my professional life. On the other side, I always enjoyed math both in high school and college, and by “enjoying” math I’m not just talking about ordinary problem solving but mathematical stuff including defining mathematical objects, theorems, proofs and so on.

For me, the good thing about mathematics is that I always felt an aptitude for it. I get it naturally and in a joyful way. In many cases, at first sight, I feel the solution or how to get that, in a strange abstract way. During my entire education, I have always had a closer connection with my mathematics teachers/lecturers. The problem in college was that the level and depth of mathematics courses in engineering programs (even EE) was too little to feel satisfaction. Therefore, I am considering pursuing mathematics itself.

(This is a repost (crosspost?) of my question from MSE here.)

As the question title suggests, should I apply to graduate school for mathematics? I am currently an undergraduate studying mathematics at some unnamed university in the world about to enter their last year.

Here are some reasons why I think I shouldn’t.

  1. I don’t think I’d be happy doing mathematics all day long. I don’t have a lot of discipline when it comes to “working”, and I tend to get bored quite easily.

    I have strong interests in other areas as well. I could be doing something else with my life! Maybe I’d not be living up to my “true potential” if I decided to become a mathematician.

  2. I don’t think I have what it takes to be a successful mathematician. I don’t think I’m good enough. Also, I’ve been struggling with extreme depression for a while now, and there’s no signs of it disappearing anytime soon. I think this will affect my ability to succeed in graduate school at the least.
  3. (Related to 1 above.) The “real world” is a terrible place, and I want to help make it better. Becoming a professional mathematician would detract from my (already quite limited) ability to make it better.
  4. The (senior-than-me part of the) mathematical community sucks. The few times I have managed to gather the chutzpah to talk to faculty and graduate students over the last few years at my school, quite a few of them just insulted me for various failings and were quite cold even if they didn’t insult me.

    By comparison, the other undergraduates studying mathematics at my institution are, by in large, far more pleasant. But I still get this very empty feeling when talking to them.

    (On a related note, I have a lot of anxiety about talking about math in “real life” and in “real time”. I’m very slow, compared with other undergraduates at my institution. Talking about mathematics in “real time” and assessment of mathematical ability/learning give me great displeasure. Sometimes, I feel as if my self-worth is deeply tied to my mathematical ability? Some related issues are discussed by the liberated mathematician somewhere on her website.)

    I don’t really want to provide specifics, as it’ll make it easier to ascertain my identity… I know for sure quite a number of folks from my institution peruse MSE regularly.

Here is a reason in favor of applying to graduate school for mathematics.

  1. Doing mathematics (and specifically, discovering and producing one’s own mathematics) is the most pure form of Sartrean radical freedom, as stated with different wording perhaps, by quite a few practicing mathematicians.

And so I ask, should I apply to graduate school for mathematics?

(I have already discussed this somewhat with some family and friends, some of whom are also undergraduate mathematics students. But a lot of the discussion was unsatisfactory, so I would like to consult the opinion of informed strangers online.)

Also, for the few people who know/think they know my identity, I welcome you to contact me to talk about this, if you are comfortable with doing so. But please don’t spread the word that “I”, where “I” is replaced with my (speculated) real name, made a post of this sort on online.


I am new to post on this website. Please ignore my mistakes.

I am working to find best authors which i called nodes.
I have identified nodes centralities (Betweenness,Degree,PageRank,Closeness) using NetworkX in Python. The result is decimal value against each centrality. Attached is screenshot of values.

Nodes Centralities in decimal

I want to convert these values into integral value for writing in my Research Paper. I have read a research paper that have written in integral but i am unable to understand through what method it will be done. Picture attached of Paper.

Centralities in Integer values

Please help

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