Originally I was planning to defend my thesis during spring semester, however my adviser suggested me to delay my defense to the summer semester. He motivated this by the fact that my thesis writing need more work, even though my research results are good and ready.

After I declined Spring graduation, he told me that during the Summer semester he won’t be at the University, which I didn’t like, because, first of all, he didn’t warn me about this in advance (even, as I know, he knew that he is going to another state during summer before delaying my thesis defense), and also this means that my professor doesn’t care much about me and my defense, and that I have to delay my defense again to the Winter Semester, which I don’t like either, since I think I’m ready to defend in Summer.

Because my adviser is a thesis committee chair, I can’t defend without him, even if other committee members will be able to attend my defense. At the same time I don’t think that changing my adviser is a good idea, because we were working together for the past two years, he knows me and my research very well, and also there is no other professors at the department that have similar research interests.

So, I see another delaying of my graduation as the only option, which is very frustrating for me. I would appreciate any advice on this situation, and in particular, how to speed up my defense.

So is doing an unpaid internship worth it in grad school?

This person I’m talking to said that they had no money but could offer me a place and some work but I’ve been hesitant to respond due to the unpaid nature of the whole thing.

This is work for the summer and I really dont know about the not being paid part. It sucks.

Also please answer these specific and non-vague queries:-

1.) What should be the first few questions that I should ask to make sure everything goes down smoothly without much trouble for any party?

For eg.

“How long will this project last?”
“What is the scope of the problem?”

2.) Since I probably wont be having a work contract, what kind of questions should I be asking and precautions should I be taking to ensure that I’m sufficiently protected against any future problems?

3.) So that’s about it, please tell me anything else I’m missing relating to the above or if should be inquiring about?

4.) Any risks I’m taking in doing this?

I’m a first year international grad student so my off campus options are severely limited (none).

This is the person I could land as per the availability and time-frame of internships considered and I also dont want to let this go because this might be a good (maybe only) chance to learn. I really wished they had offered me a contract though. I feel that is a way to go, it clears up any confusion and makes an agreement of them allowing me to do my work and having a responsibility to guide me and me expected to finish.

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I don’t know if it’s the best place where one can find suggestions regarding this type of questions, but I would like to try to ask anyway. After the bachelor’s and the master’s degree I decided to do the PhD and now I’m a first year CS PhD student in a very good University in Europe. However, I’m not living a good period of my life since I’m not finding motivation in this path, both for personal and work issues. I’d like to work in another country and find a good company where I can code that it’s what I really love in this field.

However, I wouldn’t like to do the task of a programmer where usually someone above you asks to develop a particular software for a client. Instead, I’d like to implement software that could be used inside the company by using personal or technical paper’s ideas. It looks like this kind of work is more suitable for people who already have a PhD or who have experience with research.

With this two premises I would like to ask a couple of questions.

  1. Is the interruption of a PhD a disadvantage for the applicant?
  2. Is it possible to find a research work without a PhD?


1)My first MS was an integrated BS-MS in Mathematics. My grades there were modest (7.3 on a scale of 10)
2)My second MS is in Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning. I have significantly improved my grades- the current being 3.8. Will this be able to make up for the modest grades earlier?
3)I changed fields, and one of the reasons was that I discovered pure math, the only kind that was offered at my UG institute, was not what excited me a lot.
4)I worked for a year in a firm where I did work related to my current area, between my two masters.
4)I have one (joint) first-author paper in submission.
5)I am in good books of at least 3 faculty members I have done projects with.
6)I have a couple more projects presently going on, and should be able to submit them by the time of applications.
7)GRE: 163 V, 168 Q, 4.0 AWA

Questions I have

1)What things should I keep in mind to maximize my chances of getting into a PhD program?
2)How to gauge what schools are ambitious and what schools are safe?
3)What is a good time to get in touch with professors.
4)Do I have a disadvantage as compared to students who did their UG in CS?
5)(Subjective) How strong would you rate my profile?

This question already has an answer here:

I am a PhD student in economics and working on stuff like Hopf bifurcations and limit cycles used often in mathematics.

One of the graphics that I will use for my presentation is very similar to one of the photos in album booklet (dark side of the moon) of the legendary progressive rock band Pink Floyd. Here is the link ;

Album cover

It is like a limit cycle (it is a heartbeat sequence, note that there are also bifurcation analysis for heartbeats) and gives a quick idea about the concept.

I am wondering if it is really appropriate to make this kind quick jokes during presentations. Anybody having bad experiences about that ?

I am a high school student, at 17 years of age. I am pursuing to do research in math. Currently, I am studying through Baby Rudin, and having a great time with it. I am able to solve most of the problems in it. However, I went through the requirements of the best universities in the world (like MIT), and most of them required me to be a medalist in some international olympiad(like IMO), or be a winner at some science fair. I tried preparing for the IMO, but the problems in it seem too brute force and uninteresting to me. So, my question is this: As a high schooler, should I continue to do what I am interested in, or prepare for such contests? If not, then what should I do to enter a good university?

If this is not the correct forum for this question, or too specific, feel free to close it. I’m more or less from MSE, and this seemed like the place to ask.

There’s this well-known math text called “Characteristic Classes” by Milnor and Stasheff which is regarded as a staple among topology students in the field. It’s a classic, and is highly regarded by everyone. The problem is that it’s old, comparatively speaking. I don’t seem to be able to hunt down a ‘new’ copy in the sense that it’s updated printing, font, etc, and it’s kind of an eyesore to read. For me personally, this writing actually causes headaches, to the point where I can’t read for much longer once it starts. The copyright date inside the text is from 1974.

I don’t know anything about copyright law at all – I’m just a graduate student. Since I have time this summer, I was thinking about trying to transcribe some sections of the book into LaTeX, with modern diagrams and fonts that might be a little easier on the eyes. It would probably involve some headaches along the way, but I can’t be the only one who experiences this, and it might help someone else down the line. Plus this would let me insert in footnotes or endnote comments about things that jumped out at me while reading. It’s a rich text so there are lots of places where this happens.

Obviously if I do this for myself and don’t share it with anyone, there’s no problem. But if I were to do this, it would really be for the benefit of other grad students or mathematicians. If I were to post it on a blog or something, it might violate some kind of copyright law, and obviously I want to avoid that kind of problem. Is this sort of thing legal, and more generally, how do I go about finding out what is or is not legal in the United States?

I have the following query. It is well known that to apply for a faculty position usually 3 years (for example in India) of postdoctoral experience is needed. My question is that does the duration is counted from the date of submitting Phd thesis or from the date of thesis defense or actually starting the postdoc job in some university. Thanks. Any help/suggestions will be useful.

So in short, I was just wondering how hard it would be to get into an applied math masters program at a school like University of Washington? I don’t think UW is in the same tier as schools like MIT, but they sure have a great Math program, and I was wondering if it would be a hard one to get into?

Im actually a physics major, with a math minor, with three years of research experience under my belt and a 3.5 GPA

Would a Masters program at a school like UW be a realistic option?