For an applicant to a high ranking U.S. graduate program in mathematics, how much more beneficial would it be to have a (coauthored) article published rather than accepted for publication?

(If more details are relevant, without possibly breeching anonymity, there are a few student authors and one faculty author. The article is on a recreational mathematics topic in an expository journal.)

I asked a professor I have been working for about a year to write a recommendation letter for graduate school. She agreed but says she usually ask students to write for themselves and she will do some editions on it.

I was supposed to ask her for a template at that time… And now I have no idea how to draft one for myself. Anybody has any advice?

I’m an engineering major, but I’m going to apply to graduate school in pure mathematics. I took several classes in math and I’d like to know what other courses I should take for my application to be considered “good enough”. I took and got A from the following courses:

Undergraduate: Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equations, Number Theory, Algebraic Curves
Graduate: Algebra I, Commutative Algebra, Differentiable Manifolds, Riemannian Geometry, Algebraic Topology

  1. What other math courses should I take for my application to be considered seriously?

  2. Can I take graduate courses instead to demonstrate proficiency in the courses in Question 1?
    For example, if I am advised to take undergraduate Topology class, does taking graduate Algebraic Topology class count as taking the undergraduate Topology class?

  3. Is it bad if I took all the courses in Question 1, but didn’t meet the requirements for obtaining B.Sc in Mathematics in my school?
    For example, my school requires that I take Statistics as part of the B.Sc requirement, but other schools may not.

Thanks a lot in advance..!

How will the departments view the PhD, PostDoc, and AP applicants with SJR tier Q3(4) publications and/or publications on open access journals?

Personally I believe that at the specialization level of Postdoc and AP, committees are looking after publications on specific good journals rather the name of the publisher. But at PhD level I am not sure what will happen. I doubt that the super busy faculties in top departments will bother reading the applicant’s publications in detail just because s/he paid $100 application fee.

Is a publication on a Springer journal (but with SJR tier Q3) looks better than an open access journal with tier Q2?

We often do not have time to go through an article in detail. In academia, will you pay more attention to articles published by prestigious publishers (Elsevier, Springer, Sage, academic societies, Etc.), provided that all the other credentials (affiliations, ranks, names) of a paper are the same?

I withdrew from my graduate studies due to academic bullying from a professor I would continually have throughout the rest of my graduate studies. I was given F’s and C’s in classes taught by that professor and they were deliberate no matter how precise my answers were. I took it to the Dean but he her friend and I showed him the assignments and tests and he refused to “go on a witch hunt” as he would say. Therefore I decided to leave before my gpa dropped drastically and get kicked out for academic deficiency. There were also blatant attacks and passive agressiveness during the lectures and conversations I had with the professor. I did the right thing it was obvious there was foul play. What I wanted to know is if I have a chance at being accepted by another graduate program? I can get letters from other professors from my department as I always scored A’s in every other class not taught by this tyrant professor.

I am currently a graduate student in mathematics at the University of Montreal. I also did my undergraduate studies there.

I know it is often frowned upon to do all your graduate studies at the same university. I have read online it is often better to go somewhere else for your PhD.

How far does one have to go for the PhD studies?
In Montreal, there are three other universities (McGill, Concordia, UQAM) and I was wondering if just switching university (while staying in the same city) is sufficient in academia. Will it be frowned upon?

A student is looking for a third recommendation letter for econ PhD application. Those are the options:

  1. A full Professor in political science teaching political economics. This one knows the applicant well and read/supervised a lot of the students’ projects.
  2. An assistant professor in economics who knows the applicant well and supervised/read a lot of the students’ projects.
  3. Or an old prof very famous in academia but I only took a class with him. He does not know me well but I could let him read my paper and comment on that.

All of them are from very good schools. Who will be the most useful referee in the PhD application? I personally think that 3>1>2.

All of them are from top 5 schools.

  1. A full Professor in political science teaching political economics.
  2. An assistant professor in economics.
  3. Or an old prof very famous in academia but I only took a class with him. He does not know me well but I could let him read my paper and comment on that.

Who will be the most useful in my application? I personally think that 3>1>2.

I have taken the GRE four times and got 148 Verbal, 157 Quantitative, and 3 on Writing.

By the way, English is not my first language. I am a foreigner that works in his home country. I want to do a PhD in the USA, but I can not get a descent GRE score.

Does these results say I am not fit to do a PhD?

I can not get good reference letters. I graduated from a developing country university which has no graduate programs and Faculty works part time. I did electrical engineering.