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comment Where do Set Theory and Number Theory meet together?
Is this really a theorem in number theory? Not every result about the integers, or the positive integers, is something of concern to people in number theory. Does it have an application to a more conventional theorem in number theory?
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comment Graduate program applications that require questionnaires and other non-letter material
MathJobs but is for all other disciplines. My school's own employment system was so clunky by comparison to AcademicJobsOnline that in fact the internal application system was eventually abandoned and now all hiring is done through MathJobs for math and AcademicJobsOnline for faculty positions outside of math.
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comment Graduate program applications that require questionnaires and other non-letter material
@Lucia: there have always been some schools that do not allow applications to be uploaded on Mathjobs, even if they advertise there. My department faced that threat a few years ago (i.e., being compelled to switch to the school's own employment application system) but we avoided that fate by (i) finding out from other departments what made the school's own employment site hard to use, (ii) showing an administrator what Mathjobs looks like from both the applicant's and employer's side, and (iii) telling administrators about the website AcademicJobsOnline, which is just like [to be contd.]
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comment Graduate program applications that require questionnaires and other non-letter material
@paulgarrett: I'll try not to get you started (oops?). At least the math departments could say they make no use of the questionnaires when making admissions decisions and ask that letter writers for the math graduate programs not see that part at all. Or, if that's too unrealistic, maybe they could be like Univ. Southern California and put the questionnaire only at the end with a big disclaimer saying explicitly "This is not necessary."
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comment Graduate program applications that require questionnaires and other non-letter material
@paulgarrett: The UMass Amherst form asks for a percentage ranking out of all the students taught. Someone who has taught a number of large lectures could have several thousand students over the years, making 1% of that total not a strong endorsement. I found that when I tried to enter .5 in the percentage box it was rejected because "only numerical figures" are allowed!
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comment Graduate program applications that require questionnaires and other non-letter material
@paulgarrett: Point out to them that programs like UIC and Wisconsin don't make letter writers do any of that stuff, so it's not exactly intrinsic in the nature of graduate admissions that such things must be asked.
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comment Graduate program applications that require questionnaires and other non-letter material
@fedja: I don't see the point, for instance, of asking for mailing addresses of letter writers. How is any part of a university administration going to make worthwhile use of such information? It's tempting to list a mailing address as Cloud Cuckoo Land or Prostokvashino.
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comment Graduate program applications that require questionnaires and other non-letter material
Minnesota also has a spot where letter writers are asked to fill in their URL. I filled it in with something along the lines of "Are you serious? Use Google."
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comment Graduate program applications that require questionnaires and other non-letter material
@JoeSilverman: I mean both. Schools that screen quickly probably use GRE subject test scores rather than responses to "rank at a% out of b students in c years." I suggest at the end of my question to have a separate MO list of school not asking for such stuff.
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comment Graduate program applications that require questionnaires and other non-letter material
@user74230: I agree. I know some people who fill in those lines with "See attached form." No graduate program is going to send any letter writer a letter in the mail, so the collection of such information seems utterly pointless. Programs should stop asking for that kind of stuff as well.
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