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Admissions Competition and funding for graduate school in Mathematics

  1. Sep 5, 2016 #1
    In graduate school for physics, the competition in certain fields(for example High Energy Theory) is very intense. Does anyone know how the situation is in fields of mathematics. So, which areas of mathematics are the most difficult to get into for grad school ? I would be particularly interested to know how much funding there is for algebraic geometry or mathematical string theory and how difficult the competition for places could in these fields. Thank you
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2016
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  3. Sep 6, 2016 #2
    Is this question not appropriate here or should I word it differently ? Since I haven't gotten any responses I am thinking that the question is not suitable as it currently stands.
  4. Sep 6, 2016 #3


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    It's a perfectly reasonable question for this forum. Chances are no one with any specific experience in those subfields of mathematics has browsed it yet.

    I strongly suspect that the situation in mathematical string theory is very closely correlated with physics string theory, and competition is likely to be tough because there are a lot of people who would like to work on it, but not a lot of demand for new results in the area - at least not in a relative sense.
  5. Sep 7, 2016 #4

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    Translation: I gave you guys 19 hours! Where's my answer? Where's my lunch? Where's my dinner? Where's my hassenpfeffer!!

    Seriously, you might dial the patience up a notch (particularly over a holiday) and the entitlement down a notch. This will serve you well in grad school.
  6. Sep 7, 2016 #5
    I apologize if I am across as looking like I was being entitled.I was trying to make sure whether this question was appropriate or whether or not my wording of the question was problematic. This is my first post here, so I was not entirely sure whether my question was on the appropriate forum or not. I know it can take time to get answers. Again, I apologize if I came across as impatient and entitled.
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