Need preprints or publications for graduate admissions?
Posted: Thu Nov 11, 2021 4:29 pm
Hello! I am a senior applying for PhD programs in mathematics for Fall 2022. One interesting thing about my application is, even though I have a few reasonably top REUs, I so far have no preprints or publications. However, I have a few really strong papers on the way expected to be ready sometime next year. Is there a big disadvantage to have no preprints, but strong ones on the way versus actual preprints? I do not want admissions to think no preprints is a sign I cannot produce research. Keep in mind, I am applying to top programs. Also, can I just explain in my personal statement that they are on the way? Is that believable enough?