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2015 Summer Research Institute on Algebraic Geometry
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, July 13-31, 2015

Participant Information


Residence Hall Information Desk: 801-587-0458 (open 6:00 a.m. to midnight; duty person for responding to emergencies from midnight - 6:00 a.m.)
Peterson Heritage Center (PHC)
151 Connor Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Interactive Campus Map 

University Guest House & Conference Center
110 South Fort Douglas Blvd.
Salt Lake City, UT 84113-5036
Hotel reservations: 801-587-1000

Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building (SFEBB) 
University of Utah
1655 East Campus Center Drive
Salt Lake City, UT  84112
(used for afternoon sessions)

Please note that on-campus accommodations (University Guest House and Residence Halls) are SOLD OUT.

Institute Conference Office: located in the Ensign Boardroom (University Guest House), 801-587-1027. The office hours currently are: Sunday: 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; and Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. - noon and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Hours are subject to change based on program needs. Participants will be able to pick up their registration materials at the Institute Conference Office.

Email Addresses and Websites

Phone Numbers: (when calling from a campus line, dial only the last 5 digits of the phone number)

  • Institute Conference Office (7/13 - 8/31): 801-587-1027 (local or campus calls only)
  • AMS Headquarters Office: (800) 321-4267, Ext: 4137 or 4144
  • Summer Conference Guest Services Desk: (801) 587-0458
  • University Guest House: (801) 587-1000
  • Peterson Heritage Center: (801) 587-0458
  • Campus Information: (801) 581-7200
  • Campus Police / Public Safety: (801) 585-COPS
  • Other Emergency: 911

Meeting Facilities

University Guest House: meeting rooms will be equipped with a projector, a projector support package (screen, AV cart, cables), sound and a mic. Each lecture room will have a projector, screen and white board built in. All rooms will be air-conditioned.

If you are planning to bring or rent any computer equipment during the conference, please be advised that there is no secure place to store such equipment. Neither the AMS nor the University is responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property belonging to the conference participants or guests.

Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building (SFEBB): Dropdown screens, projectors, and computers access.  There are 2USB ports in each classroom, VGA and HDMI cables. There is a lav microphone in each room.  Speakers can plug in their laptop zip drives directly into the projector system.  They also have on site AV techs  to contact for immediate assistance.

Transportation and Parking

Convenient transportation is available throughout Salt Lake City area. The PHC summer conference desk can provide more information about transportation options.

By Auto:  Salt Lake City International Airport is a 20-minute drive to the University and is served by most major carriers. Follow the signs for I-80 East out of the airport. Take Exit 122 onto 600 South. Continue West on 600 South for approximately 1.9 miles. Turn left onto S 700 East for .3 miles. Turn right onto UT-186E/E400 S/E University Blvd. (Continue to follow UT-186 E) Turn left onto Mario Capecchi Drive. Turn right onto S 1900 East for approximately 82 feet. Turn right onto Fort Douglas Blvd and the destination will be on the right. The University of Utah, 12-50 Fort Douglas Blvd., Salt Lake City, UT 84113, USA.

UTA TRAX: UTA TRAX is Salt Lake Valley’s light rail system. It has three main lines – the Red, Green and Blue Line. University Guest House is situated adjacent to the Fort Douglas stop on the Red Line, near the end of the route. To reach the Guest House from downtown, board the Red Line at Court House. To reach the Guest House from the Airport, take the Green Line to Court House and transfer to the Red Line to University. The one way fare to and from the airport is US$2.50.

Shuttle Service and Taxi Service: Taxi and shuttle services are available at the Ground Transportation desk located at either terminal of the Salt Lake City airport. For reservations and rates for Express Shuttle, call (800) 397-0773. For reservations and rates for City Cab, call (801) 363-5550 or (801) 363-8400. For reservations and rates, call Yellow Cab at (801) 521-2100. Participants are responsible for making their own arrival and departure reservations.

Parking: Participants will have complimentary parking in Lot 63, which is closest to the conference and directly behind the Guest House.  The parking map for the University of Utah is here.  Lot 63 is marked in purple.   For more information about parking at the university of Utah, see

Videotaping and Taking Photographs

Some sessions of this conference will be videotaped and streamed to satellite locations and subsequently hosted online for the benefit of the mathematical community, under the auspices of the Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI).

By participating in the 2015 Summer Research Institute on Algebraic Geometry, participants acknowledge that their photograph or a video that includes them may be published in material produced by the AMS or CMI.  AMS and CMI are not responsible for unauthorized photographs or other images not taken by professional photographers or videographers hired by AMS or CMI.

General Campus Information

Accessibility: The University of Utah provides equal access to its facilities for all participants.

The University Guest House is ADA compliant. There are two elevators that guests with mobility challenges can use inside the Guest House. One is by the East Hotel lobby entrance, the other can be found in the West conference lobby entrance. The Officers Club does have an ADA restroom but it is on the lowest level floor in the Officers Club. It is up to code, but not the nicest or most convenient ADA restroom

The SFEBB is fully ADA compliant.

All of the shuttles on campus are ADA compliant. Anyone who needs to call Commuter Services for individual pick up must do so 24 hours in advance. Arrangements can be made by calling 801-581-4189.

For more information about the University of Utah’s ADA accessibility, please visit

ATM: There is an ATM available for use located in the PHC, situated between the front desk and mailroom window.  A fee may be associated by the vendor if it is not an affiliated bank.

Childcare: Please note that participants are responsible for arranging child care and family care on their own. The AMS does not make recommendations for child care providers. The following are listed for your convenience in finding a sitter, temporary nanny, or drop-in day care.  The zip codes closest to the University of Utah and downtown Salt Lake City are 84101, 84103, 84111, 84112, and 84116.

Internet: Both Ethernet and wireless internet are available in the residence halls.  An Ethernet port is available in every bedroom in the residence hall buildings.  Guests may access the internet via the Ethernet with an Ethernet cord and are responsible for bringing their own cords.  Ethernet cords are not provided. Wireless internet is available in most residence hall buildings, but cannot be guaranteed. Guests can access the wireless internet using “UGuest” with a valid e-mail address.  For any additional information regarding with internet, please call the Summer Conferences Guest Services Desk, located in the PHC at (801) 587-0458.

Recreation: Campus recreation facilities have numerous courts and equipment for use or rent at a small fee. For more information, please contact the facility directly at the following numbers:

Campus Recreation: (801) 581-3797

Outdoor Campus Recreation: (801) 581-8516    

Volleyball and basketball courts are located by the outdoor recreation building near Heritage Commons. These courts cannot be reserved and use is based on a first come, first served basis.

Student Life Center: A two-week workshop pass will be available at a cost of US$37.40. Participants will need to provide proof that they are attending the conference—a nametag will work for confirmation. These passes can be purchased at the front desk of the Student Life Center. Guests at the Guest House can also purchase 1-day passes for US$6 each at the Guest House Front Desk.

Smoking and Alcohol Use: Alcohol and illegal drugs are not allowed anywhere on the University of Utah campus.  According to Utah law, smoking is not allowed inside any building.  Smoking is only permitted 25 feet or more away from any part of a building.  There are also designated smoking areas on campus. Violation of these policies will result in fines, legal actions, and/or immediate eviction.

Television and Cable: Cable is available throughout the residence halls.  Televisions and coaxial cables are not available through Summer Conferences.  If a guest has a cable-ready television, they will only need to hook a coaxial cable to get cable.  To access, plug the coaxial cable into both the television and the wall jack. Note that televisions are not provided in rooms in the residence halls.

Visitors: Visitors are allowed in the residence halls. Guests are responsible for their visitors’ actions while at the University of Utah.  Visitors must be escorted at all times throughout their visit to the residence halls.  As a safety precaution, please do not allow other individuals into the residence hall building when entering.  DO NOT prop doors open to allow for visitor access.

On-Campus Accommodations

Please note that all on-campus accommodations are sold out.

Residence Halls

Checking In: Each participant is provided with a pillow, bed linen and a small towel at check-in. The bed linen packet includes two flat sheets and a light blanket. However, it is recommended that guests bring their own large towels, washcloths, and hairdryers. The check-in desk is located in the Peterson Heritage Center (PHC), desk just inside the door.  

Meal Plan: A meal plan breakfast, lunch and dinner is included with your residence hall reservation. The meal plan is not available on your travel day and not on Saturday and Sunday. Participants who purchased meal plans will receive meal wrist bands.

Laundry facilities: Laundry facilities are located in every residence hall building. Laundry is free on every floor. It is recommended that participants bring their own laundry detergent. However, there is a small convenience store inside the Heritage Center that has a limited stock of sundries for purchase.

Locked out procedures: If a guest is locked out of their room between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m., he or she should go to the Summer Conferences Guest Services Desk.  An employee will issue a one-hour lock out key and/or swipe card to access to the room.  This room key or swipe card should be returned within the hour.  A lock change will be issued if the key/swipe card is not returned. The Summer Conference Guest Services Desk should be called at (801) 597-0458 for further questions.

If a participant is locked out between the hours of 12:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m., he or she should call (801) 587-0458 or go to the University Guest House front desk for assistance. Staff should be allowed thirty minutes after initial notification to arrive.   

If a key is permanently lost, a charge of US$100 will be assessed for the lock change.  If a swipe card is lost, a charge of US$10 will be assessed for the card replacement.

Housing Changes/Cancellations: All changes and cancellations for reservations must be done through the MMSB.

Housing Cancellation Refund Policy for Residence Halls: A full refund will be issued for any reservation cancelled up to three weeks before the first day of each week. This breaks down as follows for the duration of stays listed.

University Guest House

Meal Plan: Breakfast on the following day is included. Participants were required to purchase a meal plan for each day of their stay. The meal plan for one day includes lunch and dinner on the following day. No meal plan is included on Saturday and Sunday. Participants will receive a meal wrist band when they check in. Note that guests of the Guest House will eat breakfast in the dining area located in the Guest House.

Housing Changes/Cancellations: All changes and cancellations for reservations must be done through the MMSB.

Housing Cancellation Refund Policy: A full refund will be issued for any reservation cancelled up to 48 hours before the check-in date. A refund less the cost of one night of the package rate will be issued for any reservation cancelled less than 48 hours before and up to the check-in date. No refunds can be issued for reservations cancelled on or after the check-in dates or for any no-shows during the conference.

How to Pick Up your Meal Wrist Band

Off-Campus Residents (Not Staying on Campus)

Participants who are staying off campus and purchased a meal plan during registration can pick up their bands at the Summer Conference Guest Service Desk in the Peterson Heritage Center, 151 Connor Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.  Use the west entrance doors, first door on the left hand side is the Conference Guest Service Desk.  They are open between 6:00 a.m. and midnight.

Campus Residents (Staying in Residence Halls or Guest House)

Residence Hall and Guest House guests can pick up their bands at the Summer Conference Guest Service Desk (located on the 1st floor) in the Peterson Heritage Center, 151 Connor Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.   Use the west entrance doors, first door on the left hand side is the Conference Guest Service Desk.  They are open between 6:00 a.m. and midnight.

Dining Information

Heritage Center Dining

Hours of Operation:

Breakfast - 6:30 a.m. –9:00 a.m.
Lunch – 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Dinner - 4:30 p.m. –8:00 p.m.

Participants can purchase individual meals on-site on a cash or credit card basis. Meals can only be purchased at the PHC.

Breakfast - US$6.99 plus tax
Lunch – US$8.39 plus tax
Dinner - US$9.49 plus tax

Non-Resident Meal Plan

Meal Wrist Bands: Participants who are staying off campus and purchased a meal plan during registration can pick up their bands at the Summer Conference Guest Service Desk in the Peterson Heritage Center, 151 Connor Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84112.  Use the west entrance doors, first door on the left-hand side is the Conference Guest Service Desk.  They are open between 6:00 a.m. and midnight.

Non-Resident Meal Plan Changes/Cancellations: All changes and cancellations to non-resident meal plans must be made through the MMSB.

Non-Resident Meal Plan Cancellation Refund Policy: A full refund will be issued for any meal plan cancelled 48 hours before the first day the meal plan starts. A refund less the cost of one full day of a meal plan will be issued for a meal plan cancelled 48 hours before it starts and up the day it starts. No refunds will be issued for meal plans cancelled on or after the first day that they start or for any no-shows during the conference.

Reimbursement Information

Participants who have been informed that they will receive some support for their travel/subsistence should note the following documents.  Please contact Robin Hagan Aguiar for information about NSF Expense Vouchers and Tommaso de Fernex regarding NSA Expense Vouchers.  Plenary speakers funded by the Clay Mathematics Institute should contact Naomi Kraker.   For general inquiries, contact Robin Hagan Aguiar.

  • Open Skies and Fly America Information
    Please take note of this information if you have travel support from the NSF and NSA Grants.

  • NSF Travel Voucher (coming soon) - Note that for travel by air, airline tickets must be purchased at least two (2) weeks in advance. If your trip includes additional destinition(s) you must submit a sample itinerary, representing what the fare would have been without the extra destination(s), with your actual itinerary/receipt. Be sure both itineraries show the class of economy fare or submit your boarding passes. For travel by auto, reimbursement will be based on the mileage indicated by Google maps from your home or institution to the meeting site and back at the rate of US$0.575 per mile, up to but not exceeding the cost of an economy class round-trip airfare (you must submit a sample air itinerary even if driving).

  • NSA Travel Voucher.  If you are being supported by NSA, a travel voucher should have been emailed to you.  If you have not received it, please contact Robin Hagan Aguiar.

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