AMS Sectional Meeting Registration, Housing Etc. Information

Program · Deadlines · Inquiries: meet@ams.org

Fall Southeastern Sectional Meeting

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN, October 15-16, 2022 (Saturday-Sunday)
Meeting #1181

Associate Secretary: Brian Boe, AMS brian@math.uga.edu

Registration is Open.    REGISTER HERE

Submit an Abstract -- Deadline: August 23, 2022

Accommodations

Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel of their choice. Special discounted rates were negotiated with the hotels listed below. Quoted rates are exclusive of applicable state and local taxes, currently 17.25%, and other hotel fees may apply. Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society's (AMS) Southeast Sectional Meeting to receive the discounted rate. The AMS is not responsible for any rate changes or for the quality of any of the accommodations. Hotels have different cancellation and early checkout penalties, so please ask for details.

The Chattanoogan Hotel, 1201 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402; (423) 756-3400. Rate is US\$199 for a room with a king bed or two double beds. This property is approximately 1.6 miles from the Engineering, Math & Computer Science Building on campus. Please ask about cancellation and early check-out policies when you make your reservations. Guests can reserve a room by calling the hotel directly at (423) 756-3400 and mentioning the American Mathematical Society or by clicking on this link here. Overnight parking is available for US\$12.00 self and US\$20.00 valet. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 14, 2022.

Hilton Garden Inn Chattanooga Downtown, 311 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402, (423) 308-9000. Rate is US\$189 per night for a room with a king bed or two queen beds. This property is approximately 1.4 miles from the Engineering, Math & Computer Science Building on campus. Please ask about cancellation and early check-out policies when you make your reservations. Guests can reserve a room by calling the hotel directly at (423) 308-9000 and mentioning the American Mathematical Society or by clicking on this link here. Self or Valet Parking is US\$18.00 per night. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 14, 2022.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Chattanooga/Downtown, 400 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402, (423) 693-0500. Rate is US\$189 for a room with one king bed or a room with two queen beds. This property is approximately 1.3 miles from the Engineering, Math & Computer Science Building on campus. Please ask about cancellation and early check-out policies when you make your reservations. Guests can reserve a room by calling the hotel directly at (423) 693-0500 and mentioning the American Mathematical Society or by clicking on this link here. Self-Parking is available for US\$10.00 per night. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 14, 2022.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Chattanooga Downtown, 440 West MLK Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402, (423) 664-4321. Rate is US\$189 for a room with two queen beds. This property is approximately 1.7 miles from the Engineering, Math & Computer Science Building on campus. Please ask about cancellation and early check-out policies when you make your reservations. Guests can reserve a room by calling the hotel directly at (423) 664-4321 and mentioning the American Mathematical Society or by clicking on this link here. Self-Parking is available on site for US\$8.00 per night. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 14, 2022.

Housing Warning

Housing Warning: Please beware of aggressive housing bureaus that target potential participants of a meeting. They are sometimes called "room poachers" or "room-block pirates" and these companies generally position themselves as a meeting's housing bureau, convincing participants to unknowingly book outside the official room blocks. They call people who they think will more likely than not attend a meeting and lure them with room rates that are significantly less than the published group rate---for a limited time only. People who find this offer tempting may hand over their credit card data, believing they have scored a great rate and their housing is a done deal. Unfortunately, this often turns out to be the start of a long, costly nightmare.

Note that some of these room poachers create fake websites on which they represent themselves as the organizers of the meeting and include links to book rooms, etc. The only official website for this meeting is ams.org and one that has the official AMS logo.

These housing bureaus are not affiliated with the American Mathematical Society or any of its meetings, in any way. The AMS would never call anyone to solicit reservations for a meeting. The only way to book a room at a rate negotiated for an AMS Sectional Meeting is via a listing on these pages or in the Notices of the AMS. The AMS cannot be responsible for any damages incurred as a result of hotel bookings made with unofficial housing bureaus.

Food Services

There are local restaurants nearby to the meeting that offer a variety of dining options:

Some options for coffee service include:

Registration and Meeting Information

Registration is Open.    REGISTER HERE

In an effort to spread the cost of the sectional meetings more equitably among all who attend and hence help keep registration fees low, you must be registered for a sectional meeting in order to submit an abstract for that meeting. You will be prompted to register on the Abstracts Submission Page.

Registration Fees (no difference for registration during the meeting):

US\$20         Students and Unemployed Mathematicians
US\$27         AMS Emeritus Members
US\$92         Regular AMS and CMS (Canadian Mathematical Society) Members
US\$165       Non-members

REGISTER HERE  Join the AMS

Registration fees help support a wide range of activities associated with planning, organizing, and conducting these meetings.

In the event that your abstract is not accepted or you have to cancel your participation in the program due to unforeseen circumstances, your registration fee will be reimbursed.

Register online and follow these steps:

  1. After clicking on "Register," you will be asked to enter your email address, and then log in to your account, or create a web account if you do not already have one. This only requires a username (email address), password, name, and address. If you already have a web account with us, please log in with your username (email address) and password. Please make sure that the email address that you are using is current, as we will send any pertinent updates to this email.
  2. Once you create and/or login to the account, continue on to register for the meeting. The same username and password may be used to register for all future sectional meetings.

Registering someone else: If you are planning to register someone else, verify that that person has an AMS web account. If they do not have a web account, please have them go to Register for a web account, or email AMS Customer Service to create one. You do not have to be a member to have an AMS web account. It is also possible that an AMS member does not have a web account, if they have never shopped at our bookstore, or registered online for a meeting. Ask for the email address associated with their web account, and use this to register them. When you click on the registration form, choose "Register Someone Else." Please first login with your personal AMS web account. If you do not have one, please create one. Enter the email address associated with your account, and then your password. If will ask you if you want to register someone else, or yourself. Click "someone else," and enter the email address belonging to the person’s web account. Click on the green box that says "Check." Choose the person, and continue the registration.

We hope that you will find this system easy to use. Once your information is in our system, you will not have to enter your information for any future sectional meetings, unless it has changed, thus making your registration faster and easier. For any questions or concerns about this process, please contact the Mathematics Meetings Service Bureau.

Cancellations: Participants may cancel registrations made in advance by emailing the Mathematics Meetings Service Bureau. 100% refunds will be issued for any advance registrations cancelled by the end of the day (11:59 EDT) on October 14, 2022. After this date, no refunds will be issued for this meeting. However, if the AMS cancels this meeting or converts it to a virtual meeting with different fees, 100% refunds will be issued to every registered participant.

Room Locations On-site: The Registration Desk and the AMS Book Exhibit will be located in the lobby outside of Benwood Auditorium in the Engineering, Math & Computer Science Building at 735 Vine Street (listed as EMCS on campus maps). Invited Addresses will be held in Benwood Auditorium in the Engineering, Math & Computer Science Building. Special Sessions and Contributed Paper Sessions will be held in classrooms in the Engineering, Math & Computer Science Building, Holt Hall, and Lupton Hall. A campus map can be viewed here.

Registration Desk: The registration desk will be open on Saturday, October 15, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, October 16, 7:30 am to 12:00 pm. The registration desk will be located in the lobby outside Benwood Auditorium in the Engineering, Math & Computer Science Building (listed as EMCS on campus maps). Please note that only online registration will be available during the meeting. If you register by October 12, you may pick up your pre-printed name badge at the desk. After this date, please show your receipt at the registration desk, and there will be materials to make a name badge.

AMS Membership Special Offer

Connect with your colleagues through AMS meetings and membership! If you haven’t been an AMS member in five years or more, your purchase of a 2022 Fall AMS Sectional meeting at the nonmember registration rate will include a year of introductory membership. Details to opt-in to this offer will be emailed to qualifying registrants after completing the Sectional meeting registration. Take advantage of your AMS membership access!

Submit An Abstract

Deadline: August 23, 2022

Other Activities On-Site

A BEGIN Career Development and Job Search Workshop will take place at this meeting. It will be held 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 14, 2022. Registration for this meeting is not required to attend this workshop. Please visit this page for more information. For questions, email BIGCareers@ams.org.

Book Sales: Stop by the on-site AMS bookstore to review the newest publications and take advantage of exhibit discounts and free shipping on all on-site orders! Conference attendees will receive 40% off list price on a selection of our latest titles. AMS Members receive additional discounts on subscriptions to Notices and Bulletin, discounted registration for world-class meetings and conferences, and more!

AMS Editorial Activity: An acquisitions editor from the AMS book program will be present to speak with prospective authors. If you have a book project that you wish to discuss with the AMS, please stop by the book exhibit.

Membership News: AMS members contribute to the growth and vitality of the mathematical sciences. Your membership supports community-wide resources such as AMS conferences, networking opportunities and professional development programs. New! AMS membership is now more accessible to a wider audience. More information about the updates can be found here.

Reception: The University of Tennessee Chattanooga will host a reception on Saturday, October 15, following the Special Sessions. Exact time and location will be announced.

Well-Being Protocols

Please note that the AMS will practice health and safety protocols that reflect our commitment to the well-being of all participants in this meeting. Everyone attending the meeting in person (including staff and volunteers) must be fully vaccinated or be willing to attest to a negative PCR COVID-19 test* within 72 hours of their arrival date. Everyone will be asked to complete a brief form when they check in for their badge to attest to their current wellness. Everyone is asked to wear a mask while attending sessions, except while actively eating or drinking.

PCR COVID-19 tests must be taken within 72 hours of your arrival to the meeting and you must be ready to show proof, if asked.

Child Care Grants

The AMS will provide a limited number of reimbursement grants of US\$125 per family to help with the cost of child care for registered participants at the meeting. The funds may be used for any form of child care that frees a parent to participate more fully in the meeting. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, one per family, and one per season (i.e. Spring or Fall), the latter depending on the amount of grants available. Registration for the meeting as well as membership in the AMS is required to apply for this program.

Information about applying for child care grants is here. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until August 23, 2022. Apply here. Final decisions on recipients will be made on or before September 13, 2022.

Special Needs

It is the goal of the AMS to ensure that its conferences are accessible to all, regardless of disability. The AMS will strive to make all as accessible as possible.

If special needs accommodations are necessary in order for you to participate in an AMS Sectional Meeting, please communicate your needs in advance to the AMS Meetings Department by:

AMS Policy on a Welcoming Environment

The AMS strives to ensure that participants in the Sectional Meetings enjoy a welcoming environment. In all its activities, the AMS seeks to foster an atmosphere that encourages the free expression and exchange of ideas. The AMS supports equality of opportunity and treatment for all participants, regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious belief, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disabilities, or veteran status.

Harassment is a form of misconduct that undermines the integrity of the AMS, and its activities and missions.

The AMS will make every effort to maintain an environment that is free of harassment, even though it does not control the behavior of third parties. A commitment to a welcoming environment is expected of all participants of AMS activities, including mathematicians, students, guests, staff, contractors and exhibitors, and participants in scientific sessions and social events. To this end, the AMS will include a statement concerning its expectations towards maintaining a welcoming environment in registration materials for the Sectional Meetings, and has put in place a mechanism for reporting violations. Violations may be reported confidentially and anonymously to 855-282-5703 or on the website. The reporting mechanism ensures the respect of privacy while alerting the AMS to the situation.

MathSafe

MathSafe is a program by and for the mathematical community to support safe and welcoming meetings. MathSafe volunteers will be available at the meeting to listen to and guide participants who experience harassing behavior. Follow this site for more details.

The AMS strives to ensure that participants in the meeting enjoy a welcoming environment. See the Welcoming Environment policy above.

Local Information and Maps

This meeting will take place on the campus of University of Tennessee Chattanooga located at 615 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37403. A campus map can be found here. Information about the University of Tennessee Chattanooga’s Mathematics Department can be found here. Please visit the university website for additional information on the campus.

Parking

Participants may park their cars on the UTC campus in parking lot #10 and parking lot #15 which are adjacent to the Engineering, Math & Computer Science Building, Holt Hall, and Lupton Hall. See the campus parking map here.

Travel

This meeting will take place on the campus of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

By Air: Chattanooga (CHA) Airport is about 6.5 miles east of the UTC campus. By car, it takes less than 20 minutes to get to UTC from Chattanooga Airport, however it can take longer during rush hours. Please visit the Chattanooga Airport web site for a list of airlines and cities with daily direct flights. Anyone traveling via air or train should purchase refundable tickets or get trip insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations.

There are several options available for transportation to and from the airport. Several area hotels and motels offer courtesy shuttle service for guests traveling to and from the Chattanooga Airport. It is recommended that guests make transportation arrangements with their hotel 72 hours in advance of traveling. Please inquire with your hotel in advance.

Ground Transportation: See ground transportation information here.

Other airports close to Chattanooga include Knoxville (TYS) Airport, 92 miles from campus; Nashville International (BNA) Airport, 108 miles from campus; and Atlanta International (ATL) Airport, 110 miles from campus.

Directions to Campus: For directions to campus, please enter 735 Vine Street, Chattanooga, TN 37403 into your GPS or web browser.

By Bus: Greyhound is the regional bus system located 1 mile from campus. The Chattanooga Greyhound Bus Station is located at 740 E 12th St, Chattanooga, TN 37403. Anyone traveling via air or train should purchase refundable tickets or get trip insurance to cover any unforeseen cancellations.

Travel Grants

The AMS, with funding from a private gift, will be accepting applications for partial travel support for doctoral students (at North American institutions) who plan to attend one of the Fall 2022 AMS Sectional Meetings.

Each grant, if awarded, will provide \$250 in partial support of attendance at one of the 2022 Fall Sectional Meetings.

It is the intention of the AMS to encourage each student's home institution to match the funds provided in support of the travel. Applications will be accepted only from doctoral students in mathematics. No person may receive a sectional meeting travel grant more than once.

More information can be found here. Apply for a grant.

Local Transportation

Walking, biking, public transportation, ride share, and personal cars are recommended to get around campus and Downtown Chattanooga.

By Bike: Chattanooga’s bike sharing system includes 42 stations and over 400 bikes. See more information here.

By Bus: CARTA’s Downtown Electric Shuttle provides local transportation services throughout Downtown Chattanooga. See maps and schedules here.

Other Options: Other local transportation options include Uber and Lyft.

Weather

The average high temperature in Chattanooga for October is in the low 70’s Fahrenheit and the average low is in the mid 50’s. Visitors should be prepared for warm to cool weather and check weather forecasts in advance of their arrival.

Social Networking

All participants are encouraged to use the hashtag #AMSmtg on all forms of social media.

Information for International Participants

Visa regulations are continually changing for travel to the United States. Visa applications may take from three to four months to process and require a personal interview, as well as specific personal information. International participants should view the important information about traveling to the U.S. found here. If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa, please send your request to epm@ams.org.

If you discover you do need a visa, the National Academies website provides these tips for successful visa applications:

  1. Visa applicants are expected to provide evidence that they are intending to return to their country of residence. Therefore, applicants should provide proof of “binding” or sufficient ties to their home country or permanent residence abroad. This may include documentation of the following: Family ties in home country or country of legal permanent residence, property ownership, bank accounts, or an employment contract or statement from employer stating that the position will continue when the employee returns.
  2. Visa applications are more likely to be successful if done in a visitor’s home country than in a third country.
  3. Applicants should present their entire trip itinerary, including travel to any countries other than the United States, at the time of their visa application.
  4. Include a letter of invitation from the meeting organizer or the US host, specifying the subject, location and dates of the activity, and how travel and local expenses will be covered.
  5. If travel plans will depend on early approval of the visa application, specify this at the time of the application.
  6. Provide proof of professional scientific and/or educational status (students should provide a university transcript).

This list is not to be considered complete. Please visit the website above for the most up-to-date information.

Inquiries

For inquries: AMS Meetings Department