Skip to Main Content

AMS Sectional Meeting Registration, Housing Etc. Information

Program · Deadlines · Inquiries:

Spring Western Sectional Meeting

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA May 4-5, 2024 (Saturday-Sunday)
Meeting #1195

Associate Secretary: Michelle Manes, AMS, AMS

Registration is Open.    REGISTER HERE

Submit an Abstract -- Deadline: March 12, 2023

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\$21         Students and Unemployed Mathematicians
US\$30         AMS Emeritus Members
US\$95         Regular AMS and CMS (Canadian Mathematical Society) Members
US\$192       Non-members


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 May 3, 2024. 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.

The registration desk will be open on Saturday, May 4, from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, May 5, from 7:30 am to noon, location to be determined. This meeting is cashless. The same fees listed above apply for registration during the meeting and are payable by check or credit card (online only). Please note that the only way to register for this meeting is online, before or during the meeting. If you register by April 30, you may pick up your pre-printed badge at the desk. After this date, please show your receipt at the registration desk, and there will be materials available for you to make a badge.

AMS Membership: Connect with your colleagues through AMS meetings and membership! AMS members contribute to the growth and vitality of the mathematical sciences. Your membership supports community-wide resources such as AMS conferences, advocacy, networking opportunities and professional development programs.

  • Not a member yet? Become a member today and save on your 2024 Spring Sectional registration!
  • Join or renew* at a discounted rate! Introductory membership applies to the first two consecutive years of membership in any category other than Nominee, Student and Graduate Student, or Affiliate.
  • New in 2023! You can renew as an Introductory member if you haven't paid dues or received a nominee membership in five (5) or more consecutive calendar years!

Well-Being Protocols

Due to the ending of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Declaration, as of May 11, 2023, COVID-related protocols are no longer in place for this meeting.

  • Participants, including staff and volunteers, are no longer requested to be vaccinated or tested.
  • Wearing a mask is optional and will be based on individual comfort levels. Extra masks will be available at the registration desk, while quantities last.
  • If anyone was exposed to COVID-19 within 72 hours of coming to the meeting, they should wear a mask throughout the meeting.
  • If anyone tested positive for COVID-19 within 72 hours before coming to the meeting, they should not come to the meeting.
  • If anyone tests positive for COVID-19 during the meeting, they should leave the meeting immediately or isolate in their room from others for the remainder of the meeting.

The AMS will remain committed to the well-being of all participants at the AMS sectional meetings and will continue to share any updates.

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 March 12, 2024.  Apply here.  Final decisions on recipients will be made on or before April 9, 2024.

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 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.

For assistance, come to the Registration Desk. To speak to an ombudsperson directly or for assistance when the desk is closed, call (401) 455-4040.

The AMS strives to ensure that participants in the meeting enjoy a welcoming environment. See the Welcoming Environment policy above. A mechanism for reporting violations confidentially and anonymously is included in this policy.

Code of Conduct

Disruptions: The American Mathematical Society (AMS) is committed to upholding the professional and educational purposes of its meetings and conferences. We affirm the right of registered attendees of AMS meetings and conferences to participate fully in all scheduled program activities and we aim to provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone present. Any expressions of dissent must not inhibit conference activities, disrupt the full participation of registered attendees, nor pose a threat to the personal safety of others. If the AMS and meeting organizers determine that any event or action is disruptive or prohibited, they may remove those involved in the event or action from the meeting, revoke the registration of individuals involved, or take further appropriate actions, if deemed necessary.

Broadcasting, Photographing, and Videotaping Policy

The recording or broadcasting of any AMS or joint-sponsored event, talk, and session by any other party is strictly forbidden without the explicit written permission of the AMS Executive Director or AMS Director of Meetings and Conferences. To obtain permission, send your request by email to Meetings to the attention of the AMS Director of Meetings and Conferences. Having submitted a request form does not constitute temporary authority, and approval will not be given orally. Please allow sufficient time for the approval process to be completed. Allow at least two weeks from time of receipt of request by AMS.

Photographs and videos of meeting interactions will be taken by professional photographers and videographers hired or arranged by AMS. These photographs and videos may occasionally be used for publicity purposes. By participating in the Sectional Meetings, participants acknowledge that their photograph or a video that includes them may be published in material produced by the AMS. AMS shall not responsible for unauthorized photographs, videos, or other images not taken by professional photographers hired or arranged by the AMS.

Under no circumstances will anyone be permitted to take pictures or videos of a single person without that person’s permission.

Travel Grants

Applications for any one of the Spring sectional meetings will be accepted and considered as a group. This program accepts applications from current full-time doctoral students at North American institutions. Sectional travel grants will only be awarded once. More information can be found here.

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 the meeting specialist.

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.


For inquiries: AMS Meetings Department