AMS Sectional Meeting Registration/Housing/Etc. Information

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San Francisco State University
Photograph courtesy of San Francisco State University

Fall Western Sectional Meeting

San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
October 27-28, 2018 (Saturday - Sunday)
Meeting #1144

Associate secretary: Michel L. Lapidus, AMS lapidus@math.ucr.edu, lapidus@mathserv.ucr.edu

Advance Registration Opens August 1

Accommodations

Participants should make their own arrangements directly with the hotel of their choice. Special discounted rates were negotiated with the hotels listed below. Rates quoted do not include the California state hotel tax (12.7%), local taxes and hotel fees may apply. Participants must state that they are with the American Mathematical Society’s (AMS) Fall Western Sectional Meeting to receive the discounted rate. The AMS is not responsible for rate changes or for the quality of the accommodations. Hotels have varying cancellation and early checkout penalties; be sure to ask for details.

AC Hotel San Francisco Airport/Oyster Point Waterfront, 1333 Veterans Blvd., South San Francisco, CA 94080; (650) 742-9211. Rates are US\$229 per night for a standard guest room. Amenities include AC Lounge, Wi-Fi everywhere, complimentary parking, 24-hour fitness center access and AC Kitchen with European-inspired breakfast. This property is located about 12 miles from campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 26, 2018.

DoubleTree by Hilton San Francisco Airport, 835 Airport Blvd., Burlingame, CA 94010; (650) 344-5500. Rates are US\$199 per night for single or double occupancy in a non-smoking king or non-smoking guest room with two double beds. Discounted parking of US\$10 per day is available for room block overnight guests. The parking rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. Amenities include complimentary internet in the guest rooms, complimentary shuttle to and from SFO airport, complimentary trolley to downtown Burlingame (based on schedule), refrigerator in each room and warm chocolate chip cookie at check-in. This property is located about 14 miles from campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at a reduced rate is by October 5, 2018.

Hampton by Hilton San Francisco Downtown, 942 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103; (415) 546-3110. Rates are US\$269 per night for a standard guest room. Amenities include complimentary hot breakfast offered daily, fitness center, 24-hour Suite Shop and complimentary Wi-Fi in all guest rooms. This property is located about 10 miles from the campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Valet parking is available for an overnight fee of US\$53 plus tax per vehicle per night. The parking rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. Cancellations on or after September 26, 2018 will incur a cancellation fee of one night room and tax. No modification can be made to the reservation after the cancellation date. A reduction in length of stay will incur a penalty of one night room and tax. The deadline for reservations at a reduced rate is August 26, 2018.

Harbor Court Hotel, 165 Steuart St., San Francisco, CA 94105; (415) 882-1300. Rates are US\$209 per night for single or double occupancy guest room. Amenities includes complimentary Wi-Fi, hosted evening wine hour, morning coffee and tea. This property is located approximately 10 miles from campus. The following hotel charges are separate and distinct from, and in addition to, the room rate and taxes. Hotel charges include porterage charges in the amount of US\$6.50 per bag, round trip; special room delivery service in the amount of US\$6.40 per delivery; overnight parking for guests is US\$60 per day, plus taxes, with in and out privileges; US\$10 amenity fee per person per day. The parking rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. A night of room and tax will be assessed for departure before the confirmed departure date. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 11, 2018.

Hotel Focus SFO, 111 Mitchell Ave., South San Francisco, CA 94080; (650) 877-0770. Rates are US\$189 per night for a standard guest room. Amenities include complimentary continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free airport shuttle and IMediaCast panels and charging stations in each guest room. This property is located about 10 miles from campus. Guest parking is US\$12 per night plus tax per vehicle per night. The parking rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Individual reservations require a first night’s room and tax deposit via calid major credit card. All reservations are subject to a 72 hour cancellation policy. If an individual reservation is cancelled within 72 hours of arrival it will be subject to a loss of deposit. Individual guaranteed reservations that “no show” will forfeit their first night’s room and tax deposit and the reserved room will be released back for general sale. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 20, 2018.

Hyatt House Emeryville/San Francisco Bay Area, 5800 Shellmound St., Emeryville, CA 94608; (510) 601-5880. Rate is US\$229 per night for a standard guest room. Additional charges of US\$10 per person will apply for triple or quadruple occupancy. Amenities include suites with a fully fitted kitchen, living room area and separate bedroom with either one king bed or two queen beds. On-site parking is US\$15 per day per vehicle. The parking rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. Amenities include free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, fitness center, pool, and hot tub. This property is located about 18 miles from campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. Individual cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to arrival. Any cancellations within 24 hours of arrival or no-shows will be subject to a charge of one night room and tax to the individual guest. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 26, 2018.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, 1333 Old Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010; (650) 347-1234. Rates are US\$159 per night for a guest room with single or double occupancy. Amenities include 24-hour complimentary shuttle service to the airport, Hertz rental car service desk on-site, free trolley to downtown Burlingame, fitness center, outdoor pool and whirlpool. This property is located about 13 miles from campus. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 28, 2018.

Marriott San Mateo San Francisco Airport, 1770 S Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo, CA 94402; (650) 653-6000. Rates are US\$199 for a standard guest room. Amenities include on-site breakfast and room service, fitness center, complimentary airport transportation and complimentary guest room Wi-Fi for those in the AMS room block. This property is located about 23 miles from campus. Self-parking is available at discounted rate for those in the room block at US\$12 per day. The parking rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. A cancellation less than 48 hours prior to arrival will result in a charge equal to one night room and tax. Early departures and no-shows will result in the same consequence. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 26, 2018.

Marriott Oakland City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607; (510) 451-4000. Rates are US\$146 for a deluxe guest room. Amenities include on-site Iron & Oak bar and restaurant, fitness center and outdoor pool. This property is located about 20 miles from campus. Self-parking is available for overnight guests at US\$35 per day with no in and out privileges. The parking rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 19, 2018.

Marriott San Francisco Airport Waterfront, 11800 Bayshore Hwy., Burlingame, CA 94010; (650) 692-9100. Rates are US\$199 for a standard guest room. Amenities include complimentary shuttle service to and from a BART subway station and San Francisco International Airport. This property is located about 14 miles from campus. Self-parking is available for overnight guests at US\$26 per day. The parking rate is subject to change and the parking fee in effect during the dates of your stay will be charged. Cancellation and early check-out policies vary and penalties exist at this property; be sure to check when you make your reservation. The deadline for reservations at this rate is September 28, 2018.

The AMS is not holding room blocks at the following properties. These properties are located near the university and are listed for your convenience. The AMS is not responsible for rate charges or for the quality of the accommodations.

Alpine Inn & Suites, 560 Carter St., Daly City, CA 94014; (415) 334-6969. This property is located about 5 miles from campus. Please contact the property or visit their website for room rates and availability.

Mirage Inn and Suites, 2600 Sloat Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94116; (415) 665-9000. This property is located about 2 miles from campus. Please contact the property or visit their website for room rates and availability.

Ocean Park Motel, 2690 46th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94116; (415) 566-7020; www.oceanparkmotel.com. This property is located about 2 miles from campus. Please contact the property or visit their website for room rates and availability.

Seal Rock Inn, 545 Point Lobos Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121; (415) 752-8000. This property is located about 5 miles from campus. Please contact the property or visit their website for room rates and availability.

Rodeway Inn and Suites, 1234 Great Hwy., San Francisco, CA 94122; (415) 731-6644. The hotel is located approximately 4 miles from campus. Please contact the property or visit their website for room rates and availability.

Mission Inn, 5630 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94112; (415) 584-5020. This hotel is located about 2 miles from campus. Please contact the property or visit their website for room rates and availability.

Hotel Spero, 405 Taylor St., San Francisco, CA 94102; (415) 885-2500. This property is steps from Union Square and is located about 10 miles from campus. Please contact the property or visit their website for room rates and availability.

Housing Warning:

Please beware of aggressive housing bureaus that target potential attendees of a meeting. T hey are sometimes called “room poachers” or “room-block pirates” and these companies generally position themselves as a meeting’s housing bureau, convincing attendees to unknowingly book outside the official room block. 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. And 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.

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 through AMS Sectional Meetings pages. The AMS cannot be responsible for any damages incurred as a result of hotel bookings made with unofficial housing bureaus.

Food Services

On Campus: The San Francisco State campus has many dining options to suit your mood and budget. You can order a variety of sandwiches, enjoy a wide selection of ethnic cuisines—Mexican, Italian, Chinese, and more—or sip a cappuccino from one of the food vendors at the Cesar Chavez Student Center. For a full list of food vendors please visit https://ucorp.sfsu.edu/food-vendors.

Cafe Rosso, 1600 Holloway Ave. (plaza behind Burk Hall); (415) 405-0923; open Saturday 8:00 am to 3:00 pm; serves fun and creative dishes with a Mediterranean flair.

Clean Bites, Mashouf Wellness Center; (415) 404-9756; open 11:00 am to 10:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday; serves nutritious and energy-boosting juices, smoothies, beverages, bowls and wraps.

iNoodles, Cesar Chavez Student Center, Recreation & Dining Level; (415) 338-6338; open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday; specializes in traditional Asian-style noodles and rice plates.

Peet’s Coffee & Tea, first floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library; open 9:00 am to 9:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday; serving hand-crafted beverages, premium salads, bagels and sandwiches.

Quickly, Cesar Chavez Student Center, West Plaza; (415) 338-6484; open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; serving Boba teas and snacks.

Station Cafe, 19th Ave. (in front of HSS Bldg); (415) 405-0463; open 8:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday; serving on-the-go sandwiches, salads, snacks, coffee and espresso.

Subway, Village at Centennial Square; (415) 405-3499; open 8:00 am to 3:00 am on Saturday and 9:00 am to midnight on Sunday; providing fast, healthy food, including made-to-order sandwiches.

Village Market & Pizza, Village at Centennial Square; (415) 405-2292; open 10:00 am to 3:00 am on Saturday; specialty pizzas, signature sandwiches and pasta; offering groceries, sundries, and a full espresso bar.

Off Campus: The San Francisco dining scene is one of the best in the country. From hearty comfort food to Michelin-starred fine dining, there are restaurants for every palate. Please go to the San Francisco Travel site for a complete restaurant guide at www.sftravel.com/explore/dining.

Some options for coffee include:

Spressa Coffee Bar, 51 Cambon Dr.; (415) 239-1520; open 7:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturday and Sunday; serving coffee and pastries.

Starbucks, 3251 20th Ave. (Stonestown Galleria); (415) 665-4956; Seattle-based coffeehouse chain known for its signature roasts, light bites and Wi-Fi availability.

Some options for dining include:

Hall of Flame Burger, 73 Cambon Dr.; (415) 584-4444; open Saturday and Sunday for lunch and dinner; offers premium burgers, sandwiches and salads.

Taqueria Dos Charros, 55 Cambon Dr.; (415) 334-6075; open Saturday and Sunday until 10:00 pm; specializing in a combination of international foods.

Papa John’s, 69 Cambon Dr.; (415) 586-7272; open until 11:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday; take-out and delivery chain offering specialty pizzas, wings, bread sticks and desserts.

Olive Garden, 3251 20th Ave. (Stonestown Galleria); (415) 661-6770; open until 10:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday; lively, family-friendly chain featuring Italian standards such as pastas and salads, with a full bar.

Sorabol Korean BBQ, 3251 20th Ave. (Stonestown Galleria); (415) 753-5959; counter-serve chain dishing up Korean BBQ, plus Asian noodle dishes and soups.

Original Joe’s Westlake, 11 Glenwood Ave., Daly City; (650) 755-7400; open until 10:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday; neighborhood fixture serving traditional, old-school Italian entrees in spacious environs.

Registration and Meeting Information

Advance Registration: Advance registration for this meeting opens on August 1, 2018. Advance registration fees will be US\$63 for AMS members, US\$95 for nonmembers, and US\$10 for students, unemployed mathematicians, and emeritus members. Participants may cancel registrations made in advance by emailing mmsb@ams.org. The deadline to cancel is the first day of the meeting.

On-site Information and Registration: The registration desk, AMS book exhibit, and coffee service will be located in Thornton Hall, Room 404. The Invited Address lectures, Special Sessions and Contributed Paper Sessions will take place in the nearby classrooms. Please look for additional information about specific session room locations on the web and in the printed program. For further information on building locations, a campus map is available at https://www.sfsu.edu/~sfsumap/graphics/sfsu_map_color.pdf.

The registration desk will be open on Saturday, October 27, 7:30 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday, October 28, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. The same fees listed above apply for on-site registration and are payable with cash, check or credit card.

Other Activities

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! AMS and MAA members receive 40% off list price. Nonmembers receive a 25% discount. Not a member? Ask a representative about the benefits of AMS membership.

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 Activities: Stop by the AMS Membership Exhibit to learn about the benefits of AMS Membership. Members receive free shipping on purchases all year long and additional discounts on books purchased at meetings, subscriptions to Notices and Bulletin, discounted registration for world-class meetings and conferences, and more!

Complimentary Refreshments will be served courtesy in part by the AMS Membership Department.

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, unless it is not practicable, to choose venues that are fully accessible to the physically handicapped.

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:

- Registering early for the meeting

- Checking the appropriate box on the registration form, and

- Sending an email request to the AMS Meetings Department at mmsb@ams.org or meet@ams.org.

AMS Policy on a Welcoming Environment

The AMS strives to ensure that participants in its activities 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 AMS activities and mission.

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 attendees at 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 all its meetings, and has put in place a mechanism for reporting violations. Violations may be reported confidentially and anonymously to 855-282-5703 or at www.mathsociety.ethicspoint.com. The reporting mechanism ensures the respect of privacy while alerting the AMS to the situation. Violations may also be brought to the attention of the coordinator for the meeting (who is usually at the meeting registration desk), and that person can provide advice about how to proceed.

For AMS policy statements concerning discrimination and harassment, see the AMS Anti-Harassment Policy.

Questions about this welcoming environment policy should be directed to the AMS Secretary.

Local Information and Maps

This meeting will take place on the San Francisco State University campus. A campus map can be found at https://www.sfsu.edu/~sfsumap/graphics/sfsu_map_color.pdf. Information about the San Francisco State University Mathematics Department can be found at math.sfsu.edu. Please visit the university website at https://www.sfsu.edu for additional information on the campus.

Please watch this website for updated information on this meeting.

Parking

SF State provides parking for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The cost to park at different facilities and parking locations for each type of user is located at https://parking.sfsu.edu/sfsu-parking/campus-parking. See the parking map for the locations of each of these lots available at https://parking.sfsu.edu/sites/default/files/maps/614_color_map_PARKING_0.pdf. A valid daily or semester permit is required at ALL times in every lot. After 5:00 pm and on weekends, all lots are open to the public.

The gymnasium parking structure, Lot 6, is the closest to the meeting registration area. On weekends the structure is open to the public. Parking fees are US\$5 for two hours or US\$8 for a day of parking. Daily parking permits expire at midnight. Please note that exact change is required; machines do not give change. Pay stations will accept \$1, \$5 and \$10 bills as well as credit/debit cards and the SF State OneCard. If credit/debit card is used there is a 2.75% credit card fee.

For parking information please contact the parking office at (415) 338-1441 or email parking@sfsu.edu.

Travel

This meeting will take place on the main campus of San Francisco State University located in San Francisco, California.

By Air:

San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is an international airport 13 miles south of downtown San Francisco. SFO airport is only 12 miles from the campus. Road closures currently affect traffic to SFO airport. Attendees are advised to allow extra travel time. The San Bruno Canal Bridge at South Airport Boulevard is currently closed and the new bridge is expected to open by the end of 2018. Please visit the airport website for a list of airlines and lists of cities with daily direct flights; https://www.flysfo.com.

There are several options available for transportation to and from the airport.

App-Based Ride Services provide prearranged transportation between SFO and passenger-specified locations. Passengers arrange service online, typically using a smartphone app. Drivers use their personal, non-commercial vehicles to transport passengers. App-Based Ride Services pick up and drop off passengers at the terminal curbs on the Departures/Ticketing Level of all terminals. Fare and travel times ranges vary. Customers should contact the company for details.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) operates rapid rail service to northern San Mateo County, San Francisco and the East Bay directly from SFO. The SFO BART Station is located on the Departures/Ticketing Level of the International Terminal (Boarding Area G side). BART is easily accessed from any terminal by riding SFO’s AirTrain to the Garage G/BART Station stop. There is no charge to board AirTrain. Tickets can be purchased at the SFO BART Station upon arrival. BART provides a connection to Caltrain at the Millbrae station, but before 9:05pm on weekdays, passengers must change BART trains at BART’s San Bruno station.

Travelers are advised to purchase BART train vouchers in advance. Vouchers can only be redeemed at the SFO Information Booth located in the International Terminal G-side, near the AirTrain escalator, during the hours of 8:00 am to midnight daily. The BART fare range is US\$8.40 to US\$8.95. For more information visit www.bart.gov.

SamTrans Public Bus Service provides 24-hour bus service connecting SFO with San Mateo County and parts of San Francisco. Routes KX, 292, 397, 398 and 399 stop directly at the Airport terminals. Routes 140, 292, 397 and 399 stop at the Rental Car Center and the United Airlines Maintenance Center. Routes 292, 397 and 399 stop on North McDonnell Road at the Airport Business Center and West Field Road. SamTrans buses stop at Terminal 2 Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level, Terminal 3 Arrivals/Baggage Claim Level and International Terminal Level 1. The SamTrans fares range is US\$2 to US\$5. For more information on schedules and maps please visit www.samtrans.com.

San Francisco International Airport’s Rental Car Center allows travelers to pick up and drop off rental cars at one convenient, central location. To access the Rental Car Center from the airport terminals, take the AirTrain Blue Line. AirTrain, SFO’s fully automated people mover system, operates 24 hours every day and provides frequent service throughout SFO. AirTrain stations are located in all terminals, terminal parking garages, the Rental Car Center and SFO’s BART station.

By Bus: A Greyhound station is located at 200 Folsom St. in San Francisco, about 11 mile from campus. For tickets and travel information visit their website at www.greyhound.com/default.aspx.

By Car:

From the North: Take Highway 101 South, cross the Golden Gate Bridge. Take 19th Avenue/Highway 1 exit. Follow 19th Avenue to the main campus at Holloway Avenue.

From the South: Take I-280 North, exit at 19th Avenue. Take Junipero Serra Boulevard to Holloway Avenue, turn left on Holloway Avenue to campus at 19th Avenue.

From the East: Take I-80 West across the Bay Bridge to Highway 101 South. Take 101 South to I-280 toward Daly City. Take the San Jose Avenue/Mission St. exit (immediately after the Ocean Avenue exit), bearing right onto Sagamore Street to Brotherhood Way to Junipero Serra Boulevard North. Take Junipero Serra Boulevard to Holloway Avenue, turn left on Holloway Avenue to campus at 19th Avenue.

Car Rental: Hertz is the official car rental company for the meeting. To make a reservation accessing our special meeting rates online at www.hertz.com, click on the box “Enter a discount or promo code”, and type in our convention number (CV): CV#04N30008. You can also call Hertz directly at 800-654-2240 (US and Canada) or 1-405-749-4434 (other countries). At the time of reservation, the meeting rates will be automatically compared to other Hertz rates and you will be quoted the best comparable rate available.

For directions to campus, inquire at your rental car counter.

Local Transportation

Walking, biking and personal cars are recommended to get around campus and San Francisco.

By Bus: The campus is served by the Muni 28 bus line. The cost per trip is US$2.25 if paid in cash. For more information and a map of bus routes go to https://parking.sfsu.edu/transit/muni.

Biking: SF State encourages biking as a commute option. SF State was named a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly University by the League of American Bicyclists in 2016. For the safety of all members of the community, the core of campus is designated as a pedestrian only zone. Please see the Bike Parking Map for designated on-campus bike routes. Riding your bike in prohibited areas may result in a citation.

Other options: Other local transportation options include Uber and Lyft. Zipcars are available on campus, located in the Lot 20 garage on the street level accessed by State Drive and at University Park North, on Winston Drive. For more information go to zipcar.com/sfsu.

Weather

The weather in San Francisco, California during the month of October is great for touring and other activities. In the afternoons throughout the month, the temperature typically stays mild around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Although the mornings and evenings will normally be foggy and chilly, the afternoons have plenty of sunshine. As always in San Francisco, it can be windy near the coastline. Attendees are advised to wear layered clothing. The weather can be unpredictable so umbrellas are also recommended.

Social Networking

Attendees and speakers are encouraged to tweet about the meeting using the hashtag #AMSmtg.

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 US found at travel.state.gov/content/travel/en.html. If you need a preliminary conference invitation in order to secure a visa, please send your request to cro@ams.org.

If you discover you do need a visa, the National Academies website (see above) 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; and
  • 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 websites above for the most up-to-date information.

Inquiries

For inquries: meet@ams.org


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