20th Boise Extravaganza in Set Theory, June 16-19, 2013

The 20th BEST conference will be held on the  campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas during June 16 – 19, 2013.
The conference is organized as a symposium of the 94th Annual Meeting of the AAAS Pacific Division.
The mission of BEST 2013 is to provide a forum for interactions between set theory and related areas of mathematics and between mathematics and natural sciences, to integrate student and postdoc dissemination of research into its scientific program, and provide an opportunity for interaction between the leaders in the field and set theorists early in their careers.
All mathematicians in set theory and related areas, as well as graduate and undergraduate students, are invited to present their research results at the meeting. The participation by women and other underrepresented groups is strongly encouraged.

The 20-th meeting of BEST is organized by Liljana Babinkostova, Andres Caicedo, Sam Coskey and Marion Scheepers.

Contributed and invited talks will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

BEST PLENARY SPEAKERS:

The four invited plenary speakers are:

Todd Eisworth (Ohio University)
Masaru Kada (Osaka Prefecture University, Japan)
Thilo Weinert (University of Bonn, Germany)
Lynne Yengulalp (University of Dayton)

In addition to these four plenary talks, the program has ten reserved speaking slots for students, four reserved slots for post-docs and 2 reserved slots for pre-tenure tenure track faculty.

POTENTIAL TRAVEL AWARDS:

We have applied for funding from the NSF to assist with travel costs for speakers for these reserved speaking slots. The grant proposal has been recommended for funding, but the final award decision has not yet been made. We strongly recommend that speakers from the categories of student speaker, psot-doc speaker or pre-tenure tenure track speaker, interested in presenting at BEST 20, apply as soon as possible to the BEST selection committee for potential travel assistance to participate in BEST 20. Application requirements for these funds are as follows:

Student speakers:
1. Prior to April 16, 2013 submit an abstract for the proposed 14 minute presentation at the abstract submission site.
2. Prior to May 15, 2013 submit a resume including current affiliation, advisor name and stage of study, and a separate statement of goals.
3. Prior to May 15, 2013 have the advisor separately submit a recommendation letter, outlining the benefit of participation in the conference via presentation to the student.
Please note that student speakers are eligible for a AAAS-PD award of excellence for their presentation at BEST 20. Winners of these awards will be announced at the AAAS-PD banquet on June 18, 2013. Student participants will be guests at this banquet.

Post-Doc speakers:
1. Prior to April 16, 2013 submit an abstract for a proposed 25 minute presentation at the abstract submission site.
2. Prior to May 15, 2013 submit a resume including current affiliation, post-doc mentor name, and a list of publications, and a separate statement of goals.

Pre-tenure tenure track faculty:
1. Prior to April 16, 2013 submit an abstract for a proposed 25 minute presentation at the abstract submission site.
2. Prior to May 15, 2013 submit a resume including current affiliation, years towards tenure, a current list of publications, and a separate statement of goals.

Please note that the AAAS-PD also offers up to 20 travel awards of up to $150 to students to help defray travel expenses to participate in the AAAS-PD annual meeting: This includes BEST.

CONTRIBUTED TALKS:

In addition to these speakers there will also be a number of slots for contributed talks. Anyone wishing to speak at BEST 20 should submit an abstract as soon as possible (preferably prior to April 16) at the abstract submission site. It is strongly recommended to also contact one of the organizers as soon as possible to indicate interest/intention in presenting a talk at BEST 20.

Important deadlines:

DEADLINE 1: REGISTRATION:  Early registration ends May 31. After that only on-site registration will be possible. Registration fees are dependent on date of registration. We kindly request that tenure track mathematicians planning to participate in BEST 20 consider acting as judges for the student presentations. The registration form has a place where willingness to act as a judge can be indicated. There are also a number of excursions available that can be indicated on the registration form. Also please consider attending the award banquet – meal choices are available on the registration form.

DEADLINE 2: ABSTRACTS: Atlas Conferences, Inc. is providing abstract services for BEST 20. Abstracts submitted by the deadline will appear in the proceedings of the annual conference of the AAAS-PD. The deadline for submitting an abstract is APRIL 16.

LODGING: Las Vegas offers many lodging options. Please see the conference website for lodging suggestions by the AAAS-PD.

 

 

Money
Students are encouraged to apply for a travel grant, and to give a talk or a poster. The AAAS has $300 travel awards available for students.
Assuming it is confirmed, BEST will have additional awards up to 700USD for students, as well as several 700USD awards for postdocs/faculty. The travel application is not yet up at the web site yet, but interested folks should contact either Sam Coskey or best@diamond.boisestate.edu.

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