23rd Boise Extravaganza in Set Theory, June 15-16, 2016

BOISE EXTRAVAGANZA IN SET THEORY (BEST) – ANNOUNCEMENT 1.
Conference Website: http://diamond.boisestate.edu/~best/
DATE: June 15 – 16, 2016
WHERE: University of San Diego

The 23-rd annual meeting of BEST will be hosted at the University of San Diego as a symposium of the 97th annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science – Pacific Division (AAAS-PD). Contributed and invited talks at BEST will be held on Wednesday and Thursday.
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In addition to the invited speakers, the conference program has several speaking slots for shorter talks. We strongly encourage students, post docs and pre-tenure tenure track faculty to present at BEST. NSF supported funding to assist a limited number of student speakers, post-doc speakers and pre-tenure tenure track faculty speakers is available. For details on applying to the BEST program committee for these, please visit the conference website at the URL provided above. In addition, the AAAS-PD provides up to $150 in travel funding for students. Please see the BEST conference website for more details on these also. There are a number of deadlines associated with applications for a travel grant.

Currently confirmed plenary speakers for BEST 2015 are:

Dr. Erin Carmody, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Dr. Natasha Dobrinen, University of Denver
Dr. Simon Thomas, Rutgers University
Dr. Martin Zeman, University of California – Irvine

Special features of BEST 2016 include:

In addition to the BEST symposium there are several other symposia and workshops of interest offered at the AAAS-PD annual meeting. On Thursday, June 16, the AAAS-PD hosts a banquet at which awards of excellence are given to student speakers selected by a panel of judges.

Student, post-doc and pre-tenure tenure track speakers are strongly encouraged to apply to BEST for an NSF-funded travel award. The travel expenses (airfare and lodging) of awarded speakers will be reimbursed up to the maximum amount of the award, and registration fees of awardees will be reimbursed.

STUDENT SPEAKERS:
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BEST seeks to promote student participation in the conference via short (20 minute) presentations. To this end there are eight (8) NSF funded BEST travel awards available for students. To apply for one of these awards, please follow the instructions given at the BEST website.

In addition to the BEST travel awards, up to 20 travel awards of up to $150 each are also available from the AAAS-PD to help students (including students participating in BEST) defray travel expenses to participate in the AAAS-PD annual meeting. Winners of these AAAS-PD travel awards will be announced at the AAAS-PD student award banquet. Student participants will be guests at this banquet.

POST-DOC and PRE-TENURE TENURE TRACK SPEAKERS:
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BEST also seeks to be a forum for early career set theoretic scholars. In particular there are NSF funded BEST travel awards available for post-docs, and for pre-tenure tenure track faculty. To apply for one of these awards, please follow the instructions given at the BEST website.\

CONTRIBUTED TALKS:
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The BEST schedule will also have a number of slots for 25 minute contributed talks. Anyone wishing to speak at BEST 2016 should submit an abstract as soon as possible (preferably prior to April 05) 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 2016.

Important deadlines:

DEADLINE 1: REGISTRATION: Please consult http://diamond.boisestate.edu/~best/ for registration costs and deadlines. Registration fees depend on date of registration. We kindly request that Ph.D. mathematicians planning to participate in BEST 2016 consider acting as judges for the student presentations. The registration form has a place where willingness to act\’a0 as a judge can be indicated.

There are also a number of excursions available that can be indicated on the registration form. Also consider attending the awards banquet in support of our student speakers – meal choices are available on the registration form.

DEADLINE 2: ABSTRACTS: Atlas Conferences, Inc. is providing abstract services for BEST 2016. Abstracts submitted by April 5 will appear in the proceedings of the annual conference of the AAAS-PD. The url for the abstract submission is available at the BEST 2016 website.

DEADLINE 3: TRAVEL GRANTS: Presenting students, post-docs or pre-tenure tenure track faculty, please complete the application process to BEST by May 15. See the BEST 2016 website for details. Students, the deadline for the AAAS-PD student travel grants is May 1, 5:00 p.m. Pacific time.

Organized by Liljana Babinkostova, Sam Coskey and Marion Scheepers.

For any questions, please contact an organizer or e-mail best@math.boisestate.edu

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