Support Requests

Every effort will be made to provide financial support to participants who have no alternative source of funding. Preference will be given to graduate students, recent PhDs, and underrepresented groups. Please notice that funds are limited. We encourage participants to seek inexpensive options regarding their travel and lodging expenses.

In order to request support, please register, and indicate that you are requesting funding. Support requests should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than February 15, 2017. You will be contacted by the organizers prior to the conference regarding your request.

In case you request for financial support if approved, please print and complete the support form, and return it — along with the required documentation listed below — to Rares Rasdeaconu by email or postal mail, no later than April 1, 2017.

Please be advised that according to U.S. immigration laws, individuals who enter the U.S. and wish to be reimbursed for travel-related expenses should enter on an F-1, B-1/B-2, WB/WT, or J-1 visa; however, certain limitations pertaining to reimbursements apply. We advise you to contact your local U.S. embassy or U.S. consulate to inquire which visa rules (pertaining to reimbursements) apply to your country.

Reimbursement checks will be mailed after the workshop is over. Due to the University requirements for processing these, it is not possible to provide any reimbursement checks during the workshop.



Rares Rasdeaconu

Department of Mathematics

Vanderbilt University

1326 Stevenson Center

Nashville, TN 37240



If you are a non-U.S. resident, you will be required to fill in Vanderbilt’s online Business Visitor Questionnaire (BVQ) before you can be reimbursed. In the field “Purpose of visit to Vanderbilt,” select “Visiting for Other Purpose” and enter “attending Shanks Workshop on Real Algebraic Geometry, March 2017” if you are not speaking at the workshop, or “speaking at the Shanks Workshop on Real Algebraic Geometry, March 2017” if you are a speaker.

For information regarding visa requirements, click here.

Reimbursement Procedures.

The following reimbursement procedures must be followed by those whose requests for support have been approved. Copies of the following must be provided:

1. All receipts for which you are requesting reimbursement. Note: you must use a U.S. flag carrier on at least one portion of your flight. Note: if you booked your flight using Expedia, log into your account and print a copy of the receipt showing the last four digits of your credit card. Print also a copy of the itinerary.

2. Forms W-9 (U.S. citizens and residents) or W-8BEN (non-U.S. residents).


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