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 2009 Summer School | Travel & Visa | Lodging | Contact | Registration | Program

Summer School in Statistics for Astronomers V

June 1-6, 2009


Air travel:
US Airways Express, Northwest Airlink, and United Express serve the University Park Airport (State College PA, airport code SCE) located six miles from the summer school site. Connections can be made through Washington-Dulles (IAD), Philadelphia (PHL), and Detroit (DTW). Taxi and shared limousine services are available at the State College/University Park Airport.  Car rental is available at the airport but is not needed.  Airport shuttle is available for participants staying at Days Inn Penn State (prior to or upon arrival to the University Park Airport, call the hotel at 814-238-8454 or 800-258-3297 to schedule courtesy airport pick-up). Alternatively, taxis are often located outside of baggage claim, curbside. Below is a list of recommended taxi companies:

    Nittany Express Inc: 814-867-4647
    Handy Delivery Taxi: 814-353-6000
    AA Taxi Inc: 814-231-8294

Ground travel:
Route I-99 connects State College with I-80 and I-70.  The campus is within driving distance of many major cities, including Harrisburg (1.5 hours, 90 miles); Pittsburgh (3 hours, 137 miles); Philadelphia (3.5 hours, 194 miles); Baltimore (3.5 hours, 155 miles); Washington, D.C. (4 hours, 190 miles); and New York City (5 hours, 250 miles). Maps and directions are available hereGreyhound bus service is available from major cities to State College, Pennsylvania.

Visa information:
International participants arriving from outside the United States with passports from 35 countries in the Visa Waiver Program who have machine-readable passports may be able to travel without a visa. Participants from other countries will need a B-1 (business) visa or B-2 (tourist) visa.

Note: Obtaining U.S. visas may require a visit to a U.S. consulate or embassy, payment of a fee, and significant wait time. Please contact the local U.S. consulate or embassy for the up to date information.

Letter of invitation:
Individuals requiring an official letter of invitation in order to attend the summer school may write to John Farris at This may be needed to obtain a visa or permission to attend the meeting, and is unrelated to any assistance with costs. Please include your name, professional title, business address, phone number, e-mail address, and fax number. The letter will be provided by fax. Note: a letter of invitation is provided only after the individual has completed registration for the summer school.

NSFDepartment of StatisticsEberly College of ScienceDepartment of Astronomy and Astrophysics