GCC2018 + BOSC 2018: The Bioinformatics Community Conference
June 25-30, Portland, Oregon, United States
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about GCCBOSC 2018


Who can stay in conference housing in Reed College residence halls?

Conference attendees 18 years or older, and their guests. See requirements for guests.

Can I stay in the Reed College residence halls (dorms) on Saturday night, June 23rd?

No, unfortunately the dorms are only available starting Sunday, June 24th. Please click here for other options off campus.

Checking in after hours?

If you are you picking up your key packet outside of the registration desk hours, your key packet will be available at Reed's Community Safety Office. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week: 5436 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97202. 503/517-5355

Can I have mail/a package delivered to me at Reed?

Yes, mail services is on the lower level of the Gray Campus Center (below commons) and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday. USPS and FedEx shipping options are available. Incoming mail will not be delivered to dorms. Your dorm host will gladly notify your conference organizer when a package arrives for you. If you are receiving mail at Reed, please use the following address:


GCCBOSC conference

Reed College

3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.

Portland OR 97202-8199

Are there off-campus housing options?



For international visitors requiring a visa to enter the United States, we strongly recommend

  1. You start the visa application process immediately.
  2. You avoid non-refundable purchases including flights, accommodation and registration until after obtaining your visa.

How do I request a Visa letter?

Send your request to vasilevs [at] ohsu.edu and include your

  • full (given/legal) name (as it appears in your passport),
  • institution/company name and address,
  • date of birth (YYYY/MM/DD),
  • passport number, and
  • country of issuance,
  • registration confirmation number
  • title of your abstract submission

In addition, a letter verifying your student status or employment status may be required to obtain a visa to enter the US. Please see this template for an example.

Note, the GCCBOSC 2018 organizers are not experts on US immigration and cannot offer any advice.


If you need a US based contact name (address and phone number), please contact Nicole Vasilevsky at: vasilevs@ohsu.edu

For your address while in the US, the address of Reed College is: 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd Portland, OR 97202


Full refunds are available up to 30 days before the conference starts on June 25.

Children at GCCBOSC 2018?

A: Absolutely.

See the childcare page for details.

Sales Tax?

There is no sales tax in Oregon. There is no tax on the registration fee.

Other questions?

The Reed Summer Conference Handbook answers many questions about the venue.

If you still have questions, please contact the organizers.