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MSRI's academic sponsors provide an interface between MSRI and the mathematical community. The Academic Sponsors participate in MSRI governance and take part (at MSRI's expense) in a general meeting with the other sponsors and trustees each year for this purpose. MSRI helps support visits by members to sponsoring institutions. Sponsors are offered some financial backing of conferences at sponsoring institutions. Perhaps most important: An Academic Sponsor can send up to 3* graduate students to MSRI Summer Graduate Schools each year at MSRI's expense.

In addition to the original academic sponsorship ("Full-level") two more levels ("Mid-level" and "Entry-level") were introduced to broaden the community of sponsoring institutions and to allow small and medium sized institutions to participate in MSRI's activities and governance. Eligibility to a certain level depends on the size of the institution's graduate program and it affects the number of students that can be sent to the MSRI summer schools:

Academic Sponsors are encouraged to invite MSRI members to visit and give a colloquium or seminar talk at the Sponsors’ institutions. MSRI provides partial support for the member’s visit (at present, up to $250). ### Access to Streaming Video Archive In October 1997, MSRI made public its streaming-video archive. As of Spring 2001, there were over 2,000 lectures available, making this the largest mathematical video archive in the world. Lecture notes or transparencies are available separately, making it possible to follow the lectures in detail and the user can pause or skip backwards or forwards. Users can download the lectures to form a local library of selected lectures for convenient viewing, for example with a class or seminar. Our goal is to implement practical methods of Internet communication in order to make the mathematical activities of MSRI nationally and internationally available, and to help our sponsors, other mathematics departments and national centers profit from our experience to do the same. Each week, new streaming-video lectures are made available from this library and from current events at the Institute. Further information about the MSRI streaming-video archive is available at MSRI's web site. ### Additional Benefits • From time to time, MSRI holds events that are of general interest to the mathematical community. Academic Sponsors are invited to send representatives, funded by MSRI. • MSRI will provide partial travel funding (up to a maximum of$750) for postdoc or ladder faculty members of Academic Sponsor Institutions to attend workshops at the Banff International Research Station (BIRS).  Funding is limited to US Citizens or Permanent Residents who are recommended by the organizer of the workshop.  Please contact the MSRI Program Manager for further restrictions.
• Academic Sponsors receive free subscriptions to the MSRI Book Series.