Marion Scheepers

Marion Scheepers is a South African-born mathematician, lecturer and researcher in the Department of Mathematics of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho since 1988. He is particularly known for his work on selection principles and on infinite topological and set-theoretical games. He introduced themes that are common to many selection principles and is responsible for the Scheepers diagram.

Marion Scheepers
Born (1957-12-21) 21 December 1957
Thabazimbi, South Africa
Alma materUniversity of Kansas
Known forselection principles, infinite topological and set-theoretic games
Scientific career
Fieldsset theory
game theory
number theory
InstitutionsBoise State University
ThesisThe Meager-Nowhere Dense Game (1988)
Doctoral advisorFred Galvin
WebsiteWebpage at Boise State


Scheepers was born in December 1957, in Thabazimbi, South Africa. He completed his Ph.D.[1] thesis entitled The Meager-Nowhere Dense Game at the University of Kansas under the supervision of Fred Galvin. His research interests cover set theory and its relatives, game theory, cryptology, elementary number theory and algorithmic phenomena in biology.[2] He was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Boise State University (BSU) in 1988 and promoted to Associate Professor in 1993. He has been Professor in the Department of Mathematics at BSU since 1996.

In 2016 he was part of a group at BSU that started an interdisciplinary course called Transdisciplinary Research Methods.[3] In 2019 Scheepers was one of the coaches for BSU's elective Vertically Integrated Projects including Portable Secure Devices,[4] a team aiming to develop methods to mitigate cyber-threats against active implantable medical devices.

Presently, Scheepers is studying biological encryption mechanisms in certain single-cell organisms in collaboration with researchers from the University of Witten-Herdecke in Germany, and the BSU Department of Biological Sciences. For this study, he has received grant funding from the National Science Foundation.[5] The National Science Foundation has funded his research and curriculum activities on several occasions, including in 2005 for Crypto Systems in Ciliates

Recognition, awards, membership

Selected publications

  • "Set theory and its applications : annual Boise Extravaganza in Set Theory". Boise State University Albertsons Library. 14 August 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  • Samet, Nadav; Scheepers, Marion; Tsaban, Boaz (2009). "Partition relations for Hurewicz-type selection hypotheses". Topology and its Applications. Elsevier BV. 156 (3): 616–623. doi:10.1016/j.topol.2008.08.013. ISSN 0166-8641.


  1. Marion Scheepers at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. "Department of Mathematics". Set Theory and Logic at Boise State University. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  3. Tuck, Kathleen (15 September 2016). "New Course Transcends Disciplinary Boundaries". College of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  4. "Vertically Integrated Projects". VIP BSU. 20 March 2019. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  5. "Selected Works of Marion Scheepers". Boise State University. Archived from the original on 25 September 2018. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  6. "COAS Faculty over 25 Years of Service". College of Arts and Sciences. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
  7. Madrid, Cienna (13 June 2017). "Marion Scheepers". Boise State News. Retrieved 4 September 2019.
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