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MPSA Response to Executive Order on International Travel
On Friday, January 27, 2017, a White House Executive
Order was issued that severely limited entry into the United States for
citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen. MPSA, along with a
wide range of other academic associations, has co-signed a letter from the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) that asks for the
President of the United States to rescind this Executive Order. Additionally,
MPSA has outlined a series of actions in support of affected scholars, including
allowing presenters who are citizens of one of the seven countries reference to
present virtually, waiving or refunding conference fees for these scholars,
organizing a set of Late Breaking Sessions exploring the impact of this type of
Executive Order, and hosting a reception to welcome scholars who travel from
outside the United States to attend the conference. Read more.
Do I have to be a member to submit a proposal or present at the MPSA conference?
No, the conference is open to everyone, though registration fees are lower for members.
Why can’t I participate in more than three sessions at the conference?
Individuals may participate in up to three roles: presenting papers on no more than two panels, JSS or poster sessions (only one of these may be single author) and in one chair or discussant role. If three or more of your paper proposals are accepted, you must choose which two you will agree to present. Individuals not presenting may still serve as a chair or discussant for up to two sessions. Roundtables and Author Meets Critics do not count toward participation limits.
Does MPSA offer job placement at the conference?
Since there are traditionally very few positions open in the spring, we decided to forgo the traditional placement area at the MPSA conference. Instead, we have begun to post open positions to our website and in our monthly newsletter as they are submitted. Have an open position? Please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have been invited to speak on a panel, and I am not a member of MPSA. Do I have to register for the conference?
Everyone who attends the conference must register. There are no exceptions. The Conference Fee Waiver Scholarship is available on a first-come, first-served basis for international scholars from developing countries and individuals who are not political scientists, if they have not attended the conference before.
Why is the conference registration fee higher if I do not stay in a conference hotel?
When the MPSA negotiates a contract with a conference hotel, the association receives free meeting space in exchange for a guarantee that it will use a specific number of sleeping rooms. If attendees do not use the required number of sleeping rooms, the MPSA must pay the cost for these unused rooms, which could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. In addition, the more sleeping rooms that conference attendees use, the more attractive the MPSA conference becomes to a hotel, and the MPSA can negotiate even lower room rates.
Are meals included in my conference registration?
No, neither meals nor accommodations are included with your conference registration fee. Your name badge grants you access to panels and poster sessions, the exhibit hall and select receptions.
If I have already registered for the conference but decide not to attend, can I get a refund?
Like APSA and many other associations, the MPSA has a "no refund" policy.
How can I access a receipt for my conference registration?
Conference attendees can print registration
receipts from the website. Just log in at
and click the "My Account" button at the top of the screen, then
click the "Manage My Account" link. Scroll down to the "Recent
Orders" section to see all recent transactions. Each transaction can be
printed from this page by clicking on the "View" button. A .pdf of
your receipt will open in a new window which will permit you to download or print
- Why are hotel rooms more expensive at the MPSA conference than they are at the APSA conference?
Hotel room rates are determined by the law of supply and demand. The APSA conference is held over a holiday weekend (Labor Day). As a result, the APSA can negotiate lower room rates with hotels, because hotels have low occupancy and few, if any, business travelers at that time. The MPSA seeks national bids for its conferences and considers other locations throughout North America. The association returns to the Palmer House based upon the right mix of quality and price.
- Does the MPSA check to see if a person has registered in a non-conference hotel?
The MPSA counts on you to be honest when you select a registration rate and pay to attend the conference. We have restructured our registration system this year so we can confirm that people who register at the lower in-hotel rate are really staying in the Palmer House or an official conference overflow hotel. If a person registers for the conference at the lower in-hotel rate but is not a registered guest in an official conference hotel, he or she will be billed for the difference between the in-hotel and out-of-hotel rates. Be aware that if you are not officially registered as a guest in the hotel, you are not staying in that hotel. If you are sharing a room with another person, be sure that you register at the hotel check-in desk when you arrive at the hotel.
- What happens if the Palmer House sells out of rooms?
As the MPSA conference has grown over the past several years, rooms at the Palmer House have sold out. When this has happened, the MPSA has negotiated additional blocks of rooms at other hotels. We will continue to try to negotiate additional room blocks once the Palmer House sells out: however, ultimately it is your responsibility to make your reservations in a timely manner.
- Does MPSA provide childcare for attendees with children?
The preferred childcare services recommended by the Palmer House Hilton are American Child Care and American Registry. Childcare can be provided in your hotel room. The rates and form of payment vary between services. Please visit our childcare page for more information. For additional recommendations, please call the Palmer House concierge desk at (312) 917-3477.
If your question about the conference isn't answered above, please email MPSA conference staff at email@example.com.