Onsite MPSA Conference Details

Registration | Audiovisual Info | Mobile App | Accessibility | Session Details | Onsite Resources

Citation of MPSA Papers: By presenting a paper at the MSPA, the author(s) agree to provide a copy of the paper in advance to discussants and chairs of the panel as well as upload the paper to the MPSA website. By doing so, the author(s) grant the MPSA a limited license to publish the paper on the website.

Registration Check-In

The onsite registration area is located in the ExhibitionHall on the 4th floor of the Palmer House hotel (.pdf). While this room is officially called the Exhibition Hall by the hotel it is not the location of our vendor exhibits. Vendor exhibits are located in the State Ballroom. Registration will be during the following hours:  

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, April 6, 2017 7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday, April 7, 2017 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, April 8, 2017 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017 7:30 am – 11:40 am

Please remember to allow ample time to navigate the registration process. You will need your name badge to attend evening meetings, receptions, and conference events throughout the week!  


Those who have registered in advance, can go to the Pre-Registration Check-In and Badge Pickup kiosks in the 4th Floor Exhibition Hall to check-in and print their badges.

1.  Go to the kiosk
2.  Search for your name
3.  Check-in and print your badge

After you print your badge, move to the desk to your left and pick up your badge holder/lanyard, program book and ribbon (should you get one).

Onsite Registrants

Those who have NOT registered in advance, have two options. They can go to the Onsite-Registration and Badge Pickup kiosks or they can also go to the registration counters in the 4th Floor Exhibition Hall to purchase a registration and get their badges. If you want to purchase your registration via the self-registration kiosk:

1.         Go to the kiosk
2.         Select your registration type (professional, graduate student, retiree or undergraduate)
3.         Select the hotel you are staying in or if you are a local commuter
4.         Enter your payment information
5.         Print your badge

After you print your badge, move to the desk to your immediate right and pick up your badge holder/lanyard, program book and ribbon (should you get one).

If you wish to recycle your program, please drop it off at the conference registration counters located on the 4th floor. Receptacles will be available on the 4th and 7th floor for recycling of name badge holders.


We accept credit card, cash and check payments onsite. Credit card is the only payment accepted at the self-registration kiosks. If you’d like to pay by cash or check you should go to the registration counters; which accept all three payment types. View the onsite registration rates.

Audio Visual Information (A/V)

All meeting rooms have an LCD projector (Dell 3100 MP or 3300 MP) and a Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series laptop computer. Ballrooms do not. The Dell Inspiron 15 computers are operating with Windows 8. They are equipped with LibreOffice (a shareware version of MS Office), Adobe PDF Reader, Adobe Air, PowerPoint Reader, Media Player, Prezi and antivirus software. You should come to the session with your presentation saved on a USB flash or thumb drive. Please use an inexpensive, disposable drive that you can throw away after the presentation. Though antivirus software is loaded on the computer, there still exists the possibility your drive can get infected. Many people will be using the computers over the course of the conference and some viruses could be transmitted in spite of these precautions.

Presenters will NOT be able to use their own laptop computers. DO NOT DISCONNECT THE LAPTOP COMPUTER; this may cause the LCD projector to reset and you may need technical support to fix it. This will use up the limited time you have for your presentation. You may practice using the computers and LCD projectors at the MPSA A/V Green Room (see below).

  • To begin your presentation, insert your flash drive into the USB port on the Dell Inspiron 15;
  • Open the appropriate software (i.e., to show a PowerPoint presentation, use PowerPoint Reader);
  • Find your file and double click on it to open the file;
  • Keep the flash drive plugged in during your presentation;
  • When the presentation is completed, close all windows;
  • Click on the Safely Remove Hardware icon (flash drive with a green check mark) in the bottom right of the screen;
  • Wait until you are prompted to remove your flash drive, and then remove the flash drive.

If you have problems, call PSAV at (312) 917-3462. Let them know you are with the MPSA Conference, room you are in, the type of problem you are experiencing, and that you need an A/V engineer to assist you. For security reasons, the laptop computers and LCD projectors will be removed from all meeting rooms immediately upon conclusion of each day’s panels.

A presenters’ Green Room is located in Burnham 3 on the 7th floor . A/V equipment is set up so that you can test your presentation in advance. The room will be open Thursday through Saturday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Meeting Rooms will be open by 7:30 a.m. should you need to test your presentation before the start of the 8:00 am sessions.


Mobile App

IMPORTANT NOTE: The 2017 conference app is only available to pre-registered attendees. If you have colleagues planning on registering onsite, they will only receive access to the app after they have completed their registration.

Before arriving, download the app. It requires download and installation on your mobile device prior to using it. Advanced download will allow us to maintain strong Wi-Fi connectivity speeds on-site. We are asking all pre-registrants to download the app and login before arriving at the conference. If you have technical questions during download, please contact support@bravuratechnologies.com.

To download the app, search for "MPSA 2017" in the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store or iPhone and Android users can:

The email address you used to register for the conference is your username for the app.


Accessibility: Main Elevator Bank accesses Street, Lobby, Mezzanine Levels, and all guest room floors.

  • To access 5th floor meeting rooms, Exhibition Halls, Salons, and Spa:
  • From Street Level, please use the State Street Elevators on Street Level to location
  • From guest floors, please use the main elevator bank to 6th floor then cross over on the 6th floor to State Street elevators.
  • Locations providing wheelchair/ADA lift elevators:
  • Pool and Fitness Center on the 8th floor, there is a wheelchair lift inside to access both areas.
  • For the Empire Ballroom there is a wheelchair lift on the west side of Empire Ballroom near the Lockwood restrooms.
  • For the Honoré Ballroom there is a wheelchair lift on the north side of Honoré staircase. Lift may be accessed through automatic sliding door.
  • Potters’ upper bar may be accessed using automatic doors to the right of the Potters main entrance. The ramp leads to upper bar area.

Session Details

Session Times: Session times run 1 hour and 30 minutes and will be held Thursday 9:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:45 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 8:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:45 p.m.; and Sunday 8:00 a.m., 9:45 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.

JSS Sessions: All take place in the Monroe Ballroom on the 6th floor.

Lightning Talks: Take place in Price and Buckingham on the 5th floor; and Burnham 4 on the 7th floor.

Poster Sessions: Research posters will be displayed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in the exhibit hall located in the State Ballroom on the 4th floor. Poster sessions start at 9:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:45 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; and at 9:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:15 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. The posters are scheduled during the same timeslots as the panels. The authors will be present to answer questions and distribute copies of their research findings. Please browse the poster sessions throughout the day. To locate specific poster sessions, search the conference program by section number or participant name to find the poster number listed next to the presentation title. (Example: Post. 14 Political Science Presentation indicates that this session is poster number 14.) Poster display panels are arranged in numerical order around the perimeter of the ballroom. Authors may set up their poster display 15 minutes prior to the start of their session. All necessary posting materials will be supplied. Authors must remove all poster materials promptly at the conclusion of their session.

Onsite Resources

Coffee Stations: Complimentary coffee is available Thursday through Saturday in the exhibit hall located in the State Ballroom on the 4th floor from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and on Sunday on the 7th floor from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Quiet Room: Looking for a quiet place to be alone with your thoughts, but don’t have time to get back to your hotel room? MPSA is reserving the Congress on the 3rd floor of the Palmer House, as a quiet space for the duration of the conference to allow attendees to get away from the sounds, lights and energy of the annual conference activity. Please respect the purpose of this quiet space by planning personal meetings elsewhere.

Meeting Room Wireless Instructions:

  • Turn on your laptop or mobile device’s wireless connections to view available Wi-Fi networks.
  • Choose and connect to MPSA as your wireless network.
  • After connecting to MPSA launch your web browser which will redirect you to the splash page.
  • Type in the username: MPSA2017; password: MPSA2017.
  • Check the box “agree to terms”.
  • Lastly, click “log-in”.
  • From here you can begin browsing the Internet.

Charging Stations: We again have locking cell phone charging stations on the exhibit hall floor. Two charging stations are located in various locations in the exhibit hall. If you need to charge your cell phone simply open one of the available slots on the charging station, connect your phone to the charger and enter a numerical code to lock your slot. You create the numerical security code for your charging slot and therefore, it is unique to you. You must remember and enter that code when you are ready to retrieve your phone from the charging station. This set it and forget it process allows you to securely charge your device while you continue to conduct your conference activities and return when charging is complete. The charging stations accept various types of mobile devices so there’ll be a charging connection that fits your device. Use of the charging stations is free. We’d like to thank charging station sponsor Pearson North America for their support in making this technology available at this year’s conference.

Networking: The MPSA conference offers opportunities to connect with your colleagues through a variety of networking events. Some, like the mentoring receptions, require attendees to reserve a seat prior to the conference, while others like the Welcome Reception and Speed Networking Events are open to all participating attendees and require no advanced registration.