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.
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
for your name
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
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
your registration type (professional, graduate student, retiree or
the hotel you are staying in or if you are a local commuter
your payment information
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.
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
- 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
. 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
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
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
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 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.
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.