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Frequently Asked Questions - Conference

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You do not need to be a member of the MPSA to submit a proposal, but you must be logged into the MPSA website.  If you have previously registered for an account (eg conference attendee, past member), but cannot remember your username or password, please save time and confusion by clicking here to retrieve your existing username and password. If you do not have an account for the website, click here to register for an account on the site. 

·     Are you a co-author having trouble registering for the conference? Before you attempt to register, please take a moment to update your profile first! First, log in to the website using the username in your notification email (your password can be requested here), then click on your name in the upper right corner of the homepage when logged in and select Edit Profile. It is especially important to include your mailing address AND work address. Editing your profile on this page will also edit your profile information for the MPSA conference proposal submission process and in the MPSA Communities. 

·     How do I update my name/email/mailing address/affiliation/password/etc? First, log in to the website, then click on your name (in the upper right corner of the homepage when logged in), and select Edit Profile. Editing your profile on this page will also edit your profile information for the MPSA conference proposal submission process and in the MPSA Communities.

·     Important Note for our International Members and Site Visitors: Please be sure to complete your main profile information on the main MPSA website following the instructions above, but also take special note to choose your country FIRST. When your country is selected, the "state" dropdown menu will provide the correct options. Editing your profile information also edit your profile for the MPSA conference proposal submission process.

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  • 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

Registration and Receipts

  • 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 on your name on the top right of the screen to go to your Order History. Each transaction can be printed from this page by clicking on the "Print Transaction" button. 


  • 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.

Additional Questions?

If your question about the conference isn't answered above, please email MPSA conference staff at

Revised 12/1/15