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 two sessions at the conference?
Participation is limited to two panels/poster sessions (e.g., one poster session and one panel discussant or one panel chair and one single-author paper) to insure that junior scholars have a chance to present at the conference. However, participation in a roundtable does not count against the two panels/poster sessions limit.
If I have already registered for the conference but decide not to attend, can I get a refund?
Like APSA and many other associations, we have a "no refund" policy.
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. In essence, the attendees who stay outside the conference hotels are "free riders."
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.