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Registration Information

MPSA Annual Conference registration rates are determined by:

  • Your MPSA membership status, (membership must be valid through April 2016 to receive discounted rate),
  • When you register, and,
  • Where you book your hotel (except if you live within a 50-miles radius of Chicago).

MPSA does not accept purchase orders, wire transfers, or bank transfers as payment. Registration is not refundable. 

Registration grants attendees access to panels and poster sessions, the exhibit hall and select receptions. Neither meals nor
hotel accommodations are included with your conference registration fee. You are responsible for making your own hotel and childcare reservations.  
At least one author from each paper must pre-register or the paper will be removed from the official conference program. All conference participants (including attending authors, discussants, chairs, moderators and roundtable participants) must pre-register for the conference or they will be removed from the program.

Registration for the 2017 MPSA conference will open later this year!

Why is registration higher if you do not book 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."

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.