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Registration Information

Advanced registration closed on March 17, 2014. 

On-site registration available at the Palmer House during the following times: 
  • Wednesday, April 2 - 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm 
  • Thursday, April 3 - 7:00 am – 5:30 pm   
  • Friday, April 4 - 7:30 am – 5:30 pm   
  • Saturday, April 5 - 7:30 am – 5:00 pm   
  • Sunday, April 6 - 8:00 am – 10:40 am 

MPSA Annual Conference registration rates are determined by:

  • Your membership status,
  • When you register, and,
  • Where you book your hotel (except if you live within a 50-miles radius of Chicago).

IMPORTANT NOTES: The MPSA does not accept purchase orders, wire transfers, or bank transfers as payment. Registration does not include hotel accommodations. You are responsible for making your hotel reservations. Registration is not refundable.

2014 On-Site Registration Rates

To ease your wait time, please complete the on-site registration form (download .pdf HERE) prior to your arrival at the Palmer House Hilton conference registration desk. 

MEMBER RATES:

In Hotel

Out  Hotel

NON-MEMBER RATES:

In Hotel

Out  Hotel

Professional

$220

$280

Professional

$307

$367

Retiree/Grad Student

$130

$150

Retiree/Grad Student

$175

$195

Undergraduate

$40

$40

Undergraduate

$40

$40


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."