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Conference Updates

  • View the Preliminary Conference Program
  • Register for the 2020 Conference
  • Volunteer to be a Chair or Discussant
    Professional-level members and submitters may offer to be a chair or discussant via the MPSA proposal system. (Sign in with your username and password, proceed past the demographic information page, and click the Volunteer to be a Chair or Discussant link.)
  • Check the Status of Your Proposal or Respond to Your Invitation
    When signed in to the website, a gold "Check Proposal Status"button will appear below.

Section Heads are Making Final Reviews and Scheduling is in Process - Subfield and undergraduate participants will receive an email notification when the conference schedule has been completed for these sections.

MPSA Seeks Additional Professional Development Panelists - The MPSA conference will offer several dozen professional development sessions on topics ranging early career, post-tenure, and teaching experiences. These sessions are important for attendees and are often shared with the broader discipline throughout the year as podcasts and videos. Volunteer here.

Plan a Conference-Within-A-Conference for 2020 - Working group participants commit to attend a small group of related or organized sessions. A volunteer coordinator for each working group proposes a theme, selects and/or organizes sessions for the group to attend, promotes the working group, and facilitates communication among participants. Please contact MPSA Conference Director Tamara Speelmon at to learn more.


Ready to get involved with MPSA?

There are a variety of ways to get involved even if you have only fifteen, thirty, or sixty minutes! Learn more about how to share your time and talents with the discipline.


Attention - Please be aware that someone has been making fraudulent calls impersonating an MPSA representative and warning that hotel rates for the MPSA conference are going up next week. These calls are NOT authorized by MPSA. If you are contacted about hotel rates by someone claiming to be from MPSA, let us know at or 812.558.0588.

Opportunities to Volunteer! - Join an MPSA committee, volunteer for a professional development or working group session, or sign up to be a mentor. More information here.

The Bert and Phyllis Lamb Prize in Political Science - Selection criteria, instructions for applying, and application available at Deadline February 21, 2020.

Register to be a Potential Reviewer for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) - The National Science Foundation (NSF) invites graduate students to register as potential reviewers for the 2020 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and STEM Education at accredited, non-profit US institutions of higher education. visit for more information.

IIE-SRF Partnerships for Scholar Advancement Seeks  Advisors - The Institute of International Education Scholar Rescue Fund (IIE-SRF)  through their  Partnerships for Scholar Advancement (PSA) program seeks advisors  who commit to offering time, advice, and/or networks to help IIE-SRF fellows overcome obstacles that may prevent the fellow from reaching her or his career goals.  Fellows are accomplished scholars who having faced threats to their lives and careers in their home countries, have been awarded one- to two-year fellowships worldwide to resume their research and teaching.  Advisorships are among the most effective ways for displaced fellows to work through challenges  to securing longer-term positions and opportunities in academia and related sectors. Possible advisor roles include CV/resume assistance, cover letter preparation, career advice, etc. For additional information, please visit the  IIE-SRF PSA program page or contact Olga Gregorian at

An Invitation to Submit News Items  - Please share news of promotions, awards (calls for nomination and recipient announcements welcome), and other good news by submitting the information via this brief form. MPSA staff will verify the information prior to sharing on the website, in the monthly newsletter (delivered mid-month), and in social media (as appropriate). 

Add Your Research to the MPSA Conference Program and Access Participant Information - Conference participants: Please upload your research to the online conference program for review by your discussant(s) and colleagues. When signed in to the online program*, you can also access the email addresses for fellow participants. The online program serves as a place to share papers and presentation resources for research presented at the 78th annual MPSA Conference.
*NOTE - You must sign in with your username and password to upload your research to the conference repository.
Instructions and tips for navigating the online program - including uploading research and accessing participant information (.pdf).