Frequently Asked Questions
What date/time is my poster session? - You can find your schedule online by searching the preliminary conference schedule (HERE). The online program is searchable by participant name, session format, section and date/time.
If I am presenting a poster, do I also have to submit a research paper? - Yes. Your poster presentation provides a visual representation of the information in your research paper. Please upload your poster presentation and research paper files to the archive prior to the deadline.
Do I need to upload my paper and poster to the MPSA Conference Paper Archive? - Yes. Uploading your research to the online conference paper archive allows fellow attendees and your discussant to review your research in advance of your presentation. Instructions for uploading your research will be sent to all participants in mid-March.
How big should my poster be? What should it look like? - Each poster presenter will be provided with an 8 ft. wide by 4 ft. high display panel. Push pins will be supplied at each display panel to attach poster materials to the panels. Note: Printing will not be provided onsite, so presenters should bring their pre-printed posters to the conference with them or be prepared to arrange for printing in Chicago.
If I don't want to travel with my poster, is there anywhere nearby to have one printed? - The FedEx Office Print & Ship Center and the UPS Store located adjacent to the Palmer House both provide poster printing services. You can learn more and see their rates on their respective websites.
What materials should I bring to the conference for my poster presentation? - Please bring a copy of all presentation materials you plan to attach to the display board, as well as a copy of your research paper, and copies of any handouts you would like to share with your audience.
Where should I set up my poster? - Poster presentations will take place in the Exhibit Hall on the 4th floor of the Palmer House Hilton during regular exhibit hours. Poster presentation display panels will be placed in numerical order around the perimeter of the room. To locate specific poster sessions, search the conference program by section number (Example: Post. 14 Political Science Presentation indicates that this session is poster number 14.)
When should I set up and take down my poster? - All poster materials should be prepared for quick assembly 15 minutes prior to the allotted presentation time. Poster materials should be removed promptly at the end of the presentation to enable the next presenter to set up.
Where can I store my poster when I’m not presenting? - A coat check is available on the 4th floor of the Palmer House Hilton. They may be able to store your poster for a small fee. Otherwise, please plan to carry your presentation with you, as MPSA is not able to store poster materials.
How early can I set up my poster? - Be sure to arrive in plenty of time to pick up your registration materials, as certain times in the registration hall may be busier than others. You must have your name badge in order to enter the Exhibit Hall where the poster presentations take place. You may start setting up as soon as the previous presenter is finished (usually 15 minutes before your scheduled time).