80th Annual Midwest Political Science Association Conference
Thursday, April 13 through Sunday, April 16, 2023
In-Person at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL

All Panels, Roundtables, Lightning Talks and Working Groups will Feature a Hybrid Format (for In-Person or Virtual Participation). Poster Sessions will be In-Person Only.

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Conference Childcare Scholarship

MPSA offers Childcare Scholarships to help defray the cost of childcare for parents or guardians that are current members of MPSA, registered and attending the conference, and who are staying at the Palmer House or Hilton Chicago. Childcare must be provided on-site, using Jovie (previously named College Nannies and Sitters) (a bonded insured childcare provider), or another preferred provider recommended by the conference hotel. Click here to apply for the scholarship.

This service must be arranged by the parent or guardian. Th­­e website recommends making childcare reservations at least two weeks or more in advance, childcare may not be available if you wait until later to make reservations.

Jovie of Chicago
Phone: 773 697-9326

Per Jovie Childcare each childcare worker is required to pass a background check and reference check. Jovie Childcare staff must be certified in CPR and first aid – including infant. The hourly rate in February, 2023 posted for Jovie of Chicago was $40 per hour (subject to change), with a four-hour minimum.

When making your reservation, please put the zip code where you will be staying at in Chicago so a nanny can be matched in your area and mention the MPSA Annual Conference (use code “MPSA”). The Chicago Palmer House address is: 17 E Monroe St., Chicago IL  60603. The Chicago Hilton address is: 720 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL  60605.

The final childcare cost for an attendee would be approximately $7 an hour, after the MPSA reimbursement. If a parent wants a second childcare provider, then the cost for the second provider to the parent would be $20 per hour after the MPSA reimbursement. If you have any questions or concerns about this service, please contact our office with your concerns ( We no longer publish online or in the program the recipients of the Childcare Scholarship program.

Scholarship recipients will be emailed instructions on how to submit an itemized paid receipt for reimbursement. Reimbursement is made following the conference, after MPSA is provided with an itemized copy of the receipt that the parent/guardian receives from the childcare service. The receipt must show that the hours of service are within the guideline hours. MPSA will not pay any fees incurred for the parent or guardian canceling the service.

The hours considered for reimbursement, must only be during specific times indicated below and must be listed on the itemized receipt. The application deadline is April 17, 2023.

Wednesday, April 12, 2023: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Thursday, April 13, 2023: 9:00am – 10:00pm
Friday, April 14, 2023: 7:30am – 10:00pm
Saturday, April 15, 2023: 7:30am – 10:00pm
Sunday, April 16, 2023: 7:30am – 2:00pm

The application deadline is April 17, 2022 with the MPSA. It is highly recommended you reserve your childcare at least two weeks in advance of the date needed. Apply here

Additional Conference Fee Waivers and Scholarships

The MPSA also offers additional financial assistance opportunities for conference through Conference Registration Fee Waivers and Graduate Student Travel Scholarships.