Preparing for the Conference

  • My proposal was accepted for the conference. How to I respond to my invitation for conference participation?
    Please login and to confirm or deny your participation on the conference submission website. Be sure to coordinate with your co-authors; if you are not planning on attending, you must DECLINE your role(s). If you are an author on a paper and have a co-author who ACCEPTS their role, the paper will remain on the program and the person who accepts will continue to receive updated conference information via email.
  • My proposal has been accepted. What date/time is my session? 
    You can find your schedule online by searching the preliminary conference schedule, which will be available closer to the conference. You will be asked to set your time zone before you can view the program. The online program is searchable by participant name, session format, section and date/time.
  • How to I connect with colleagues in my session?
    To view email addresses of colleagues in your session, click on your session and then on a participant name in the online program (you must be logged in to view email addresses).
  • Does MPSA offer job placement at the conference?
    Since there are traditionally very few positions open in the spring, we forgo the traditional placement area at the MPSA conference. Instead, we feature open positions in the members-only section of our website and in our monthly newsletter as they are submitted. Have an open position? Please email it to
  • Where can I find networking and social events during the conference?
    Mark your calendar and plan to attend the in-person, 80th Annual MPSA Conference Meetings and Receptions here.
  • Does the MPSA offer scholarships for childcare during the conference?
    The 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 College Nannies+Sitters (a bonded insured childcare provider), or another preferred provider recommended by the conference hotel. Learn more and apply today for a Conference Childcare Scholarship.
  • What’s the official conference hashtag?
    The official hashtag for the 2022 conference is #MPSA2023. Please remember to follow all of the conference updates on Twitter, FacebookLinkedIn, and Instagram, and add the #MPSA2022 hashtag to your own messages about the conference.


  • How do I upload my research to the online conference program?
    Uploading your research early allows for those attending your session to come prepared with meaningful feedback. Upload your paper for the conference after logging into the MPSA website here. Instructions on how to upload your paper may be found here.
  • How do I create a virtual poster for the online conference poster gallery?
    If you are presenting a poster virtually, learn more about how to create your virtual poster for the online conference poster gallery here.​​​​​
  • When is the deadline for uploading my paper?
    The deadline for uploading your materials is March 31, 2022, but we are sure that your discussant would appreciate having more time to craft thoughtful comments. Please consider uploading your paper earlier, if possible.
  • How do I access all of the papers for my sessions?
    Click here for detailed instructions for accessing papers for your sessions. Please note that only papers which have been uploaded will appear online.
  • It’s after the deadline and no one has uploaded their research. I’m the discussant! What should I do?
     Please reach out to the authors individually and ask them to send you their paper. To view email addresses of colleagues in your session, click on your session and then on a participant name in the online program (you must be logged in to view email addresses).
  • Can I nominate my own research for an award?
    Self-nominations are not permitted. MPSA strongly encourages individuals with section or panel responsibilities to nominate papers from their panels for consideration. Learn more about the awards program.
  • Where can I find presenter resources, FAQs and guidelines for different session types?
    View role-specific guidelines for AuthorsChairs, and Discussants. View presenter resources, FAQs and guidelines for different session types: Lightning TalksPoster Sessions, Standing ePanels, and the Junior Scholar Symposium. Instructions for virtual attendees can be found here. Learn more about Session Times, Formats and Role Descriptions here.​​

Registration and Receipts

  • How can I access a receipt for my conference registration? 
    Conference attendees can print registration receipts from the website by logging in to your MPSA account, and selecting “Edit my profile”. Then Select “Orders & Payments”. All previous orders will be visible. Select “View/Print” beside the order for which you need a receipt. You then have the option to download or print.
  • How do I get a letter of invitation?
    If you need a letter of invitation for the conference, please submit that request here, and a letter will be emailed to you directly.
  • I have been invited to speak on a panel, and I am not a member of MPSA. Do I have to register for the conference? 
    Everyone who attends the conference must register. There are no exceptions. The Conference Fee Waiver Scholarship is available on a first-come, first-served basis for international scholars from developing countries and individuals who are not political scientists, if they have not attended the conference before.
  • Why is the conference registration fee higher if I do not stay in 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.
  • If I have already registered for the conference but decide not to attend, can I get a refund?
    Like APSA and many other associations, the MPSA has a “no refund” policy.
  • Do I have to purchase a membership to register for the conference?
    No, you are not required to purchase a membership prior to registering for the conference. However, please note that MPSA members receive significant discounts. Learn more about the benefits of MPSA membership here, membership categories here, and join/renew here.
  • If I purchase a membership, do I also have to register for the conference?
    MPSA membership is not the same as conference registration. To register for the conference at the member rate, please note that conference registration must be made as a second transaction after purchasing the membership.
  • Are hotel accommodations and meals included in the conference registration fee?
    No. Neither meals nor hotel accommodations are included with your conference registration fee. You are responsible for making your own hotel and childcare reservations. Please see information about making reservations at our official conference hotels here.
  • Do I have to present at the conference to attend?
    No. While most of the conference attendees are participating as presenters, all political science students and scholars are welcome to attend. The same registration rates and deadlines apply for all conference attendees.
  • How do I get a certificate of participation?
    Due to the volume of requests, we are unable to provide certificates of participation during the conference. Please send your certificate of participation request via email to after the conference


  • Does the MPSA check to see if a person has registered in a non-conference hotel?
    The MPSA counts on you to be honest when you select a registration rate and pay to attend the conference. We have restructured our registration system so we can confirm that people who register at the lower in-hotel rate are really staying in the Palmer House or an official conference overflow hotel. If a person registers for the conference at the lower in-hotel rate but is not a registered guest in an official conference hotel, they will be billed for the difference between the in-hotel and out-of-hotel rates. Be aware that if you are not officially registered as a guest in the hotel, you are not staying in that hotel. If you are sharing a room with another person, be sure that you register at the hotel check-in desk when you arrive at the hotel.
  • What happens if the Palmer House sells out of rooms?
    As the MPSA conference has grown over the past several years, rooms at the Palmer House have sold out. When this has happened, the MPSA has negotiated additional blocks of rooms at other hotels. We will continue to try to negotiate additional room blocks once the Palmer House sells out: however, ultimately it is your responsibility to make your reservations in a timely manner.
  • Which receptions are open to all attendees?
    The MPSA Welcome & Exhibitor Reception (Thursday, April 7 from 6:30 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.), the Minority Caucus Reception (Friday, April 8 from 9:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.), and the MPSA Presidents Reception (Saturday, April 9 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.) are open to all registered attendees.
  • Is there anywhere nearby to access a computer or have some documents printed?
    There is a UPS Store located on the Street Level of the Palmer House near the Wabash entrance. Additionally, there is a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center located across from the Palmer House Wabash entrance. Both are open Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Where can I charge my phone/laptop/tablet?
    You may use the charging stations in the Red Lacquer on the 4th floor of the Palmer House to charge your tablets and phones. Additionally, you may charge your devices in the hall across from the State.
  • Is there a quiet area I can use at the conference without going back to my room?
    MPSA is reserving the Wabash Room on the 3rd floor of the Palmer House, as a quiet space to allow attendees to get away from the sounds, lights, and energy of the annual conference activity. Please respect the purpose of this quiet space by planning personal meetings elsewhere.
  • How do I access the room for nursing mothers?
    MPSA has set aside a room at the Palmer House Hilton for nursing mothers during the conference. If you wish to use the room, please check in at the conference registration desk for room location and access information when you arrive onsite.
  • Where is a gender-neutral restroom at the Palmer House?
    A gender-neutral restroom is located on the 6th floor near the Grant Park Parlor.
  • Who can I ask for help while at the conference?
    If you need directions or have general questions about the Palmer House Hilton itself, please look for hotel staff wearing gold oval Hilton name badges. You may also speak with the front desk or the hotel concierges to answer hotel-specific questions. For questions about conference presentations, MPSA staff members will be available at the conference registration desk in the Red Lacquer and at the information both on the 4th floor.

Conference Policies

Additional Questions?

  • If your question about the conference isn’t answered above, please email MPSA conference staff at