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FAQ and Policies

FAQs & Policies

See some of the most common questions we get about the conference and our policies. If you don't see your question, please contact our President or Conference Coordinator.

  • Should I submit an abstract or a full paper for my individual submission?
    Either are acceptable. Even if you submit a full paper, you should also include an abstract. The recommended length for abstracts is 250-500 words.
  • Why do I have to pay my membership by September 15th to be in the final conference program?
    Each year, we have many presenters who do not show up for their presentations. Some of these presenters proposed papers to the conference and then decided not to come. Some, unfortunately, never intend to come. Either way, we often have several rooms’ worth of panelists who do not show up. Each room costs us significant funds in AV costs, so we’re working to contain those costs to minimize the registration fees for the conference.
  • What is included in my registration?
    Your registration to the conference includes attendance at various receptions and featured speakers, food at some of the conference-sponsored events, and networking opportunities. It also includes admission to social events such as our Game Night and Pub Quiz.
  • Can you help me find a roommate for the conference?
    We love it when you find people to room with, but the organization cannot locate or suggest roommates. You are encouraged to use social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) or your personal network to find people to stay with.
  • What if I missed the program deadline?
    Contact us immediately. You may still be able to be in the final conference program. Even if you miss the deadline for the final conference program, you can still attend. You will be scheduled in a “Pop-Pourri” panel with, when possible, similar papers. Your name will appear in the digital version of the program put online after the conference. You will not appear in the final conference program.
  • Do I have to join the MPCA to present?
  • Do I have to register to present?
  • Can I present my presentation virtually at the conference?
    We understand that sometimes travel plans get derailed or life happens and you cannot make it to the conference. At this time, we are not set up for a hybrid conference, but we do encourage you to submit your proposal next year or submit to our annual Virtual Mini Conference. Please see our Cancellation Policy and contact us if you have any questions.
  • I’m already a member of PCA/ACA. Do I need to join MPCA too?
    Yes. We get no financial support from PCA/ACA.
  • I paid my membership on time. Will I still have to pay a late fee if I register late?
    Yes. You must pay all your fees by the registration deadline to avoid the late fee.
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