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Registration FAQs

Who needs to register?

All people who attend the MPA annual meeting need to register for the meeting: faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and all other attendees.

I am an MPA member. Do I also need to register?

Yes. All people attending the meeting should register. Members pay a lower registration fee. We will print a name badge for you and have it ready for you when you arrive at the meeting.

I am a Life Member and/or MPA Fellow. Do I need to register?

Yes. All people attending the meeting should register.

I am an undergraduate presenting in the Psi Chi poster session. Do I need to register?

Yes. All people attending the meeting should register.

I am presenting in one of the Affiliated Meetings (e.g., Division 27, Teaching of Psychology). Do I need to register?

Yes. All people attending the meeting should register.

I am attending the conference, but I am not presenting. Do I need to register?

Yes. All people attending the meeting should register.

Is registration something new?

Yes. In the past, MPA members were automatically registered for the annual meeting. Only nonmembers and undergraduates needed to register for the meeting in advance. Beginning this year, all attendees must register for the meeting.

Why is registration necessary?

MPA has always tried to keep operating costs low in order the make the annual meeting accessible to as many people as possible (especially students). We operate on a “shoestring budget.” Our membership fees are considerably lower than other professional organizations and lower than nearly every other regional psychological associations. Prior to this year, MPA was one of the only organizations (national or regional) that did not charge a registration fee to members.

MPA uses membership fees to pay for the infrastructure of the organization: the maintenance of the MPA website, membership database, stipends, secretarial help, insurance, graduate student awards, diversity travel awards, and other expenses. However, membership fees are not sufficient to also pay for the costs of running the annual meeting: paying for the hotel meeting rooms, computers, audiovisual equipment, program books, app, conference management service, security, and other expenses.

MPA intends to use membership fees to pay for costs associated with its infrastructure and registration fees to pay for costs associated with the annual meeting itself. The additional registration fee will allow us to maintain a financially healthy organization that can continue to support the dissemination of psychological science for another 85 years.

 
 

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