74th Annual Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists: REGISTRATION OPEN!

The Midwestern Association of Parasitologists (MAP) will meet for the 74th annual meeting June 1-3, 2023 at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Planned activities for the meeting include a Symposium on Digitized Museum Collections presented by Dr. Jennifer Zaspel from the Milwaukee Public Museum and Dr. Julie Allen from the University of Nevada Reno. Our keynote Speaker following the banquet is Dr. Brian Allan from the University of Illinois. The Allan lab studies the consequences of global change for the transmission of vector-borne diseases and the conservation of wildlife and ecosystems.

Registration for faculty should be $60 ($45 for students), $20 membership dues ($10 for students), and $30 Friday banquet fee (optional). Basic registration covers Friday and Saturday breakfasts and Friday lunch. Staying in the dorms for Thursday and Friday evening, which includes 3 days of parking, will be $70 for a single room and $57 for a double. Basic registration pays for breakfast Friday and Saturday along with Lunch on Friday.  Please register here.

We encourage faculty and students to submit abstracts for both oral and poster presentations. Students have the opportunity to be judged across different categories and receive monetary awards for best talk, best poster, and best undergraduate presentation. Awards come with the opportunity to claim additional funding for participation in another scientific meeting.  Please submit your abstracts here.

Additional support for students comes from AMCOP Student Research grants. The Application is now available and due by Friday, May 19th, 2023. Fill out the form here or check out the website for more information! Winners are announced during the AMCOP Business meeting.

We will have the traditional AMCOP silent auction to raise money for student grants and awards. New activities include the 1st Annual Parasite Art Contest and a T-shirt fundraiser with a new design. This year’s AMCOP also represents an opportunity for participants to clean off their shelves and drawers by donating unneeded microscope slide specimens for education.
On behalf of the American Society of Parasitologists (ASP) Education committee, AMCOP is soliciting donations of permanent parasite slides to compile sets of demonstration slide boxes as educational loans for ASP members teaching parasitology courses and in need of these materials. Please help out the education committee by bringing any slides with you to the meeting. If you have any questions about slide donations, please email sorlofsk@uwsp.edu.

Please share this information widely with colleagues and students you think are interested in joining us to discuss topics related to parasitology and disease biology in general. We look forward to seeing you at UWSP in June!