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2017 North Central Division Meeting

June 14-16, 2017 at the iHotel in Champaign, Illinois


Meeting Program

(posted June 6, 2017)

Meeting Schedule

(posted May 31, 2017)

Meeting Highlights

Some of the highlights of the program include:  1) Presentations by Tiffany Jamann and Tamara Jackson-Ziems on career perspectives, 2) Presentations on international research and outreach by Sally Miller and Mohammad Babadoost, 3) Career skills workshop on Professional Presentations and Honing Soft Skills, 4) An Introduction to R for plant pathologists workshop, 5) a tour of the University of Illinois campus and Crop Sciences research projects.


Hotel Information

Register by May 12 to receive discounted rates
iHotel and Conference Center
1900 South First Street
Champaign, IL 61820

Hotel Reservations (room rate $122)

Call (217) 819-5000, use code APHYTHO17 or Or register online at



Apply for a Student Travel Award for the APS-NC Meeting by May 12

Early Career Award nominations due May 12

Distinguished Service Award nominations due May 12

Student Oral Presentation/Poster Awards


Tour and Workshops

(The tour and both workshops will be held on Wednesday, June 14 from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.)


University of Illinois Campus and Research Tour: University of  Illinois Campus and Research Tour: The first part of the tour will be a two hour excursion through the University of Illinois campus on a 15-person-powered pedal car, which will meander through campus and visit historic and interesting sites. The next phase of the tour will be a visit to plant pathology research plots on the University South Farms and the Japanese Gardens at the University of Illinois Arboretum. The tour is limited to 30 people (10 person minimum).  $30.00 Fee


Careers 101 Workshop: Professional Presentations and Honing Soft Skills. In the Careers 101 workshop, you will learn tips for improving and enhancing scientific presentations and for developing and honing soft skills during your graduate school or post doc career. Following the workshop presentations, you will have the chance to practice and apply your learnings in a fun, interactive, and low-stress setting. Come join us to learn, ask questions, and network with your peers from other institutions in the North Central region.  $10.00 Fee

R Workshop: Introduction to R for Plant Pathologists. This workshop will introduce participants to R, using specific examples from plant pathology.  Participants will learn how to: read in data, manipulate data, summarize and visualize data, perform comparisons, find and load packages, and troubleshoot common problems. This workshop will use base packages and newer tools, such as dplyr and ggplot2. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop with an up-to-date version of R installed. This workshop will be tailored to the experience level of each participant, so that everyone will come out learning something new. Instructors: Sydney Everhart, Alex Lipka, Zhian Kamvar.  $10.00 Fee


Call for Abstracts

(click here for full instructions)

Abstract submission deadline is Friday, May 12

You are invited to submit abstracts for the 2017 North Central Division Meeting. If you would like your abstract published, a $50 fee is required and payment must be remitted via your meeting registration. We encourage graduate students to participate in the competition – please check the box “This paper is for the student paper competition” on the online submission form.

Note: There is a limit of 12 oral presentations, first-come-first-serve, for the graduate student competition. If there are more than 10 abstracts submitted for graduate student oral presentations, they will become poster presentations. Non-students will present posters only.

The presentations are given 15 min each, but you should leave 3 min for questions from the audience (approximately a 12 minute total).

Poster presentation guidelines: Posters will follow standard APS guidelines and must not exceed 46 inches wide by 45 inches high.

Below are the instructions for submitting your abstract:

Abstract Submission Instructions:
(submission deadline is May 12)

1) Go to the ABSTRACT SUBMISSION FORM/span>2) Enter Abstract Title, submitter e-mail, type, and answer three questions.
3) Enter Author information
4) Enter Abstract Text
5) You will receive an e-mail confirmation.

6) A $50 publication fee is required and payment must be remitted via your meeting registration form.

You can withdraw or reinstate your abstract submission before the May 12 deadline.
For questions or problems regarding the online abstract submission form, contact us here

Meeting Registration

Online Registration (click this link to register online)
(please note you must be logged into the APS website to register online)

By Phone
Call APS at: Telephone: +1.651.994.3806; OR Contact us here

By Fax/Mail
Click here to print a pdf of the registration form that can be faxed or mailed to APS Headquarters.
(Note: we do not recommend sending your credit card information via e-mail since it is not secure. Please fax, phone, or mail your credit card information.)