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2018 Southern Division Meeting

February 16-18, 2018 in Fayetteville, Arkansas

2018 Meeting Program (posted February 13, 2018)



A block of rooms has been reserved at The Chancellor Hotel for the nights of February 16, 17, and 18, 2018 (Friday through Sunday).The group rate for “run of the house” or “executive king suite” rooms is $129/night for February 16 and 17 and $99/night for February 18 prior to taxes (13.75%). Rooms will be available, by reservation, on a first-come first serve basis. The deadline to make reservations at the group rate is January 16, 2018.  There is no guarantee of room availability or rate once the block of rooms is filled and beyond this deadline. Reservations may be made by calling The Chancellor Hotel directly (reference “Southern Division – APS”), or by visiting Reservation modifications or cancellations must be made prior to 6:00 PM local time the day before arrival.

The Chancellor Hotel
70 North East Avenue
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701
(479) 442-5555

Click here for a list of restaurants near the Chancellor Hotel

Check in: 3:00 PM
Check out: 11:00 AM
Parking: $4/night (self-parking) or $10/night (valet parking)

Nearest Airports:
The following airports are served by most major airlines, depending on your preferences and available ticket prices. 
a.    Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) – Approximately 21 miles from Fayetteville
b.    Fort Smith Regional Airport (FSM) – Approximately 61 miles from Fayetteville
c.    Tulsa International Airport (TUL) – Approximately 107 miles (with tolls) from Fayetteville

Award Applications and Nominations

Outstanding Plant Pathologist Award
Donald M. Ferrin Memorial Service Award
Graduate Student Research Award
Student/Post-Doc Travel Award
Nominations for SD-APS Vice-President and Graduate Student/Post-Doc Representative 

2018 Call for Abstracts

The 2018 SD-APS program will consist of oral and poster presentations. The SD-APS meeting is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to obtain oral presentation experience at a professional meeting.

Abstracts must be submitted online (submission link below) by the new extended deadline of December 22, 2017. Please be sure to indicate (1) if you want to have your abstract published, (2) if you will be giving a poster or oral presentation, and (3) if you will be participating in the Graduate Student Research Competition (see additional notes below).

All abstracts submitted for the Graduate Student Research Competition will be accepted unless more abstracts are submitted than what can be presented during Saturday’s program. If this happens, abstracts submitted for the Graduate Student Research Competition will be reviewed by a committee. The committee will review and score each abstract for the Graduate Student Research Competition. Criteria for selection will be based on the  SD-APS abstract guidelines and clarity of the abstract. Abstracts should provide background information to clearly understand research needs, clear objectives, sufficient methods, results, and conclusions. To be considered for the Graduate Student Research Competition, please select the appropriate response on the abstract submission form. Only one abstract per presenter will be considered for the Graduate Student Research Competition. Students will be notified by January 13, 2018, if it becomes necessary to limit abstracts presented during the Graduate Student Research Competition. Authors of non-selected abstracts will be given the opportunity to present their research as a poster.

This change will not affect the submission process for oral presentations during the technical sessions; however, there is a limited number of slots for oral presentations. These slots will be filled as abstracts are received, so consider submitting an abstract of your original research earlier rather than later. There is no limit to the number of abstracts that can be submitted for poster presentations. All posters will be considered part of the technical session.

All abstracts must be reviewed by all authors AND peer-reviewed by two additional people. You will have to certify on the abstract submission form that all authors and two additional people have reviewed your abstract.

Abstract Payments: This year, an abstract submission fee ($45) is required for ALL abstracts submitted for presentation (oral or poster) at the 2018 SD-APS Meeting. In the past, the fee associated with SD-APS Meeting abstracts has been an abstract publication fee and was only required if the authors wished their abstract to be published in the supplementary issue of Phytopathology. Authors will still have the option to publish or not publish. You must indicate if you want your abstract published or not published on the abstract submission form. Abstract submission fees must be paid at the time of registration (either online or paper) and will not be accepted through the abstract submission process. Abstract fees must be paid by the advance registration deadline (January 5, 2018) otherwise your abstract will be removed from program consideration.

Oral presentation guidelines: Fifteen minutes will be allowed for each oral presentation in the Graduate Student Research Competition and technical sessions with 13 minutes for the presentation and 2 minutes for questions.  Equipment will be available for digital presentations (PowerPoint) via LCD.  Bring your presentation in PowerPoint format (PC compatible) on a USB memory stick.

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

Abstract Submission Instructions (closed December 22, 2017)

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 $45 publication fee is required and payment must be remitted via your meeting registration form.

Changes to abstract submissions and abstract withdrawl or reinstatement can only be made before the December 22, 2017 deadline.  Please preview your abstract to ensure that all affiliations, spellings, and formatting are correct.

For questions or problems regarding the online abstract submission form, contact Katie Hamel, APS Events Coordinator, by email


Metting Events

Fayettechill Tour #Callingthehogs
Friday, February 16, 2018, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Description: You never know where your next collaboration or job opportunity may lie! Tour the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Arkansas and meet the faculty, students, post-docs, and staff who make it run! Lunch and transportation will be provided; however, you must register by Feb. 5, 2018. 

Welcome Reception
Friday, February 16, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Description: Gather and visit with your fellow SD-APS Meeting attendees at The Chancellor Hotel before the scientific program begins. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available. *Please indicate if you plan to attend so that we can get an accurate count for food purchases.

Careers 101 Workshop: Presentations 101
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Description:  The first step toward a career in plant pathology is visibility, and a powerful oral presentation will make you and your work memorable to prospective employers. Learn what works and what doesn’t.  Workshop is intended for early career professionals, postdocs, and students. Lunch will be provided; however, you must register by Feb. 5, 2018. 

Graduate Student/Post-doc Social/Meeting
Saturday, February 17, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Description: Get to know your fellow graduate students and post-docs and discuss the role and future goals of graduate students and post-docs within the division. Social/ meeting will take place at Powerhouse Seafood & Grill.  Dinner will be provided; however, you must register by Feb. 5, 2018.

Awards Banquet

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
*Please indicate if you plan to attend so that we can get an accurate count for food purchases.


Meeting Registration

(includes Banquet)

NEW!  Registrants can make changes (online) to their registration after the initial payment has been submitted! 

Online Registration (click this link to register online)
(please note you must be logged into APSnet to register online. If you are new to the APS webiste, please create a new account)

By Phone
Call Cindy Scheller at APS Headquarters at +1.651.994.3808

By Fax/Mail
Click here to print a.pdf of the 2018 Meeting 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.)