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2019 Maize Genetics Conference Registration:

If you are a federal employee and couldn't register by Jan 25 due to the government shutdown, then email Michael Muszynski at by Feb 20, 2019 for a discount code to waive the late fee.

How To Register:

To attend the meeting, you will need to register and pay the registration fee. The registration fee includes meals, abstract books, everyone's share of the meeting and poster room rental costs along with all the audio-visual and poster equipment, and other conference fees. The hotel reservation cost only covers lodging. The cost per person for the conference pass will be $750 for regular attendees (see full fee schedule below). Rooms are $139 per night/$417 for three conference nights for a double room (upgraded room locations or amenities have higher prices). Please make roommate arrangements before you reserve your hotel room and make the reservation with both guest names.

There are four steps to complete the registration process for the 2019 meeting:

Step 1Registration Follow the registration instructions on this page. Registration includes meals, abstract books, and some of the other meeting costs.
Step 2Hotel Reservation To make reservations for the conference hotel follow the Hotel instructions on this page.
Step 3Abstract submission To submit a talk or poster abstract follow the instructions on this page. You must be registered for the conference to submit an abstract.
Step 4Financial Aid There are new financial aid awards this year. Please read about their eligibility requirements before applying for them.

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Step 1
Registration Package:


Full registration is due by January 25, 2019.

We strongly encourage you to register in advance of the meeting as pre-registration allows us to compile a list of attendees with their affiliations, pre-print nametags, and give meal guarantees.

Registration Package:


Registration Package Fees:

Registration fees are as follows:

By January 25, 2019After January 25, 2019
Advance Registration (Academic, Government, and Industry participants) $750$950
Postdoc $650$750
Emeritus/Retired attendees $450$550
One day only (either Friday or Saturday) $400$500
Student* $100$400

Cancellations made by January 25, 2019 U.S. CST will receive a full refund. After January 25, 2019, a $50 processing fee will be withheld and there will be no refunds after February 18, 2019.

Graduate and Undergraduate Students must cancel by February 18, 2019 in order to receive a full refund. After February 18, 2019, a $50 processing fee will be withheld and there will be no refunds after March 6, 2019.

For registration questions, email

Information for all participants:

Similar to 2017, the Registration Fee includes conference meals from Thursday, March 14 dinner through Sunday, March 17 breakfast as well as refreshment breaks and conference services to cover the cost of running the meeting. All out of town attendees are expected to stay in the room block at the St Louis Union Station to keep conference costs down. Non-student registrants will pay the hotel directly for the sleeping room.

International attendees:

Those international attendees who require letters of invitation to facilitate visa processing may contact the meeting Chair, Michael Muszynski.

To travel to this conference, you may need to obtain a non-immigrant visitor's (or other) visa, usually from a US embassy in your home country. Please determine specific requirements for your country. Relevant information may be found at US government web sites:

International attendees who require letters of invitation to facilitate visa processing may contact the meeting Chair: Michael Muszynski.

*Student Attendees:

Students requesting financial aid need to reserve a double occupancy room at the $139 rate, register for the meeting, pay the $100 registration fee and fill in the financial aid form by Jan. 25, 2019. If the student is eligible for financial aid and fundraising efforts are as successful as in previous years, then the hotel room (half of double occupancy) will be paid for upon check out. The hotel room will not be paid for if the student stays at a different hotel. Students who live in the St Louis area and prefer to stay at their own homes are not required to reserve a hotel room.

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Hotel Reservation:

Please read the following instructions before you reserve your hotel room:
  1. Before proceeding to the reservation link, please make roommate arrangements if you plan to share a room. The meeting site does not have a fixed process to handle room sharing, the participant should find a roommate (Need help finding a roommate), and discuss the payment with each other. Please find a roommate in advance and make the reservation with both guest names.
  2. The front desk can only check you in if they received a whole room deposit. If you have a roommate and you arrive at the hotel at the same time, each person will pay one-half the room deposit and check-in at the front desk of hotel. If a participant arrives at the hotel first, and wants to check-in first, the guest will have to pay the whole room deposit (the balance will be returned at check out), and each guest will pay for half of the room charge when they check-out.
  3. Student attendees who wish to cancel a reservation must do so before February 18 for a full refund, otherwise they will be charged a room rate of one night. All other attendees must give the hotel a 24-hour cancellation notice to receive a full refund.
  4. Please be aware that because of the size of the hotel rooms, if you select either a triple or quad occupancy for the hotel room, it is likely that roommates will need to share a bed.
All the participants need to make hotel reservations using the following link:


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Step 3
Abstract Submission:

All abstracts must be submitted electronically by January 25, 2019. Use the link below to begin the process of submitting your abstract. Please indicate on the abstract form whether you wish to present a talk or a poster. Abstracts are limited to 300 words. Time constraints on the meeting may mean that some authors who request oral presentations will be asked to present their data in poster format instead. Abstracts should be submitted under one of the seven research topic categories listed on this abstract submission page and meeting website, based on which the submitter believes is most appropriate. Session topics will be determined (by the MGCSC) based on the abstracts selected for talks, but will likely be similar to the listed categories.


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Step 4
Financial Aid:

New broadening participation financial aid:

A limited number of awards are now available to support travel costs for the purpose of broadening conference participation. Students and researchers from underrepresented groups (MaGNET awards), from Primarily Undergraduate Institutions, from diverse plant research-related disciplines, and first-time attendees are encouraged to apply. Note that these awards are restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Complete information about these programs and how to apply online are located on the Financial Aid page of the MGC website. Check the Financial Aid webpage for upcoming deadlines!


Click here to donate to an endowment? that will provide financial assistance to students attending the meeting.

Important Dates
Conference Date
Start Date 14 Mar 2019
End Date 17 Mar 2019

Deadlines Date
MaGNET 15 Dec 2018
Abstract Submission 25 Jan 2019
Registration Site 25 Jan 2019
Financial Aid 25 Jan 2019
Hotel 25 Jan 2019
Late-Poster Submission 1 Feb 2019
Workshop Registration 1 Feb 2019

News & Information
Jan 23: Federal employees who are unable to register by Jan 25 because of the shutdown should email Michael Muszynski by Feb 20 for a discount code to waive the late fee.
Dec 4: Disciplinary Breadth (DB) applications are now being accepted!
Nov 20: Registration and abstract submission is now open!


Four pre-conference Workshops are being offered before the Maize Meeting on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Meeting Organizers
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