Frequently Asked Questions

Here we will update a list of frequently asked questions (FAQ) with answers.

How do I register for the meeting?

Registration for the NSF EPSCoR National Conference will open in May and can be done through the conference website. If you are interested in attending the conference, the first step is to contact the Project Administrator (PA) for the RII Track 1 from your jurisdiction. If you are not directly involved with NSF EPSCoR or from an EPSCoR jurisdiction and have questions about registration, please contact Montana NSF EPSCoR (conference host) at

What is included in the cost of my registration?

Your registration fee includes access to all conference sessions on Monday and Tuesday, as well as a Sunday evening reception. Registration covers breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday, and hors d’oeuvres at the Sunday evening reception. Attendees are responsible for their own dinner reservations and expenses. For participants in the Wednesday PD/PA session, the additional registration fee includes breakfast and lunch on Wednesday.

Can I cancel my registration?

Registration cancellations must be made in writing (electronically or by mail by September 30, 2017 to be eligible for registration fee refund. For email: For mail delivery: Ginger Claussen, Conference Planning Services, 32 Campus Drive, University of Montana, Missoula, MT, 59812. After September 30, 2017, no refunds will be given for meeting registration. For questions, please contact the UM Conference Planning Services office 406-243-4866 or 406-243-4623.

Can I see what sessions will be presented before I arrive on site?

The program for the National Conference is posted here.

How do I submit a poster for the poster session?

Graduate students will present posters on Monday November 6th from 4:30 to 6 pm. If you are interested in submitting a poster abstract, please contact the Project Director or Project Administrator for your jurisdiction. Poster abstracts are due September 8th and can be submitted through the conference registration platform.

Poster Abstract Submission Guidelines:

Please include the following in a Word document that can be uploaded on the conference registration platform.

  • Poster Presenter: Name of student who will present the poster
  • Email:  Contact information for the poster presenter
  • Jurisdiction: EPSCoR Jurisdiction
  • Poster Title: 25-word limit
  • Authors and Affiliations: Please include the name of each author, their organization and indicate whether they are the primary or co-author. Do not include the department, division, address, etc. Please give each author their own line if possible.
  • Abstract text: (250 word limit). The title, authors, and jurisdiction are not included in this word limit. Please avoid including figures, photos, or diagrams as they will not be published.
  • Support: Enter the sources of research support within the Abstract Text. Include grant numbers here.

How do I register for the pre-conference workshop?

Registration for the pre-conference workshop will open in April along with registration for the conference. Workshop space is limited and those who are interested are encouraged to register early.

Does NSF EPSCoR have hotel rooms available for meeting attendees?

Montana NSF EPSCoR has room blocks reserved at the Holiday Inn Downtown Missoula, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Missoula-Edgewater, and at the Comfort Inn. Many of these rooms have been reserved at the government rate. These room blocks will only be held until September 15, 2017. Conference attendees are responsible for their lodging expenses.  More lodging information can be found on the travel page.

Do I need to rent a car?

Arrangements will be made to provide attendees with shuttles from the airport to the hotels listed on the travel page (Holiday Inn Downtown Missoula, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Missoula-Edgewater, Campus Inn Missoula, Comfort Inn University Missoula Hotel). The conference will also provide transportation to and from the Sunday evening reception, as well as transportation to conference sessions if needed. Any additional transportation needs are at the expense of the attendee.

Which airport should I fly into?

Your best option is to fly into the Missoula International Airport (airport code is MSO).  

Airlines that provide service to Missoula are: United, Delta, Frontier, Alaska and Allegiant.

What type of weather should I expect?

The average high temperature for early November is the upper 40’s for the high with lows dropping down to 20 degrees.  Weather is a bit unpredictable this time of year so it is possible that there will be snow or it could be clear and dry.  Be prepared for quick weather changes and temperature fluctuations.

Is there a specific dress attire?

Dress for the program is business casual.  We do recommend dressing in layers as the temperature can fluctuate quite a bit this time of year.  Winter boots, a warm jacket, hat and gloves are highly advised as you may be walking outside between venues.