AMCOP and Wilmington College invite you to attend the 69th Annual Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists on June 8–10, 2017. Housing and meetings will be on the campus of Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio. Dr. Douglas Woodmansee is the Program Officer and Dr. Matt Bolek is the Presiding Officer for this meeting.

Registration Details

Please pre-register for AMCOP-69 by completing this linked form and returning it with appropriate payment. Deadline for sending pre-


Wilmington College, Wilmington, OH

June 8 - 10, 2017

registration materials to Dr. Woodmansee is Friday, May 19, 2017. Additional details about on- and off-campus lodging is provided below, along with travel information. Registration materials and dormitory check-in on the 8th of June will be at the main desk in the lobby of Pyle Center for Students, 1870 Quaker Way, Wilmington, Ohio.

Scheduled Events

  • Thursday Evening Social

    The Thursday evening social will be held from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at The Escape, a bar located at 36 W. Sugartree St. It is an easy walk from campus. We also hope to arrange for a shuttle bus.

  • Friday and Saturday Sessions

    The morning session on Friday will begin with student oral presentations in competition for the LaRue Award in Room 149 of the Center for The Sciences and Agriculture (CSA).

    After lunch, there will be a symposium focused on parasitic hymenoptera, featuring talks by Dr. Norman Johnson of the Ohio State University and Dr. Dr. Michael Sharkey of the University of Kentucky. The afternoon will conclude with posters/demonstrations including student posters in competition for the Herrick Award.

    The Saturday morning session will feature contributed papers and the annual business meeting. We anticipate closing the meeting just before noon.

  • Banquet

    The banquet will be held on Friday evening in Dining Rooms C&D in the upper level of Pyle Center. An alcohol-free social hour will begin at 6:00 with dinner following at 7:00. Banquet tickets must be purchased at the time of registration. Persons wishing vegetarian meals or persons with special dietary needs should include a note on their registration form explaining their needs. Every effort will be made to accommodate those requests.

  • Keynote Address

    In the tradition of past meetings, the keynote address will follow the banquet. This year’s address will be given by Dr. Sarah Orlofske of Northeastern Illinois University and the title for her presentation is "Dead ends are just the beginning: Predation on Parasites in Aquatic Ecosystems."

Call for Abstracts

All attendees are encouraged to participate by presenting a 10-minute oral presentation or a poster involving parasitology. The deadline for abstract submission is May 26, 2017. Complete abstract submission instructions are available on this linked form.


A continental breakfast will be available at the meeting rooms Friday and Saturday mornings. Since regular campus food services are not available during the summer and the fast food joints are not particularly convenient, we are providing an optional box lunch on Friday. The usual array of fast food is available by driving a short distance east of the campus on Rombach Ave.

Presentation Awards

Graduate students are eligible to receive either the Herrick Award ($300) for best poster presentation or the LaRue Award ($300) for best oral presentation. Posters and oral presentations by undergraduate students are eligible for the Cable Undergraduate Award ($200). Winners of the three awards outlined above will also be eligible to claim a $200 grant to fund attendance at another meeting for the purpose of presenting their research at that meeting. The best overall student presentation will receive a student travel grant to present their research at the 2016 American Society of Parasitologists annual meeting. There are also monetary awards for other meritorious student papers.

Student Grants Program

AMCOP is once again offering its Student Research Grants. Proposals are due May 5, 2017. Proposal preparation instructions are can be downloaded using this linked document and also on our website at You may contact Dr. Jeff Laursen with questions about this program.

Silent Auction

Each year AMCOP holds a silent auction of parasitological (and other) materials. Please bring the items you wish to donate with you to the meeting.

On-Campus Accommodations

Use this linked form to reserve housing on campus. Accommodations will be in the college's Campus Village. Since the Village is arranged in suites of individual rooms, all accommodations are based on single occupancy. Linens and towels are provided. Wilmington College policy prohibits use of alcohol in the dormitories.

Off-Campus Accommodations

    General Denver Hotel (1920’s cool)     81 W. Main St.   (937) 383-4141
    Hampton Inn & Suites                          201 Holiday Dr.   (937) 382-4400
    Holiday Inn Express                             155 Holiday Dr.   (937) 382-5858
    Royalton Inn & Suites                           1201 Carrie Dr.   (937) 366-6864
    Wilmington Inn (closest to campus)     909 Fife Ave.   (937) 382-6000

Travel Details

Wilmington College is located just off of Interstate 71, about midway between Columbus and Cincinnati, Ohio. From the south, take I-71 from Cincinnati, exit onto State Route 73 East, exit onto US68 South into town. Bear left on South Street to stay on US68 then turn left (east) on US22/SR3 (Main St.); the college will be on your right. From the north, take I-71 from Columbus and exit onto US 68 South into town. Bear left on South Street to stay on US68 then turn left (east) on US22/SR3 (Main St.); the college will be on your right. Getting to Wilmington from the northwest is a little trickier. From I-70, take I-75 South through Dayton to US35. You may also take the I-670 outerbelt from I-70 to US 35 (less traffic but more miles). Take US 35 East then US 68 South into Wilmington. Bear left on South Street to stay on US68 then turn left (east) on US22/SR3 (Main St.); the college will be on your right. 

The college is located on the south side of US22/SR3, across the railroad tracks east of downtown. To get to Pyle Center, turn right onto Quaker Way on the east edge of campus and park in the first lot to your left. Pyle Center is just across the street from the parking lot. The Campus Village is reached by getting back onto Quaker Way (left out of the parking lot) and following a twisting route onto Linton Dr. The Village is the set of brick buildings at the end of Linton Dr.


On-campus parking is free during the summer. The Campus Village has parking lots off of Elm St. and off of Linton Dr. There is a larger lot on Quaker Way directly across the street from Pyle Center that you might also find useful.

For more information about AMCOP or to contact us about this webpage, please email

Dr. Robert Sorensen, AMCOP Secretary/Treasurer.

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