Annual Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists



Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL

May 31 - June 2, 2018

Thursday Evening Social

The Thursday evening social will be held from 6 - 9pm PM at TK’s Southwestern Bar and Grill, located approximately 2 blocks north of the dorm at 1405  4th Street. It is an easy walk from campus

Friday and Saturday Sessions

The Friday morning session will begin with student oral presentations in competition for the LaRue Award ($300) in Room 3080 of the The Life Sciences Building.  After lunch there will be a symposium, featuring talks by Dr. Matthew Bolek of the Oklahoma State University and Dr. Vasyl Tkatch of the University of North Dakota. The afternoon will conclude with posters/demonstrations including student posters in competition for the Herrick Award ($300).

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


The banquet will be held on Friday evening in the University Ballroom in the Union. A social hour will begin at 5:30 with dinner following at 6:00. Banquet tickets must be purchased with the registration form.

Keynote Address

The Keynote address will be delivered by Dr. Jason Hoverman, Associate Professor of Vertebrate Ecology in the Dept. of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University.

Call for Abstracts

We welcome members to present platform 10-minute platform presentations, posters, and demonstrations of a parasitological nature during our annual meetings. Abstracts of papers, posters, and demonstrations should complete this abstract form and send it to directly to Dr. Robert Sorensen, Secretary/Treasurer of AMCOP, as indicated in the linked document.


A continental breakfast will be available near the meeting rooms Friday and Saturday mornings. Friday lunch will be on your own at one of the nearby eateries (better than a cheese sandwich in a plastic bag).

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

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 the enclosed form to reserve housing on campus. Accommodations will be in McKinney Hall. Linens and towels are provided.

Off-Campus Accommodations

     •     McGrady Inn (B&B in remodeled church)               803 6th St.           (217) 348-8259

     •     Unique Suites Hotel                                   920 W Lincoln Ave.           (217) 348-8161

     •     Days Inn                                                    810 W. Lincoln Ave.           (217) 345-7689

Travel Details

EIU is located approximately 8 miles East of Interstate 57, on highway 16 (exit 190)  in Charleston Illinois. Highway 16 is the main street in Charleston.  The University borders hgwy16 on the south.

To get to McKinney Hall go 2 blocks south of 16 on 4th street.  The dorm is on the east side.  

Map of EIU can be found at:


You can search for the dorm and Life Science Building on this map


On-campus parking is free on evenings and weekends. You can park in the lot across the street from the dorm, which I will reserve for AMCOP on Thurs and Fri.  You will get a parking pass in your registration package.

                                                                                               Jeff Laursen

                                                                                               AMCOP Program Officer

                                                                                               Dept Biological Sciences

                                                                                               600 Lincoln Ave.

                                                                                               Charleston, IL 61920

                                                                                               Email: jrlaursen@eiu.edu

AMCOP and Eastern Illinois University invite you to attend the 70th Annual Midwestern Conference of Parasitologists on May 31–June 2, 2018. Housing and meetings will be on the campus of Eastern Illinois University  in Charleston, Illinois. Dr. Jeffrey Laursen is the Program Officer and Dr. Sarah Orlofske is the Presiding Officer for this meeting.

Registration Details

Please register for AMCOP-70 by completing this registration form and returning it with the appropriate payment. Deadline for preregistration is Friday, May 16, 2018. Registration materials and dormitory check-in will be at the main desk in the lobby of McKinney Hall on 4th street.

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