Know before you go

Below is some conference information to help you as you plan for your trip. A pdf of the conference program is now available online at .

All conference events take place in McHugh Hall, which is a short (5-8 minute) walk from the Graduate Hotel (855 Bolton Road, Storrs, CT) and the Watson Hall dorms (632 Gilbert Road, Storrs). McHugh Hall is located just behind the Student Union building (2110 Hillside Road). Registration opens at 8:00 am on Monday and 7:30 am on Tuesday in the McHugh Hall atrium. The Monday workshop begins at 8:30 am and ends at 5:00pm. The Tuesday conference sessions will begin promptly at 8:30 am. Wednesday, the conference starts at 8:00am and ends at 4:00pm.


A light continental breakfast is provided each day, and refreshments are served during the afternoon breaks. On Tuesday evening, there is a reception at 5:00pm, in conjunction with the poster session. The reception features appetizers, a carving station, and a hosted bar. Lunch is provided on Tuesday and Wednesday, but not on Monday. Unless you specifically requested gluten free, vegan, or dairy free meals on your registration, please refrain from taking the few special snack items that have been ordered for those with dietary restrictions.

Pro-environment tip: To try to minimize plastic waste, we encourage all participants to bring refillable water bottles to the conference.

Dining Cards for Wednesday Lunch. Lunch on Wednesday, June 28th  is in the Union Street Market, a food court style eatery in the Student Union Building from 12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. You will receive a dining card at conference registration. Each card will be loaded with a $15.00 credit for use only on Wednesday and only at UConn’s Union Street Market. The card is NOT valid at non-UConn retail locations such as Subway.  All Dining Cards MUST be returned before the end of the conference. There is a $4.00 fee per unreturned card. Staff will be on hand to collect Dining Cards following lunch on Wednesday. You can also give the cards to a staff member at the registration desk. If you are not staying for lunch on Wednesday, please return the card to the registration desk as soon as possible. The dining card will not work on Tuesday! Everyone who returns their dining card to a staff member will be entered into a lottery.  The winner will receive free conference registration for next year’s conference (June 24-26, 2024).

Paper and Poster Presentations

Paper presentations: If you are presenting a paper, please bring your paper presentation on a flash/thumb drive.  Each presentation room has a PC computer and a projector. The presentations flow more smoothly if everyone loads their presentations onto the desktop before the session begins. Also, we ask that the last presenter in each of the concurrent sessions serve as the chair/time keeper so that all papers receive adequate and equal presentation time. For a 30 minute presentation, please plan to talk for no more than 25 minutes- leave 5 minutes for questions and transitioning between speakers.  Finally, please take a moment to check the draft program posted online and email me if there are any errors in the title or listed authors. (I will be printing the program on Thursday- please let me know before Thursday if you see any errors.)

Poster Session: The poster session is old school– it requires a physical poster.  You should bring the poster with you (there is nowhere near campus that offers quick poster printing services.  The poster should be no larger than 4 feet tall by 6 feet wide.  We will supply thumbtacks.  Please come to the Student Union Ballroom by 5:00 pm to hang your poster.  Your poster number is in the program book, along with your abstract. We ask that you stay with your poster for the first hour of the session (5:00-6:00pm). Please take a moment to check the draft program posted online and email me if there are any errors in the title or listed authors.

Accommodations, Transportation and Parking:

Graduate Hotel. If you are staying in the Graduate hotel, the street address is 855 Bolton Road, Storrs, CT. The hotel phone number is 860-427-7888.  If you are driving a car and staying at the hotel, you can park your car at the hotel.

Watson Residence Halls. If you are staying in the Watson residence halls (632 Gilbert Road, Storrs), you should try to check in between 2-5pm.  If you arrive between 2-5pm, check-in at the lounge space on the main floor of Watson Dorm in Alumni.  Take the elevator to the 1st floor and take a left.  You will see the lounge door propped open. Check-in and check-out are from 2:00-5:00 p.m. If you are arriving between 5:30pm and 8:00am, call 860-234-2181 for registration. This is the evening on-duty housing number, and someone will meet you to check you in. Having said that, calling a bit in advance is recommended to expedite the check-in process, especially late at night. So, for example, if you are arriving on a late night or early morning flight, I recommend calling the housing desk from the airport to let them know what time you plan to arrive at the dorm. If you need to reach housing during the day, the phone number to use is 860-486-5780, which is for the Werth Desk.

For those staying in the dorms, to reach housing—-

  • Evening Phone (5:30pm- 8:00am):  860-234-2181
  • Daytime Phone (8:00am-5:00pm): 860-486-5780

If you are flying, you can take a taxi or a rideshare (Uber, Lyft, etc.) from the airport to campus.  We do not endorse any taxi or ride share companies, but we provide a taxi # here for your convenience: AAA Cab & Livery (860)-623-8888.


If you have a car— If you are staying in the dorms, you should park your car in the South campus garage and walk to events. If you are driving in each day, park in the South Garage (505 Stadium Road).  If you are parking in the South campus garage, you need to preregister your vehicle. (There are no parking tickets in the garage anymore.) Register your vehicle in advance by entering your license plate at  The code is 062023MMMC for all three days.