Acceptance/Scheduling of Abstracts 

Notification of acceptance of oral and poster presentations is Friday, May 1, 2020. If an official letter is needed confirming abstract acceptance, please contact the the Scientific Program Officers. Notification of scheduling of your presentation is not automatic. Information on the time and date of scheduled presentations will be available Monday, June 15, 2020 with the posting of the electronic version of the final Program & Abstracts booklet on this website  and ASP website. Abstracts appearing in the final Program & Abstracts booklet are not citable as abstracts for publication purposes.

Preparing Your Abstract(s)

All abstracts must be submitted in English. The TITLE should be short, concise, and indicative of the abstract content. Use words with index retrieval value; avoid general words like “Studies on” or “Investigations of.” Use sentence case. The CONTENT should be a single paragraph of no more than 350 words containing a concise statement of (1) the problem under investigation, (2) the experimental methods used, (3) the essential results, and (4) the conclusions. Do not include figures or tables. Scientific names should be written out in full when first used; on repetition the genus name may be abbreviated with the first letter, except at the beginning of a sentence. Scientific names should be italicized. To avoid nomina nuda, names of new taxa should not be included in the abstract. Note that abstracts submitted by any single author may be restricted to two oral presentations, with the remainder designated as posters at the discretion of the Scientific Program Officers.

Submitting Your Abstract(s)

Submit your abstract(s) through Oxford Abstracts. Please follow all of the instructions at that site carefully using the examples of formatting provided. Names and affiliations of all authors are required. Choose the session topic that best describes the content of your abstract. You will receive email confirmation of successfully submitted abstracts; please print that page and save your submission ID number. Submission of abstracts to symposia is by invitation only. If you have been invited to contribute to a symposium please follow the instructions above and enter the name of the symposium given to you by the symposium organizer when submitting your abstract. Abstracts can be modified up to the Abstract Submission deadline. Note: The deadline for abstract submission is Friday, April 17, 2020; the online submission system will be disabled at midnight (EST) on that date.



Microsoft PowerPoint® is the presentation standard for the meeting. Speakers should bring their presentation on a USB Flash Drive and download their files to the PC of their session at least 30 minutes before the start of the session. Images, movies, and fonts should be embedded in the presentation; fonts, colours, and animations should be used both consistently and judiciously. The use of standard slide format is strongly recommended (i.e., aspect ratio of 4:3 rather than the 16:9 default ratio in PowerPoint®). Speakers are encouraged to test their presentation on a different computer than was used to create it. Mac users should be certain to test their presentations on a PC. The onus will be on speakers to verify the compatibility of their files with the computers in use at the venue. The standard oral presentation is 12 minutes plus three minutes for questions, unless otherwise indicated.



Posters offer an excellent opportunity for more extensive exchanges of ideas between presenters and their audience. No competing activities will be scheduled during the poster session. Posters will be grouped numerically by topic. Each poster will be allotted a 4’ x 4’ (122 x 122 cm) free-standing posterboard. Numbers on posterboards will correspond to poster numbers. Refer to the Program & Abstracts booklet for assigned poster numbers. Each poster should include a title and the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s) at the top, and a copy of the abstract. At least one author must be present during the entire poster session.


Awards scheduled to be presented at the Kansas City meeting include the Ashton Cuckler New Investigator and Clark P. Read Mentor awards, and the H. B. Ward Medal. Recipients of the latter two will be asked to speak. In addition, he recipient of the 2020 Eminent Parasitologist Lectureship will be asked to give a 50-minute presentation. Once the 2020 recipients have been selected, those speaking will be contacted by a Scientific Program Officer for a title (but not an abstract).


Student Paper Competition &
Marc Dresden Student Travel Grants

Student Paper Competition

Students interested in participating in the Student Paper Competition should indicate this at the time of abstract submission. Only oral presentations qualify for the Student Paper Competition. Note that you need not apply for a Marc Dresden Student Travel Grant to participate in the Student Paper Competition.

Mark Dresden Student Travel (MDST) Grant

Students presenting talks or posters may apply for a MDST Grant. All application materials must be submitted as part of the abstract submission process. Applications must include an abstract, certification of student status, mentor information, and an itemized budget of total costs and amount of funding requested. Students applying for an MDST Grant need not enter the Student Paper Competition. 

Affiliate Society Best Student Paper Competition Winners: Recipients of these awards for an oral presentation given since the 2019 ASP meeting are entitled to an automatic MDST Grant with the commitment of delivering an oral presentation at the 2020 ASP meeting. In addition to the application materials listed above, these students must check the AFFILIATE SOCIETY AWARD WINNER box on the abstract submission form, and indicate their affiliate society.

Questions about the MDST Grant process should be directed to the MSDT Grant Committee Chairperson, Dr. Matt Bolek, Department of Integrative Biology, Oklahoma State University, 501 Life Sciences West, Stillwater, OK 74078. Phone: (405) 744-9675; email: bolek@okstate.edu.


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