Welcome to the Midwest Junto

Update (Mar. 27, 2020)

In light of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic, the 2020 Midwest Junto has been cancelled. The Junto officers have decided that Iowa State University will instead host next year’s meeting in Spring 2021. If you have already registered and paid for this year’s meeting, Junto treasurer Kate Sheppard will be in touch with you regarding refunds. If you booked a room for the meeting at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center, please call 515-292-8600 to cancel your reservation.

Original Call for Papers

The 63rd meeting of the Midwest Junto for the History of Science will be held April 24-26, 2020 at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.

For more than six decades, the Midwest Junto has fostered an informal, congenial environment where students, faculty, and independent scholars can gather to discuss their research. We welcome submissions for fifteen-minute presentations on any aspect of the history of science, technology, or medicine, as well as related STS fields. Graduate students are strongly encouraged to participate, and partial subsidies for accommodations will be made available to graduate student presenters.

Please submit an abstract (300 words maximum), including your name, institutional affiliation, faculty or graduate student status, email, and phone number, to Amy Bix, professor of history at ISU, at abix@iastate.edu by February 14, 2020.

Further information about the conference will be posted here as it becomes available. Please contact Amy Bix if you have any additional questions.



Scholars wishing to attend the 2020 Midwest Junto–including speakers–should submit their registration information using the form below. The cost of registration is $35 for faculty members and $25 for graduate students or independent scholars. In addition, participants may sign up for the traditional Junto banquet, which will be held at the Gateway Hotel on Saturday, April 25.The cost per person to attend the banquet is $40.

After completing the registration form, payment should be submitted via check or PayPal.

Checks should be made out to “Midwest Junto” and sent by mail to:

Kathleen Sheppard
136-B, HSS Bldg
500 W. 14th St.
Rolla, MO 65409

PayPal registrants should send their payment to midwestjunto@gmail.com. If you take advantage of this option, please add an additional $3 to your payment to cover PayPal’s transaction fees.

Registration for the 2020 Midwest Junto has been put on hold due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Please check back here in the coming months for updates about the 2021 Junto.


A block of rooms has been reserved between Thursday and Sunday nights (Apr. 23-26, 2020) at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center. The Gateway is a short, easy drive to the ISU campus, where the Junto meeting will be held.

Rooms will be available for $124/night. To reserve a room, please call the hotel (515-292-8600, make sure to reference the Midwest Junto block) or visit this link. Please be sure to contact the hotel before April 3, 2020 to secure the discounted rate.

The Junto will reimburse graduate students who are presenting papers for up to half of one night’s lodging. Money for this purpose comes from dues and donations collected from members at the meeting.

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