MARAC logo superimposed on beautiful photo of spaceMid-American Regional Astrophysics Conference 2019
9th Annual Regional Meeting of the American Astronomical Society

Friday/Saturday, April 12/13, 2019
49th Mid-American Regional Astrophysics Conference
Atchison, KS 66002

Update: 3/27/19
The meeting/presentations will be in the Westerman Hall auditorium (Room 120) both Friday and Saturday. Parking will be extremely convenient. A campus map showing the parking can be accessed via the link below:



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Invited Speaker:


University of Kansas

Dr. Kirkpatrick is a recent addition to the Astronomy program at KU. She specializes in observational extragalactic astronomy, particularly the discovery and role of supermassive black holes in galaxy evolution.

Hidden Monsters in the Distant Universe

All galaxies host a supermassive black hole at their centers, at least a million times the mass of the Sun. These monsters are often lurking unseen behind thick blankets of dust. I will describe how space telescopes can uncover the secrets at the centers of galaxies in the distant universe, 7-10 billion years in the past. This is an epoch in which galaxies have ample fuel for forming new stars and feeding their black holes. These monsters go through growth spurts and feeding frenzies that can greatly impact their host galaxies, possibly even terminating all nearby star formation. I will also discuss what new information will be revealed with the launch of NASA's next flagship mission, the James Webb Space Telescope, in 2021.

General Invitation

All professional scientists involved in teaching and/or research in astronomy/astrophysics/space science are cordially invited to present papers in ANY field of astronomy, astrophysics, or space science. Students are especially welcome. Advanced amateurs are also invited to attend.

The conference presentations are composed of 15-minute contributed talks (including questions) and posters following the same format as AAS meetings.  If you intend to present a talk or a poster, when completing the on-line registration form, please submit your paper title and abstract, with authors and institutions BY


When completing the on-line form, please be sure to note any restrictions on when you can arrive or need to leave. Titles and abstracts will be posted on the MARAC site as they become available.


All attendees, whether presenting a paper or not, are requested to complete the online registration form.

If you do not intend to present a paper at the meeting, you are free to register online anytime or on-site at the meeting.

REGISTRATION FEES WILL BE COLLECTED ON SITE. If you require a receipt, we will be happy to supply one.

Registration Fee:     $25                      Students: $10

Questions & Comments

If you have any comments and/or suggestions for MARAC in general, please contact the LOC (email addresses below) or, for meeting specifics, contact Bruce Twarog via email at: or Ryan Maderak at Benedictine College (

Photos from the2018  talk sessions can be accessed here.
Some images from the 2018 POSTER displays can be accessed here.

Campus Parking

Internet access/Wifi will be available at the meeting.

To minimize the destruction of another forest, we will print up a limited no. of schedules with titles only for use on site. You are encouraged to download and access the full schedule and abstracts on your own device.

For registration payment, please note that we do not take credit cards. Payment should be made in cash or as a check made out to Bruce Twarog. We will provide receipts for any attendee requiring paperwork for reimbursement or attendance purposes.

Poster backboards are 48" x 36" and mounted flat on a display easel; they can be oriented either vertically or horizontally.




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MARAC organizers abide by the AAS Ethics Statement and have adopted the Anti-Harassment Policy for Meetings and Activities of the American Astronomical Society and Divisions.

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