2017 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition

Student Self-Nomination / Registration

Spaces at the competition are limited!  Students will be accepted to participate on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, and the number of participants from each school is restricted. You will be notified by email in January if you are accepted. For more information on the application process, click here!

Nominations from Deans and Pi Alpha Alpha Advisors

Deans or Pi Alpha Alpha Advisors select the student of your choice to represent your school at the competition. (Registration takes only 60 seconds.)


On February 25, 2017, graduate students from NASPAA schools will compete at 8 global sites around the world in a dynamic daylong competition. Public administration and policy students will analyze a Food Security problem (related to UN Sustainable Development Goal #2) and present their solutions to a panel of expert judges. The competition will feature a simulation model, which requires students to apply the skills they learned in the classroom and implement systems thinking.

Students will participate at their closest regional site on Saturday, February 25, 2017. The eight host sites include:

  • Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
  • Columbia University, New York City, New York, USA
  • George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, USA
  • Indiana University Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, hosted in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
  • Maastricht University, Maastricht, Netherlands
  • Tsinghua University, Beijing, China **on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017**
  • Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia
  • University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Students that participate have the opportunity to: meet locally and connect globally with other Public Affairs students, learn like never before using cutting edge simulation technology to address a relevant international problem, and win prize internships.

See why 95% of participants say they would participate again:

POA-Silver-Award-Badge-WEBNASPAA’s 2015 Inaugural Student Simulation Competition, held February 28, 2015, was a resounding success! 181 students from 93 schools participated at 5 regional sites. The competition was an recognized as a ASAE Power of A Silver Award Winner.