What is the Student Simulation Competition?

A daylong competition for graduate students at NASPAA schools to work together to solve a complex public policy problem by using a simulation. The simulation model will emulate the process of solving real world problems while offering a distinctive experience to students.

When is the Student Simulation Competition?

This year, the simulation will be held over two weekends (Saturday, February 24 & Saturday, March 3).

Who is eligible?

Current graduate students at NASPAA member schools may apply to participate. If your school is not a member and has students wishing to compete, please see our courtesy membership policy.

What is required of faculty?

Very little! Faculty members should promote the opportunity to students, but there is no coaching or student preparation work required. There is no role for faculty coaches.

What is the application process?

Interested students should view the student registration page. Preference will be given to students nominated by their school’s dean, program director, or Pi Alpha Alpha advisors. Dean nomination process will begin on October 13. Self-registering students will apply to participate in the simulation beginning on November 13. Students will be notified of acceptance on a rolling basis. The deadline to apply will be December 23.

When is the application deadline?

Deans will have until November 13 to nominate students to participate in the competition. Student self-registration will begin on November 13 and end on December 13. For further information on the application process, please visit the Application Process and Deadlines page.

Is there a cost to participate?

NO! Participation is free, but students are expected to travel to a regional competition site. Host schools/cities have been selected to be within driving distance to as many students as possible. Students should approach their institution about helping to cover travel costs. If schools are unwilling or unable to cover costs, NASPAA may be able to provide partial reimbursement for students.

Is there a prize?

Yes, there will be excellent prizes awarded to members of the global winning team. Details are forthcoming.

What’s the 2018 simulation topic?

This year’s topic is global health security and pandemics crisis management. No prior knowledge or focus in this area is required to compete.

More questions? Please contact competition@naspaa.org