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. Students will interact with a model and see the potential results across a twenty-year span of time.

When is the Student Simulation Competition?

This year it is the weekend of Saturday, February 25, 2017 at the US, South American, and European sites. The China site will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

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 application process. Preference will be given to students nominated by their school’s dean, program director, or Pi Alpha Alpha advisor (beginning on Dec. 1). Self-registering students (beginning on Dec. 2) will then be accepted on order of sign up. Each school will be guaranteed at least two entries, additional students per school will be selected as space at the host site allows. Students will be notified of acceptance status late January or early February.

When is the application deadline?

Registration will open in December 2016 and close January 27, 2017.

Is there a cost to participate?

NO! Participate 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 an excellent prize opportunity for the overall global willing team. Details will be forthcoming.

What’s the 2017 simulation topic?

This year’s topic is related to food security and the UN Sustainable Development Goal #2. No prior knowledge or focus in this area is required to compete.

More questions? Please contact competition@naspaa.org