2015 Competition

NASPAA’s 2015 Inaugural Student Simulation Competition, held February 28, 2015, was a resounding success! 181 students from 93 schools participated at 5 regional sites. This daylong event brought together graduate students at NASPAA schools to analyze a current health policy problem and present their solutions to a panel of judges.

The competition featured the ReThink Health simulation, which required students to apply the skills they have learned in the classroom and implement systems thinking. This was a transformative experience for students and they showcased their leadership skills, critical thinking abilities, and collaborative decision making. The Competition is partially sponsored by Pi Alpha Alpha, The Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration.

National Winning Team
(press release): National Capital: University of Maryland, School of Public Policy View the winning team presentation and simulation result with the following team members:

  • Nomzana Augustin, Johns Hopkins University
  • Zachary Blackburn, University of Virginia
  • Christophe Combemale, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Mark Rucci, University of Delaware

National Winning Team for Best Documented Team Learning: Team 6 competing at University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy site: View the winning team presentation and simulation result with the following team members:

  • Benjamin Batorsky, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Alexander Harwood, California State University Los Angeles
  • Johanna Jamison, University of Colorado Denver
  • Kharaam Sharifpour, University of Southern California

Regional Winning Teams:

Midwest: Indiana University-IUPUI, School of Public and Environmental Affairs View the winning team presentation and simulation result with the following team members:

  • Emma Powell, Western Michigan University
  • Zach Smith, IUPUI
  • Robert Simeral, The Ohio State University

Northeast: University at Albany-SUNY, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy View the winning team presentation and simulation result with the following team members:

  • Tamara Alkhattar, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Michael Judson, Post University

Southeast: The University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs View the winning team presentation and simulation result with the following team members:

  • Victoria Roberts, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Angela Smith, Georgia State University
  • Geoffrey West, University of South Florida

West: University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy View the winning team presentation and simulation result with the following team members:

  • Benjamin Batorsky, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Alexander Harwood, California State University Los Angeles
  • Johanna Jamison, University of Colorado Denver
  • Kharaam Sharifpour, University of Southern California

The 2015 Competition’s Schedule is available here.